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FEBRUARY 19, 2018

Developing a business that drives profitability whilst simultaneously building corporate culture that is built upon sustainability is a common formula most businesses want to obtain.

More and more corporations are achieving this, simply by adopting measured ‘green office practices’ in their daily operations. Bringing waste to a minimum is a massive part of the bigger solution when it comes to technology.

However, it’s not just as simple as using a recycling bin or printing double-sided. There are so many hidden bits of tech in your office that is actually costing you money, and maximizing waste.

Here’s how to reverse that.

Reducing waste

Printing at unnecessary rates is the largest underlying issue in the office which rarely obtains the attention it needs. It’s estimated in Australia that, on average we use 230kg of paper per person in one year… What? You might have just asked yourself. Throw the numbers in Google, it’s crazy. In fact, it’s actually the highest per capita rate of paper consumption in the world and racks up a terribly huge amount of unnecessary costs for your business.

This is something that can effortlessly be overcome. If this is something you’re looking to achieve in your business, we suggest conducting an audit. This will allow you to see what everyone in your office is printing, whilst bringing to the surface any workflow issues or security problems.

If you want to dig even deeper into this subject, then you should really take a look at the printing equipment you are using. Technology has paved the way for printers that are essentially built towards waste minimization. Crunch the numbers, and check to see how many prints per toner cartridge your equipment can achieve.

Going green by minimising energy

Creating a sustainable workplace has a reflective effect on company culture, staff drive and is attributed to increasing productivity levelling higher profits.

Here are a few points to consider when thinking about minimising energy consumption at work:

Be a star

Office technology, much like regular home appliances, all have a star rating that categorizes energy consumption.

Head around your office and check the star ratings on your tech to ensure your office is using energy efficient technology. If you can, make sure that you are setting equipment to its sleep mode when it’s not being used. Simple tasks like this will take your energy optimization a long way.

Energy Saving

Be bright

Energy demanding incandescent lighting is being moved out and there are many alternatives on the market that will drive down energy usage and costs.

Be cool

Heating and cooling appliances drain heavy energy. However, setting your air-conditioner to moderate temperatures, keeping windows and doors shut will provide better heating and cooling enhancements whilst being more energy efficient and costing your business less money.

How to become a part of this process

Waste minimisation in business doesn’t only apply to resources and energy. Human energy consumption has a massive impact on your overall wastage.

If you have efficient and organised processes in place to ensure efficiency you will reduce wasted levels of productivity by a gigantic amount.

Ask yourself:

  • Is the process in place taking into consideration green solutions?
  • Are staff unnecessarily printing when they could be storing & sharing digital files through cloud computing?
  • Are there systems and equipment that could minimise lost productivity at work?

As technology evolves applications and workflow systems evolve alongside it. Increasing productivity to between a healthy office space while reducing waste and minimising your company’s overall carbon footprint.

Are you serious about becoming a more energy efficient workplace?

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