Go green for a more profitable business

Photo courtesy of CNBC

Photo courtesy of CNBC

Earth Day isn’t nearly as widely celebrated as holidays like Christmas or Fourth of July, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be given its due recognition. There are plenty of ways businesses – and us as individuals – can make a difference. Not just on Earth Day, but every day.

CNBC recently shared a great list of ways businesses can save money by going green. As is noted in the article, reducing your carbon footprint isn’t always top of mind as a business owner, but there are plenty of small ways to make a difference that can not only save money, but also improve workplace culture.

Can’t argue with that!

  1. Switch to eco-friendly lighting

“Light emitting diode (LED) bulbs can use 25 to 30 percent less energy than incandescent light and last 25 times longer — which means big savings.”

  1. Buy used furniture

“Some people may not enjoy the idea of buying second-hand furniture, but used items can cut furniture costs in half and reduces landfill waste.”

  1. Let employees work from home

“By allowing employees to work remotely, you can reduce your carbon footprint and paper waste, and cut down on costs required to light, heat and cool your office.”

  1. Go paperless

“Going digital can save you serious cash: One report found that businesses like Lockheed Martin and General Electric estimated savings of $250,000 to $10 billion just for digitizing paper manuals and processes that used to require paper.”

What ways do you go green at home or in the office?

About Krista Ledbetter

Krista Ledbetter comes from a newspaper reporting background. Several years, tweets, and a career shift later, she keeps busy as a brand journalist for TDS Telecom. You're most likely to find her running or on the couch--hers or otherwise. She enjoys both in equal measure.

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