Going green requires you to adopt an ‘every-little-helps’ mentality to start cutting your costs. Fostering good habits takes time, but once their adopted you’ll make substantial savings. Here are three ways you can be kinder to the environment:
If your office is cluttered and drowning in paper, there’s no better time to start developing better printing habits. Try to reduce your employee’s reliance on printers by taking a couple of them away. If it becomes less convenient to print, they’ll find alternative solutions to the problem.
You can save ink (and money) by not printing in colour and using double-sided copying. We’d also recommend using print management software to help develop better printing practices. Software like Pcounter from AIT allows you to establish an efficient printing policy, which can reduce your costs and paper waste.
You can help your staff by investing in some new technology to make them less reliant on paper. Any of these tablet computers from Viking Direct office supplies can ease the transition. They can act as secondary monitors which will eliminate the need for paper copies to be printed for a side-by-side reference. Whilst it does require investment in the short-term, you will cut your printing costs in the long-term.
Reduce energy usage
Make sure that all electrical devices are turned off at the end of the day, so that they aren’t wasting energy every night. The stand-by modes or sleep functions of many devices still eat up valuable electricity your company could be saving. Create a checklist and make it everyone’s responsibility to turn off all computers, printers and lights when they don’t need to be used.
Managing your paper usage will save you money when you have to place your next office supplies order. You can adopt a more efficient approach to storing your documents by using cloud storage. This will enable you to save all your documents online and access them from anywhere, on any device. Justcloud.com offer free cloud storage with the option of upgrading to a paid account, if you require more space.
Wherever you can, consider taking a digital approach. Do you really have to print your company update or set of slides for every employee? Send them out via email so that they can be viewed ahead of time.
Why not shred that old and unwanted paper and use it as packing material? Alternatively, it can also be used as scrap paper for note taking.