Ways to Make Your Business More Eco-Friendly
Consumers want the businesses they support to be ethical and socially aware. An eco-friendly business cares about more than profits; it cares about humanity, society and the earth. Whether your business has just opened, or you have a long history, here are some tips for any business ready for an eco-friendly makeover.
Heat & Air Conditioning
Most businesses have air conditioners, and all have heat. Keep your central heat management system (HVAC) in tip-top shape to save on energy bills. Like any machine, HVACs will decline in performance if they are not regularly maintained. Get an annual maintenance contract. This ensures your HVAC is serviced with a pre-season tune up just before a hot or cold season. Change the filter of your HVAC every month or two in peak hot and cool seasons to ensure you don’t waste electricity.
Air conditioning can be comfortable, but it’s also expensive and consumes a lot of electricity. Keep cool with fans in the hottest season. When the air outside drops below that of inside, a box fan or a central fan in the attic of your building can flush out the hot air and welcome in the cooler air.
No More Paper Invoices
Paper consumption is one of the biggest impacts your company can have on the earth. Eliminate paper invoices by using an instant invoice apps or online services, like Flint. If your business is service based, you can send invoices of completed jobs, rates, and more, right from your phone, tablet or computer. You can also provide an option for instant payments and easy, paperless reminders in the form of email, online messages or online bulletin boards.
Make it a company policy to recycle and reuse as many resources as possible. Learn what services your government can provide your business; check with your municipal and state waste management website. For industrial waste management, check with the Environmental Protection Agency so you don’t break any laws and dispose of waste responsibly. If you’re local government doesn’t provide recycle and compost services, hire a private entity pick-up service your recyclable and compostable materials each week.
Education is key when your business is eco-friendly. Define your eco-friendly plan and make sure your employees implement these plans. If your business is not already eco-friendly, call a mandatory meeting and explain what steps you will take in order accomplish your green goals. Going green is a cultural shift within the set culture of your business, while improvement in eco-friendly practices are comprehensive to some, if your employees don’t share your vision, nothing will change.
Green Brands & What’s Next
Your business’s green conversion will not only increase the desirability of your brand, but it will also save you money. When you use less energy this is more cost effective as well as better for the environment. While these steps you’ve taken are ethical business practices and might look good, review your green strategies make sure your business is improved in more than just image alone. Assess and reassess your eco-friendly endeavors year in and year out. This will ensure your green practices continue to improve more services become available for you and your business.