Optimise paper usage
Paper is one of the most common materials in any workplace. Whenever you can, reuse those sheets that have already been used: to take notes during a meeting or a telephone conversation or to jot down useful information for your work.
Also remember that it is not necessary to print out each and every one of the emails you receive. Most of the information you receive in emails can be stored in the cloud. Print them only if it is absolutely essential.
And use special containers to deposit all paper and cardboard that can no longer be reused.
There are printers that consume half as much energy as others and also perform several functions, as they can print, photocopy and scan. In other words, a single machine can do the task of three, meaning that electricity consumption is much lower.
Also, remember that toner and ink cartridges can be recycled.
Coffee cups and glass bottles
Many offices have a rest area for their workers. It is very common to find coffee makers and other electronic devices from which to have a well deserved snack.
If this is the case, reuse the utensils and, as much as possible, avoid using single-use containers (each employee can have their own cup, for example). Say no to plastic bottles and yes to glass ones. And, of course, unplug the machines whenever they are not in use.
Use natural light whenever you can
Whenever possible, turn off the lights and take advantage of the natural light coming in through your office windows. If you cannot take advantage of an outside-facing space, use energy saving light bulbs everywhere in the office: in the offices, bathrooms and rest areas.
LED bulbs use up to 80% less electricity and last longer than other kinds. They are recyclable and do not contain so many polluting elements.
Keep an eye on the heating and air conditioning
Offices built with good insulation make it possible to optimise the use of heating and air conditioning devices. Also, follow these tips to avoid wasting as much electricity on heating and air conditioning:
- Lower the temperature of the heating. Lowering the temperature by a single degree means the CO2 emissions are reduced by 300kg. Some experts point out that it is best to keep the thermostat at 21 to 22 degrees.
- As for air conditioning, the temperature should never be excessively low since energy consumption will end up sky-rocketing. To avoid this, lower the blinds on particularly sunny days and, even if you must turn the A/C on, firmly close all doors and windows so that the heat does not get in and the area cools down more quickly.
- Use fans instead of air conditioners; their energy consumption is much lower.
Plants to purify the atmosphere
There are plants that help reduce any pollutants that may be floating around inside the office. They purify the air and not all of them need direct natural light to survive.
With each of these actions, no matter how small, you will be helping to minimise the impact of your work on the environment. And not just inside the office. When you go to your work place, try to use non-polluting vehicles and, if this is not possible, use public transport safely. The objective is to avoid emitting CO2 into the atmosphere whenever