Go green for more green in your pocket
February 26, 2015

Going green is not only beneficial to the environment, but it also a great way to help save your business money. In addition, it can be another way that you can stand out from the competition. Know how you can cut down on waste and improve efficiency at your place of business to save money and help improve the environment.

Reduce energy waste
There are a number of devices that may devour energy. Your lights, computers, monitors, copiers, printers and point-of-sale systems can eat up a great deal of electricity. This can leave you with a hefty bill and not compliant with going green. USA Today recommended turning off any machines and lights when you close up shop. They can account for nearly 10 percent of your total energy expenses.

Also consider investing in energy efficient light bulbs. These products help cut down on your monthly electricity costs. According to energy.gov, a traditional light bulb gives nearly 90 percent of it energy off as heat. With a number of other money-saving options available, you should reconsider your lighting selections.

Halogen incandescents, LEDs and CFLs are the top three most-common light bulbs that help lower your bill. Halogen incandescent bulbs offer more efficiency, but do not save as much energy as other options. LEDs last 25 times longer than a standard bulb. CFLs offer a variety of tones, so you do not have to sacrifice a warmer yellow light for a bright white light that may give you a headache.

Cutting down on other forms of waste
Depending on the type of business you operate, you may have a variety of options that can help you cut down on overall waste. For example, if you own a restaurant, instead of paper napkins, consider switching to cloth.

Forbes suggested switching to post-consumer waste products and implement a recycling system if you do not already do so. Paper that has been recycled and redistributed for consumers uses 45 percent less energy and does not create as much waste.

The customer receipts from sales can add up and many times, they wind up in the garbage. Consider accepting mobile credit card payments or using a mobile POS system and email receipts to patrons to save money on paper and cut down on waste.

By going green, your business can demonstrate a social responsibility to consumers while also saving money and helping the environment.

Nexus: G-WEBCD6