Happy Earth Day! Now is the perfect time to consider your appreciation for the environment and launch those sustainable and environmentally friendly initiatives that you have been meaning to announce. Here are 6 simple steps to reduce your carbon footprint and work to make your business’s daily operations environmentally friendly.
Use Native Plants in Your Landscaping
Sustainable landscaping is the practice of designing an attractive environment that is in balance with the local climate and requires minimum resource inputs. Going green can easily be extended to your lawns, flowerbeds and trees and can help you reduce the use of harmful chemicals as well as your water consumption.
Learn More: Extend Sustainable Practices to Your Landscaping
Recycle Your Paper Products
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 50% of all landfills are paper. If just one ton of newspapers were recovered, three cubic feet of space would be saved. Imagine how much space could be saved if the 26.3 million tons of paper and paperboard products that were discarded in 2012 had been recycled!
Learn More: Conserve Landfill Space; Recycle Your Office Paper
Give Your Windows a Break
Window film helps reduce utility bills without replacing your windows; it is approximately one-tenth the cost of a glass replacement and it emits fewer pollutants into the environment while reflecting the sun’s rays, providing business owners with energy and cost savings.
Learn More: Window Film Helps Improve Energy Efficiency
Use Efficient Lighting Fixtures
Replacing inefficient bulbs, like incandescents or metal halide, with more efficient lighting like LEDs is a huge energy saver. Not only will they use less energy but they will also introduce less heat into the building, keeping your customers and employees more comfortable.
Learn More: LED Lighting Holds Sweet Benefits
Only Use The Water You Need
Water conservation is the practice of using clean water conservatively and protecting it from pollution. Water is the single natural resource that every person on the planet needs to survive but there is a limited supply. More than one billion people lack access to safe drinking water and the number will only increase. What can we do to conserve the water we have for future generations?
Learn More: Water Conservation 101
Take Advantage of Utility Rebates
Growth in business and demand for most markets is more than the electricity generation can handle for some utility companies. To build new or add to existing generation plants can cost billions of dollars and take years to get past all of the red tape. A more cost effective way to sustain the electricity grids and “keep the lights on” is to create new ways to help reduce energy consumption. This is where rebates come in. By adding a very small fee to their customers’ utility bills, usually a fraction of a cent in the ancillary charge, they are able to fund these incentives. We are all already paying for these rebates and most of us don’t even know it!
Learn More: Utility Companies Have a Problem and They Need You to Solve It
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