Three Easy Ways to Go Green at Work


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Back in April of this year, we saw a dip in CO2 emissions worldwide due to the lack of vehicles on the road. While this was an unintentional consequence of the pandemic, it’s a sound reminder of how our everyday choices affect the environment. It is increasingly important that we become more eco-friendly in all aspects of our lives, including while at work.

Whether you are going back to the office or still working from home, here are three easy ways that you can be more eco-friendly while working.

Tip 1: Unplug Devices That Are Not in Use

The energy drawn from devices that are plugged in but not in use is known as Vampire Power. While it’s typically not as much energy as when the device is in use, it still adds up and puts unnecessary stress on the environment. Prevent this waste of power by unplugging devices such as phone chargers, printers, and perhaps even your TV when you are not using them. This may even increase your productivity if you have a work-from-home tendency of taking extraneous TV breaks.
Also avoid charging your devices overnight, as it keeps your devices plugged in for more time than necessary. Charging your device for the proper amount of time not only saves energy, but keeps your device's battery in good health for longer.

Tip 2: Use Eco-Friendly Office Supplies

Firstly, make sure to thoroughly use any supplies that you already have to avoid unnecessary purchases. Once you are actually in need of supplies, buy eco-friendly items such as refillable pens, reusable mugs, and so forth. When shopping for office furniture, consider shopping at your local thrift store or flea market.

When it comes to paper, many offices have room for improvement. To reduce use in this regard, take more notes on your laptops and avoid printing out documents. If someone asks for a printed copy of a file, offer to provide them with a digital copy instead.

Tip 3: Make the Most of Natural Lighting

On average, commercial buildings use about 7 kilowatts an hour per square foot of energy on lighting. That’s a lot of energy and money that could be going to better use. Open the blinds and use natural lighting when possible. Maximize the lighting by painting office walls a bright color, which reflects more light than a dark color.

In addition to saving energy, natural lighting has shown to decrease eye strain and headaches and improve worker productivity, among other things. All of these benefits may in turn increase company revenue.

Remember that going green should be a collective effort, so be sure to share these tips with your friends, family, and coworkers. If you have any tips of your own that you’d like to share with us, be sure to tweet it to @Useful_Staffing.

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