For a business been able to cut costs is something that is classed as a high priority. The more you are able to cut the higher the profits could be at the end of the day. You could even use the money you have saved to fund other areas of the business such as making the business environmentally friendly. This is fast becoming something that all businesses are having to consider but did you know that it is possible to do both? Have a look at some of the ways that you can make your business environmentally friendly while cutting costs.
Think About Your Lighting
Lighting is important in a few different ways to different businesses. If you have a retail store you want lighting that is going to make products stand and out and look their best while making your store warm and inviting and if you have office spaces you want to make these a happy working atmosphere for your employees by been able to offer specialist lighting for medical needs. By using products such as CFL or LED light you are showing that your business cares about the environment at the same time as being able to cut costs. Using these types of bulbs has been proven to decrease the amount of times lighting has needed to be replaced. Bear in mind though that these types of lighting can sometimes have an initially higher price.
Recycling has become a well-known part of life and we are all encouraged to take part as much as we can, of course, some people go further than others however as a business taking even small steps into the recycling can help to cut costs and make your business stand out from the crowd. Looking ahead into the future of the business world it seems silly not to be taking part in recycling as it’s more than likely going to soon become a requirement rather than an option. By using tools such as cardboard balers you can help to recycle easily, it also allows you to store more and cut down on collections needed.
Think About Energy
There are a few ways that you are able to cut costs when it comes to energy consumption in the workplace and it’s a good idea to get your employees on board. It will definitely help with your long term costs and reduce them. Try starting off small by asking employees to be mindful about energy consumption such as turning off lights in rooms that are vacant, turning off computer screens that aren’t being used, you hand towels instead of dryers (and recycle them of course) and turn off any electrical appliances that aren’t being used. You could try and make it fun by setting team challenges to see who can help become the most energy, efficient team. You could also have a look into green energy suppliers, although sometimes this can be a little more expensive than your standard supply it could be a good selling point and help to drive sales.
Do you have any other ways that a business and become environmentally friendly while cutting costs? Please share them in the comments section below.