Business Advice: 5 Ways To “Go Green” (And Save Money Too!) Part 1
Whether your motivation is to save the planet or save some money, going “green” with your office IT is a smart move. After all, who doesn’t want to save a little money, especially when it’s SO incredibly easy!
5 Painless Ways To Go Green And Save Green
1. Go paperless! First off, finding documents will be so much easier and faster, and you won’t run the risk of important documents being misplaced, misfiled or damaged (who hasn’t spilled coffee on a critical document). If that doesn’t grab you, maybe the cost savings on paper, ink, and storage will or the fact that employees working remotely can access contracts or other paper documents in seconds, any time, day or night, from any location.
2. Power down your network at night. The computers in your office are the largest drain on electricity in your office; and considering you’re only using them for approximately 9-10 hours a day, that means you’re paying for 14-15 hours of unnecessary power.
3. Go virtual! Virtualization allows you to “run” multiple computers or servers on one “super computer.” Sometimes this is accomplished by replacing your complex, power-sucking, expensive workstations with much less expensive “thin-client” machines that require very little power or maintenance to operate.
Thousands of businesses are rapidly trading in their overblown, traditional networks for virtualization because of the incredible cost savings in hardware, software and maintenance. Plus it offers instant disaster recovery, the ability to securely work from home or the road AND it drastically reduces the amount of power needed, making it far more environmentally friendly.
4. Allow employees to work from home. More and more businesses are creating virtual workspaces for several reasons. First, allowing employees to work from home perpetually or for a couple of days a week cuts down on gas and emissions. It’s also a great retention strategy for your rock star employees. Additionally, allowing employees to work from home reduces the amount of office space needed, lowering or eliminating rent costs and utility bills. Finally, it’s a great disaster preparedness plan. In the event of a fire or natural disaster, employees can keep the doors open by working remotely.
5. Dispose of old electronics responsibly. Your computer is made with a wide variety of components, many of which are toxic. When old computers are disposed of improperly, these substances can enter the environment, causing pollution and associated plant and animal death, along with birth defects. Many of these components are also produced in unsustainable ways, causing even more environmental harm. Because these components can be recovered and recycled, throwing out an old computer is simply irresponsible. If you have old equipment, you can often donate it to a charity for a tax break. Not only will that solve the disposal problem, but you’ll save a little money too!
This post has been provided by guest editor, Jay Ligouri, Crestview IT, Your Virtual IT Department 203-268-5947. Crestview IT can help your office go “Green”. Give them a call for a free consultation.
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