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Making Your Small Business Green





You must have read or heard it before: turning your enterprise into a green business could actually help you save on costs and help you earn more. But how do we do it? Home and small business owners are usually hesitant on becoming more environmentally friendly. It is not because they don't care but because green products usually cost more. How would spending more help them earn more?

That is not always the case. There are affordable ways and steps in making your small business eco-friendly. Green business management does not have to cost you a lot, says the Green Business Bureau. Small practices, like reducing waste and attitude change could generate significant results.

• Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

These 3 Rs are not just for waste management. Using these three principles could help your company or small business on saving that hard-earned cash. An example would be a delivering company that was able to save £2 million just by lessening their paper use by shifting into digital recordkeeping and communication.

Although that delivering company has 30,000 employees, your small business could still generate much savings by employing that simple practice. You could use email when communicating and reduce your budget on toner and paper. You could start using reusable products instead of adding into the tons of waste generated from your community, like ceramic plates and cups if you are into food business, old folders and boxes and other supplies.

There also instances when the equipment could be refurbished instead of being thrown out. Whenever replacing office equipment, make sure that they are properly disposed, for an additional fee, of course.

• Energy conservation

Microsoft said that if you would be setting your computer into hibernation mode when not in use, you could save about £90 every year. Apply this principle in your business, unused electric appliances should be turned off. You could also start thinking about shifting to energy efficient products if you are about to change some of equipment, anyway. When looking for energy efficient appliances and equipment, look for the Energy Star logo.

You could consult a professional if you have decided to make some changes in your company. You could get engineers or contact an energy management service provider that could recommend "greener" alternatives without sacrificing the quality. These service providers could also conduct an energy audit to check your energy consumption and what you could do to reduce it. If you are unable to get a professional, you could check the Government Energy Star program. The program could help in calculating how much energy you are consuming.

• Water consumption

Checking and monitoring your water use could also help in saving expenses and helping the environment. Water usage could be tracked using the EPA's Energy Star. They have a water tracking system, helping your business use water smartly. Also by increasing your business's efficiency in using water, you would be able to save about 30% from the usual amount of your water bill.

• Information dissemination

Once you have identified different steps which could help greening your business, the staff and the employees should know about it and its purpose. By helping the people you work with understand your objectives, they would be able to help the business themselves.

About Author David Tatham :

David Tatham has been involved in the world of fine arts for over twenty five years and . His website <a href="http://www.davidshepherd.com" target="_blank">http://www.davidshepherd.com</a> contains a wealth of information, also hundreds signed, limited edition prints and original works of art by world renowned artists,eg. The conservationist and wildlife artist, <a href="http://www.davidshepherd.com" target="_blank">David Shepherd</a> .


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