Does the office you work in use green technology? If not, you and everyone else who works in that office are missing out because green offices can have lots of benefits: Read on for ways you can use green technology for your office.
Offices can produce an inordinate amount of paper that isn’t actually needed for much at all. If your office invests in cloud technology, you’ll be able to drastically cut back on the amount of paper you have to deal with. Not only can cloud technology make the work much simpler to access and easier to do, it can also benefit the environment, as your office will be producing a lot less waste. Of course, even with cloud technology you may still have to deal with paper, but there are ways to do this. For example, use recycled paper and print on both sides of the piece of paper. Also, you can look into using refillable ink cartridges.
Electric lighting can take up a sizeable amount of your office’s energy bill. A good way to cut back on this is to invest in eco-friendly bulbs, such as CFL and LED bulbs. They do tend to be more expensive than standard bulbs, but they last a lot longer so they don’t have to be replaced as often. They also use up less energy and many think they are just as good, if not better, than standard bulbs. Alternatively, you could make more use of natural light by having blinds open. Having staff exposed to natural light, as opposed to artificial light, can actually make them more productive.
If you leave something plugged in but don’t use it, it still uses up a small amount of power. This is known as phantom power and it can easily be got rid of if you use a smart power strip. What this does is it cuts off standby power, so when you’re not using a device, it won’t be using any energy. Other ways to get rid of phantom power include changing your computer’s settings so when it’s asleep or it’s turned off altogether, it uses a lot less. Turn everything off when you leave or have them programmed to be switched off after a certain time.
A study has found that working in green offices can actually improving cognitive function. Offices that are well ventilated and have lower-than-average levels of pollutants are better for employees as they improve how employees respond to crises, use information and develop strategies. One of the ways to improve air quality is hiring an air conditioner; having an air conditioner can reduce the pollen count of the office air and it can help keep humidity levels down during the summer months.
Lots of offices find a lot more convenient to use telecommunications technology to hold meetings in the office, rather than having staff travel for meetings. Not only does this cut down on money and time, it is also better for the environment as your staff aren’t increasing the company’s carbon footprint.
There are lots of ways you can use technology to make your office greener. These are just a few easy ways that can not only benefit the environment, but can also benefit everyone in the office.