As an employee, working in the office means energy consumption in exchange for productivity. A substantial amount of energy consumed can be negated if only employees are given proper information on how to reduce energy costs. A computer, a printer on standby and lightings kept on during breaks or non office hours consumes energy, and this also means the company is losing an amount without the essential productivity of the employees.
The use of electricity is inevitable, it is essential for daily use in homes, communities, factories, offices and other facilities requiring energy. Offices are one of the mainstays of people, it is a productive environment and almost everyone utilizes electricity for use with computers, air-conditioning units, printers, lighting, microwave and a lot of devices. However the use of energy is often mishandled and this leads to environmental problems with a cascade to global warming.
The mishandled use of energy from fossil fuels and electricity causes an increase in the average temperature of the earths near surface air and oceans, and if not properly addressed it has been projected to increase further in the years to come. Global temperature continues to rise as we speak and this has led to changes in weather patterns, melting of polar ice caps and extinction of some species. If we do not address this properly, the cascade of changes in the environment will one day be uncontrollable.
Offices are not the only major player in the production of carbon dioxide emissions due to energy consumption, but it still plays a significant role. Controlling the use of electricity mandated by administration policies could benefit the environment and the company. Saving electricity can help the company save up on operational expenses, which could significantly affect employees and consumers.
There are a thousand ways to conserve energy, many companies started to implement rules in their campaign to go green to cut down energy use. The main branch of going green is the three “R’s” reduce, re-use and recycle. Here are ten suggestions in cutting down energy consumption. 1. Lightings: turn of lights when not in use and prefer using energy saving bulbs and artificial lightings. 2. Make sure computers are turned on and plugged in only when in use. 3. Printing: print smartly by using draft settings, maximizing paper use by using the back side, and recycling them. 4. Go paperless when possible, use papers only when necessary. 5. Make sure employees make it a habit to recycle as much as they can to cut down trash. Recycle papers, old devices, printer cartridge etc. And make sure recycling bins are accessible to employees. 6. Reuse by purchasing office materials made from recycled materials. 7. Make it a habit to use materials that can be washed and reused like plates and utensils instead of Styrofoam products. 8. Make it a habit to use mass transport such as bus trains or even a bicycle. 9. make sure you put plants indoors to create a cooler environment, cutting energy costs for cooling. 10. And the most important is persuading others to join the campaign to achieve success.
The return of investment in implementing and following these guidelines will benefit the company, the employees, the people, the community and most importantly the security of the next generations to come. We ensure that by going green we cut down operational costs but we also help the environment. Employees may benefit to this by increased salary or extra compensations given by the company. The community and the consumers may benefit from this by having a better and a healthier environment to live in. This is a win-win situation for everyone and this will ensure a cascade of environmental friendliness to benefit everyone.