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Yes we do! Our office is run from solar panels on our roof and offset by 100% green power which are the major changes we’ve made for financial and evironmental benefits.
They are simple things to do, you just need to get into the habit. Start small and one by one before you know it you’ll notice a difference in your bills.
They do save energy which evolves into easing stress on the bank balance and with increasing
utility charges that will be important.
You might have heard all these tips before but are you actually using them?
Turn off lights and utilize natural light when you can.
Buy Energy Star-rated lightbulbs and fixtures.
Turn off your computer.
Print on both sides or use the back side of old documents for faxes, scrap paper, or drafts.
Avoid color printing and print in draft mode whenever feasible.
Think before you print: could this be read or stored online instead.
Purchase office supplies and furniture made from recycled materials.
Recycle everything your company collects.
Every tonne of paper recycled saves 13 trees, 2.5 barrels of oil,
4100Kwh of electricity, 4m³ of landfill and 31,370 litres of water.
Bring your own mug and dishware for those meals you eat at the office.
Take public transport when feasible instead of a rental car when traveling on business.
If you have to rent a car, some rental agencies now offer hybrids and other high-mileage vehicles.
Carpool or pushbike to work, and/or telecommute when possible.
Use nontoxic cleaning products. Brighten up your cubicle with plants, which absorb indoor pollution.
Buy furniture, carpeting, and paint that are free of volatile organic compounds
(VOCs) and won’t off-gas toxic chemicals.
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Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.