Going green is no longer a fad. Every company from Apple to your local donut shop is on the bandwagon these days. It’s no wonder why, really. Businesses have found going green can actually save them money.
I can just imagine some snooty exec at Apple saying, “good for the bottom line and for the environment…well, ok. I guess we can save the planet, why not? Right?”
Yes, going green in 2020 isn’t what it used to be. These days everyone’s at it, for the wrong or right reasons. Even businesses that can’t go paperless, businesses whose main function is—in and of itself—bad for the environment can ‘go green’ in 2020. Here are 7 examples of how:
Hire A Print Fulfillment Company
Moving your in-house printing services to a print fulfillment company is a great way to go green even if you can’t go paperless. Unlike your in-house printing capabilities, print fulfillment companies focus on efficiency, green product usage, and speed.
Not only will you be saving money on your in-house printing by cutting down on employment costs, printing costs, and opportunity costs, you will also be greatly reducing your carbon footprint.
Hiring recycling services is one easy way to go green in 2020. The largest waste services companies in the U.S, Waste Management and Republic Services, now both offer green commercial recycling services.
Even if you have an industrial business there are companies that can help you ‘go green’. Industrial recycling services help industrial suppliers responsibly recycle their byproducts.
Work From Home
Allowing employees to work from home is perhaps the best thing you can do to go green even if you can’t go paperless.
Not only does telecommuting reduces commuter traffic, but according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) telecommuting saves 9 to 14 billion kilowatt-hours of energy each year, around the globe. To put that in perspective the entire country of Lithuania uses only 9 billion Kilowatt-hours annually.
If you are like me and you prefer real-life examples, take this report from Information Week, which concluded the US Patent Office’s telework program in 2007 (consisting of 3,609 home workers) helped save over 613,000 gallons of gas, prevent 9,600 tons of carbon emissions, and save over $1.8 million annually in fuel costs.
Once again going green proves to be good for the bottom line, and for the environment.
Reduce Utility Costs
Reducing utility costs is one of the easiest ways to go green in 2020.
A great way to start is with an energy audit. Energy audits help find where you use the most energy and how you can reduce your energy consumption. Certified Energy Auditors (CEA) and Certified Energy Managers (CEM) credentialed by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) are the best way to go for energy audits, although you can also do them in-house.
Energy auditors might recommend things like replacing bulbs with LEDs, changing HVAC timing and levels, or even adding insulation or alternative energy to your building.
Buy Green Cleaning Products
Here is one thing you can do today to go green in 2020—buy green cleaning products for the office. From glass cleaner to recyclable wipes, there is no need to use corrosive chemicals that are bad for the environment these days.
Green cleaners work just as well. Thegoodtrade.com has a great list of green products for you to use.
Take Advantage of Tax Credits
There are a number of tax credits that businesses can take advantage of once they have begun going green. Thebalancesmb.com has a great guide for these green tax-reducing goodies.
From tax deductions for green buildings to tax credits for alternative energy, there is a lot federal, state and local governments are doing to help businesses in the U.S go green.
For example, starting in 2015, the solar investment tax credit provided 30% reimbursement for solar, fuel cells, wind farms, and other forms of renewable energy added to businesses. To receive the energy investment tax credit, you must file an application Form 3468, with your businesses’ tax return.
Don’t forget to take advantage of these tax credits, after all, it’s free money.
Try Green Web Hosting
The final option for going green in 2020 is green website hosting. Instead of the usual website hosts who aren’t concerned with their carbon footprint or environmental impact, green web hosting providers are all about making the world a better place. Greengeeks is one of the most popular of these services. Greengeeks is committed to helping companies go green with web hosting:
“Our hosting platform has been designed with a maximum use, no waste of resources mindset. Every aspect of our hosting platform is built to be as energy-efficient as possible. In addition to this, for every amperage we pull from the grid, we invest 3 times that in the form of renewable energy via Bonneville Environmental Foundation.”
Going green may seem daunting, but the good news is, it really isn’t. In 2020 there are plenty of resources out there to help any business go green. It doesn’t matter if you are an industrial supplier or a local gym, going green—both to help the environment and your bottom line—should be in your plans for 2020.