Being conscious of one’s carbon footprint and making smarter decisions isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the trendy thing to do. It carries with it the notion that everyone’s doing it and if you’re not already, you should be.

Not sure where to start? The first step to having a green office is wanting and caring enough to have one. So, if you’re reading this post, you’re well on your way. At Fraser Communications, we’ve implemented four simple practices around the office to get on Mother Nature’s good side and we hope you find them useful in your home or office.

PRINTING:

With millions of pieces of paper being printed on a yearly basis, one easy way to be environmentally conscious is to program the printer to print double sided whenever possible. Of course, accidents happen, so be sure to recycle misprinted paper or shred them to use for package stuffing. One common reason for not recycling is that there aren’t enough bins available. Eliminate this excuse by keeping recycling bins next to all major garbage bins. This reminds and invites all employees to discard properly. And of course, only print when it’s necessary.

LIGHTS:

Paper isn’t the only thing that can be recycled. Light bulbs can be remitted to the local hardware store for proper processing and empty ink cartridges can be mailed back to the manufacturer for reuse. You should also consider swapping out standard bulbs with energy-efficient ones like we do, just in case an employee forgets to turn off the lights.

THERMOSTAT:

Abiding by the manufacturer’s recommended settings and shutting off the thermostat on weekends are simple steps your office can take to optimize energy efficiency and keep your utility bill moderate. You should also dress according to the weather. Instead of cranking up the heat, put on an extra layer of clothing. If it’s too hot, place a fan on your desk.

KITCHEN:

Set an example and encourage employees to use reusable thermoses and containers when packing their lunch. Keep the kitchen stocked with mugs, dishes and silverware that can be used time and time again to lessen the use of disposable wares. (It might be more costly at first, but the investment will easily pay off.) And, make an effort to run the dishwasher only when completely full to not only conserve energy, but also decrease water usage.

Most of these tips aren’t new or revolutionary, but they often become so repetitive that they are ignored altogether. One thing we know well here at Fraser Communications is that encouragement is a huge asset to any team’s competitive advantage. Start implementing a few changes here and there while encouraging employees and colleagues to do the same. Remember—something as simple as a light bulb change is a step toward a greener future for us all.