It seems like everyone is talking about saving energy, resources, and living green these days. Maybe your business has put it on the back burner but now that 2011 has begun it could be the perfect time for your office to get a green program going. Here are some tips for making your business greener.

  • Don’t print it. How many times have you seen an article or a webpage you want to read later and printed it? Try not to succumb to the temptation to print. If you can’t read it right away, bookmark the page.
  • Don’t print everything. Don’t print the entire article if you only want one paragraph. Highlight the paragraph you want, then copy and paste it into a Word document. It’s also a lot easier to use as a reference or a quote in a report if you don’t have to retype it.
  • Use both sides of the page. Many new printers can be set to print on both sides of the page, but if your printer cannot, keep a stack of “one-side-used” paper beside the printer to print drafts or articles that will only be used for reference.
  • Recycle. Offices generate a lot of waste other than paper, and some of it is toxic. Do what you can to recycle old office equipment. You will find a host of recycling tips, locations, and information on the Internet
  • Turn in old ink cartridges. Many office supply stores have recycle stations where you can drop off your old printer cartridges to be reused. Groups can even make money recycling old print cartridges.
  • Turn it Off. Unplug chargers when they are not in use. Chargers, when left plugged into the sockets are still eating power, even though your device is not refueling, so take a moment to unplug them or plug all the devices into a single surge protector and turn it off when not in use.
  • Lights Out. Take a moment before you leave the office to turn off lights, printers, computers, monitors, and copiers. You will extend the life of your equipment and save some money as well.

About The Sundance Company
Established in 1976, The Sundance Company has the experience to help you with your commercial real estate needs in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and the greater Treasure Valley. If your requirements include property management, leasing, real estate development, project planning, construction or space planning then look to us. The Sundance Company has more than 1.5 million square feet of office and industrial space available in prime Boise and Meridian locations. More information is available at www.sundanceco.com or 208.322.7300.

 

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