Promoting environmental awareness is an initiative businesses support, but taking action is where many struggle to get off the ground. From welcoming in natural light to giving old office furniture new life, there are many small things you can do to go green in the workplace and advance your sustainability efforts.
#1 Give Purpose to Old Furniture
If office furniture has seen better days, rather than tossing it away, consider recycling, refurbishing or even donating as a sustainable choice. Fixing up old office décor with recycled materials can do wonders for your workspace. If refurbishing is not a viable option, donate your old desk, chairs and other furniture to a local nonprofit organization.
#2 Embrace Natural Light
Inviting natural light inside the workplace and having views of the outdoors can increase employee productivity by as much as 15 percent. Relying more on natural light also saves energy and money. However, if the workspace presents logistical challenges and natural light is not accessible, consider replacing lighting fixtures, especially fluorescent lights, with energy-efficient LEDs.
#3 Power Off
Before you end the day, turn off your computer, laptop, monitors and other electronics. These devices consume a great deal of energy, even when they’re not in use. Computers and laptops may be in ‘sleep mode,’ but they use 10-60 percent of power, wasting energy and running up the electric bill. A power strip makes it easy to turn off all electronics at once.
It’s the Little Things..
Doing your part to help the environment can seem like a daunting task. However, it’s important to remember that every little effort can make a difference. At Rockwood Painting, we’re doing our part and we hope you do the same.