Each year, Universal Wilde sets goals for how much we’re going to reduce our carbon footprint by and the ways in which we’ll do it. A lot of what we do is in the manufacturing process, such as using efficient equipment, getting our plants certified by the Department of Environmental Protection and other organizations, and recycling 100% of excess paper generated in our printing and finishing operations.
For us, though, being environmentally responsible goes way beyond production. It trickles all the way down to individual employees and we have some tips that can be applied to nearly any business, in any industry.
Here are four easy things that any business can do to reduce its carbon footprint:
- Automatic lighting sensors: Leaving the lights on in an empty room is one of the most common energy-wasting habits of both individuals, and businesses. To avoid this, install automatic lighting sensors whenever possible. Conference rooms, cafeterias, bathrooms, utility closets, stairwells, and hallways are great places to utilize sensors that will turn off the lights when they’re not in use.
- Set back temperature on thermostats: Lowering the temperature by even a couple of degrees can save a surprising amount of energy (and money!). At the very least, be sure to set a program on your thermostat that turns the heat way down at night when no one is around.
- Recycle batteries and print cartridges: Create a central drop-off spot for employees to dispose of dead batteries, old print cartridges, and other potentially hazardous (but common) waste. Then, arrange for a recycling company to pick it up at a regular interval.
- Unplug laptop and phone chargers when not in use: You’d be surprised how much it can add up when 1,000, 100, or even 20 people all leave their miscellaneous chargers plugged in around the clock. Even when not in use, chargers drain small amounts of energy. So encourage your employees to unplug chargers (as well as small appliances, like the toaster in the cafeteria) when they’re not being used.