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Going Green: How to Create a More Sustainably Minded Business

Becoming a more sustainability-minded business is a win-win situation. Of course, it’s the right thing to do for the planet. Reducing your emissions contributes to an overall healthier world. However, there is another, perhaps less selfless, a reason to go green. Modern consumers love to support businesses that have a strong sustainability focus. So, here are some tips on going green without compromising your financial stability.

Clean, green energy

Renewable energy is booming across the country, so if you don’t already access solar or wind energy, it’s time to consider it. There are two ways you can do this. You can generate your own power with an on-site solar system. This is a great way to reduce your energy costs while supporting sustainability measures.

This does come with considerable setup costs though, so you might choose another option. Look for electricity retailers who can provide you with clean, green energy. Power purchase agreements are also available, allowing you to source 100% renewable energy.

Energy-efficient technology

Another great way to reduce your company’s footprint is to invest in energy-efficient technology. You can take small steps by only purchasing electrical equipment with good energy ratings. Perhaps consider energy-rated lighting in your office. Or, you can go a little further and look into the Internet of Things technology such as a building energy management system, which gives you greater control over your energy consumption.

Ditch the paper

It might sound like a small measure, but every step counts. It’s time to go paperless. In the modern world, we have everything we need in digital form. Sure, there are a few minor exceptions where you must use paper, but most businesses could drastically reduce their use. Invest in technology that takes your business to the next level, while also removing the need for paper. Things like online timesheets are a great start.

Electric vehicle fleets and chargers

When it’s time to review your fleet vehicles, now is the time to go electric. The electric vehicle industry is picking up speed now, and there are more and more charging stations around the country to make EVs more viable. So, why invest in old petrol-guzzling vehicles when you can lead the way with an EV fleet. You can even install EV chargers at your workplace, encouraging customers and staff to go electric too.

Recycling

Most people are pretty familiar with recycling now, however, it’s amazing how many businesses don’t do enough of it. Sometimes it’s as easy as setting up more recycle bins around the office to encourage people to do the right thing with plastic and glass.

Flexible work conditions

Finally, consider offering flexible working conditions. You could have people working from home regularly, or even at other smaller, remote sites. This can benefit you in two ways. You can consider alternative office space options, potentially downsizing and saving heaps on rent and overheads. Additionally, allowing people to work from home means less commuting, which means less pollution from cars.

You don’t have to overhaul your entire business model to go green. In fact, a few simple steps are all it takes. Your customers will love it, and you’ll likely save some dollars along the way.

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