As we go into 2009 and start making New Year’s Resolution’s- I hope you will consider adding a little ‘Green’ into your year. A few simple and easy (and money saving) things you can do for 2009
1.) Precycle- Tp precycle, choose products that have minimal packaging or create less waste.
- Buy products that can be recycled
2.) Buy in Bulk
- Shopping in bulk would save over $200 on supplies and $20 per year on gas
- Buy Products with less packaging
3.) Drive Less – Think about Telecommuting
- Workers drive an average of 10,000 miles a year using 67.5 billion gallons of gasoline
- 1/3 of all workers leave the office to buy food
- Use public transportation, or bike
4.) Save Water
- Wear your uniforms or clothes at least 2x before putting in the wash
- Buy a instant water heater savings up to $150 to $200 per month on his utility bills.
5.) Save Energy- According to the EPA, a typical office building’s energy usage represents 30% of its operating costs
- Use LED or CFL lightbulbs -change 10 light bulbs in your office. Incandescents will run you about $.25 per bulb, while CFLs will be closer to $2.50 per bulb. However, your $22.50 in savings on bulbs will seem trivial when you consider those 10 CFLs could save $65.70 a year and $360 in energy costs over the life of the bulb.
- Turn down the thermostat
- Put in a Programmable Thermostat -ENERGY STAR estimates a yearly savings of $180 by installing a programmable thermostat. The unit will probably cost about $60 and you could spend $50 getting it installed, but that means a savings of $70 the first year and $180 each year after that.
- Turn off the lights when not in the room, when closed- savings over $50.00 per month
- Turn off the computer – that simple move can lower annual bills by $20 to $60 per computer.
- Unplug appliances you aren’t using
- Put Copier in Standby mode
6.) Recycle as much as you can
7.) Pick up Litter- 94% of Americans think litter is a problem- A litter strewn office is a dirty office.
- Clean up litter around your office- Even picking up 100 pieces of litter a week will make your neighborhood look better and help the environment. Plus the added benefit of exercise!
8.) Go Paperless
- Get all your bills online and pay online
- Use Double sided copies
- Print Only When Necessary- Ink cartridge costs will depend on your printer, but let’s say it’s $60 for both your black and color ink. If you cut ink purchases from once every three months to once a year, that’s $180 in your pocket
- If you print three pages a day, that’s almost three $8 reams of paper used in a year. Print three pages a month and that same ream will last 11 years. That’s $16 in just the first year.
9.) Get rid of the Plastic (Bottles and Bags)
- Stop buying bottled water- take your own bottle and fill it yourself
- Stop using any plastic bags- buy reusable bags and use them at every opportunity.
- Disposable lunches create between 4 and 8 ounces of garbage every day or obout 10 Billion pounds of trash.
- Take your own coffee cup and stop buying stirrers, paper napkins, cups, sweetners and more. Savings over $100/year
- Take Your own lunch a savings of at least $6.00 a day
- Eliminate Paper Towels -you’ll be lucky to find paper towels for less than $.75 per roll. That means you’re paying at least $4.50 a month for disposable towels, so cutting your use to one roll a month would save $45 per year.
11.) Buy Rechargeable Batteries:
- Lets say your office uses as many batteries as the average family. That’s 32 batteries a year, and you may be able to find them for $.50 apiece. You could probably get by on four rechargeables for the same purposes at $2.50 per battery, and the charger should be about $10. Add on an extra $5 for energy costs to charge your batteries (assuming you unplug the charger when not in use).This means switching to rechargeables will actually cost you an extra $9 the first year, but you’re looking at potential savings of $11 per year for who knows how many years afterward, depending on your battery use.