Going green is often seen as something that is very expensive for a company. Luckily, that isn’t really the case. A company can go green and actually save quite a bit of money. This makes it easier to do the right thing and helps to combat climate change since there is also a nice benefit to the bottom line as well.
The most obvious way to look at it is that saving energy means a reduction in how much you consume. This means that a company spends less money on its energy bills. This is just one example of the concept in its simplest form. In this article, we will go over several ways that going green will also save your company money.
1 – Use fewer fossil fuels
Fossil fuels are not only a major polluter and the most significant cause of greenhouse gasses, but they are also non-renewable. There will be a time when the cost of fossil fuels makes them a non-viable fuel source.
For instance, a trucking company can start using plant-based fuels in place of fossil fuels which is good for the environment. This is going to save money since switching to an electric fleet will cost a considerable amount of money and greener diesel fuels such as HVO can help cut CO2 emissions.
2 – Go paperless
Making paper is a very resource intensive process. Trees are often cut down and then processed into paper using a lot of fossil fuels as well as water. Then, shipping paper is costly and uses even more resources.
If your office goes paperless then you are taking all of those resource hogs out of the equation. In the process, you will be saving loads of money. It is easier than ever to give up paper in your office since so many documents can be digitized and even signed digitally.
Not only are you saving money by not buying any more paper, but you need less space for storage. You can have a smaller office since you no longer need to use a lot of space for your documents. This saves considerably in many ways.
3 – Use LED lighting
LED lights are much better than traditional lighting systems for a few reasons. The two biggest ones are the fact that they use less energy and last much longer. If you substitute these lights for all of your fluorescent and other lights in your office you will save loads of money in the long run.
They will cost you a bit upfront to make the change since LED lights are more expensive than regular bulbs but the savings will pay for themselves. In the process, you’ll be using less energy and being more sustainable.
4 – Allow telecommuting
The pandemic has shown that most work done in an office can easily be done by employees in their own homes. By allowing them to continue doing this you can take a lot of carbon emissions out of the atmosphere since there will be fewer people commuting.
The company will be able to save money by spending less on office space. A business can use a smaller office that costs less to lease and the utilities will also be much less.