Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor3
Going Green With Office Appliances
The modern business owner owes it not only to himself but to the environment to move towards a more green business model. Going green is something that a lot of people think might be overly expensive or confusing, but it doesn’t have to be either of these. Making your office more green is all about taking small steps, one a time.
One of the best ways to start is to consider incorporating green appliance into your office. Green office appliances can not only help to lessen your business’s footprint on the environment, but can typically save you a great deal of money over time. By taking the following tips into consideration, you can move towards a more green office environment in a relatively short period of time.
Start With the Kitchen
A lot of people don’t realize just how much of an energy suck kitchen appliances can be. Refrigerators, dishwashers and even coffee makers can all be energy hogs. This is not only bad for the environment, but can quickly drive your electricity bill through the roof. Green kitchen appliances are perfect not only for making your office a bit more eco-friendly, but also for conserving energy.
The first place to look would be your dishwasher. Dated dishwashers tend to utilize a great deal of both water and electricity, not to mention the fact that they break down far more easily than modern units. An energy-efficient model may not be the cheapest purchase you’ll make for your business, but it will surely be one of the wisest in the long-run. The same can be said for refrigerators, as you can save a lot of electricity by replacing an old model with a new, energy-efficient unit.
Move to the Conference Room
Once you’ve tackled adding green appliances to your kitchen, it’s time to move on over to the conference room. There’s nothing more important than having comfortable conference chairs for the meeting room, as chances are you and your employees will spend a fair amount of time discussing important topics there. Chairs that are made out of sustainable materials such as bamboo are not only comfortable, but better for the environment than those constructed out of synthetic materials. They can also add a great deal of elegance and richness to your office, which is perfect for when it comes time to win over a potential new client.
The same can be said for conference room tables; avoid those made out of composites, going instead with tables constructed out of real, high-quality hardwoods.
Survey the Rest of the Office
Just because you’ve added green appliances and furniture to two of the most important rooms in your office doesn’t mean that you’re done. Your employees’ workstations, for example, often contain appliances that can be improved upon if they are at all dated. Energy-efficient shredders, monitors and printers can all help to lower your electricity costs, and come with the added bonus of helping to make your office more advanced and modern; something any business owner can benefit from.
Going green isn’t just a fad, it’s a reality that society is coming to terms with, albeit slowly. Indeed, there are scientists who list climate change as a possible cause for Earth’s six extinction, which in this case would be the human race. It’s therefore more important than ever for us to incorporate “green” into all modalities of business and consumerism, from kitchen appliances to office equipment.