Monday, 10 April 2017

GO GREEN - YOUR GUIDE TO WORKPLACE EFFICIENCY


Join the workplace movement!
Going green is a win-win as you save money on utility costs AND reduce your carbon footprint. Consider these tips to do your part to benefit the planet and your company.
 

Heating/Cooling
Not looking forward to paying your heating/cooling bills?
You can begin by installing programmable thermostats that allow you to program when the heat should come on as opposed to temperature-controlled thermostats. Do you have ceiling fans throughout a warehouse or large open area? Truth is, they don't make as big of an impact as you may think. High Volume, Low Speed (HVLS) industrial fans are said to replace 30 regular ceiling fans by blending layers of air together (destratify) and equalizing overall temperatures. These are also great features to have in the summer months as workers can feel a slight breeze that actually makes the space feel 7-11 degrees cooler. 

Green Roof
Need to recharge? A green roof creates an inviting space where employees can take a break and return to work with a more productive and clear mindset. This is especially beneficial in this day and age as typical lunchrooms are located in the back corner of an office or warehouse with no windows and employees glued to their phones. The benefits only continue as air quality is improved, stormwater is utilized, employment opportunities arise to design and engineer a solid foundation for the green space and much more.

Lighting
With all the technology available to you today, why not take advantage of it? There are sensor-operated lighting systems that use 10% less power. Or, consider skylights or solar panels to bring in natural light and reduce expenses. For now, lets stick to the basics. What type of lights do you have at your facility? If they're not fluorescent or LED, your likely paying more than you should each month. We know, they cost more upfront.. However, it's a small price to pay for the savings you receive in the long run! 

The Three R's
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Simple enough, right? Reusing and relabeling incoming boxes and paper wrapping are common practices that easily save you time and money. Others can include turning off or dimming lights when they're not in use or turning down the heating. The environmentally correct disposal of batteries is an easy initiative. Even Fortinos takes your used batteries - look for it near the entrance/exit doors. Oil and chemical disposal is also critical to protect the environment. Contact your local waste management drop-off location. Now, more than ever, offices are moving away from print and offering electronic copies of documents wherever possible. However, if you do need to use paper, make sure it's recycled afterwards. *Remember: encouragement goes a long way! For business owners, offer incentives to those that suggest and act on green solutions throughout the workplace to make it fun for everyone.

Once green initiatives begin, they become second nature. Do you have green initiatives in place at your workplace? Let us know what you're doing to reduce your carbon footprint!