The current economic crisis has set up extremely high cost reduction standards in the corporate world. The giant offices filled with people consuming office supplies at an increasing rate became the place where resources could be saved.
No matter how drastic the measure seemed, it was quite eco sensible too. The office politics built the cost reduction on the same principles the eco conscious behavior is built on.
So if you are in the position to consider office cost reduction as your target, think of it from the perspective of saving the planet and it will make a lot more sense.
Paper, light and temperature are all part of adopting at home an ecological attitude. The long office hours we spend at work might as well be as green as the time we spend at home.
Recycle the paper instead of throwing it. Basic…of course but you should know that 80% of the office garbage is made out of paper. Launch a trend of collecting it in bags among the office colleagues and start an initiative of transporting it to special collecting place in town.
A ton of recycled paper generates an economy of 550 kg of carbon dioxide, saves 3 million liters of water, 3 000 – 5 000 KWH of energy and 17 mature trees.
Print less. Of course we feel the compulsive need to print the info so we can process it better, however, it is important to analyze whether or not this is something you have to do. If you have to print, make the font smaller and print on both sides of the paper.
Let your computer rest. In the evening before you go home simply turn of the computer and monitor. While on stand by, the gadgets consume as much energy as when they are working. You would be surprised how much energy an office would save if the users will shut down the computers.
Heat and cool with moderation. Keep the windows shut in winter and do not heat the office more than 20-22 C degrees. On summer do not turn on the air conditioning unless it is absolutely necessary and you are in the office.
Take advantage of the natural light and close the office lights when you don’t need it.
Consider the office as the second home. If you hate your employer and you want to see it pull more money out of the pocket to pay the energy bills, consider that your hate is consuming important Earth resources that your kids will need in the future.