Posted on Oct 01, 2011
Save the Planet, Save Money
Want to save a pile of green and become a green franchise in the process? Recent studies have shown that companies that go green can lower operating costs while minimizing environmental impact. We've put together a list of 10 simple ways franchises can get started.
- Be bright about light. Over 40% of the average company's electricity bill comes from indoor lighting. Switch to Energy Star-rated light bulbs and fixtures and install timers or motion sensors to automatically reduce wasted energy.
- Turn off the computer. Business computers waste $1 billion worth of electricity a year. Forget the screensaver; set all monitors to power off (sleep mode) after 10 minutes of nonuse.
- Print smarter. Recycle toner and ink cartridges and buy remanufactured ones. They're cheaper and each remanufactured cartridge saves about a half gallon of oil.
- Go paperless. The average office worker goes through 10,000 sheets of paper a year. To reduce waste, move to digital documents instead of printing notes, agendas, employee manuals, etc.
- Rethink the fleet. When buying a new vehicle for your business, look for hybrids and other high-mileage vehicles. Make sure the tires on all company vehicles are properly inflated-it increases gas mileage.
- Boot the commute. Encourage telecommuting. It's a nice perk that saves gas and reduces pollution while raising productivity (by as much as 40%!).
- Go virtual. Do more business online and cut down on unnecessary business trips and delivery services. Teleconferencing and technologies are cheaper and reduce fuel consumption.
- Create a healthy environment. Buy furniture, carpeting, and paint that are free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and won't off-gas toxic chemicals. It can save thousands of dollars in healthcare costs and absenteeism.
- Be fair. Buy Fair Trade coffee for the office lounge. It reduces the carbon footprint in developing nations.
- Use real cups. Get rid of those disposable cups in the employee lounge. It takes at least 20 pounds of paper a year to produce one disposable cup each day for one person.
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