How to Run a Sustainable Office
Rebranding your image as more eco-friendly can do wonders for your business as well as the environment. Companies that focus on sustainability as a priority have been proven to be more successful as this keeps them credibility. With a few changes around the office, you can get the whole company following suit. Being more energy-efficient will not only reduce your carbon footprint but will also help you save money. Here are some simple ways to make your office more sustainable.
It’s important to keep on top of maintenance, not only for health and safety purposes but to save money on repairs as well. The more maintained an office the more sustainable it will be. There will be less need for large replacement and remodeling which causes more emissions through manufacturing and transportation. Bring in electricians, commercial plumbing and building inspectors to make sure everything is up and running as it should be.
Keeping an office insulated is the best way to retain heat and to save on your gas consumption. Are all your windows double-glazed? If not have them replaced as these will keep in a lot more heat. Think about installing carpets and rugs as well to prevent heat from being lost through the floor. Have a look at what styles are trending this year. Good insulation will protect you from all elements so on hot days you’ll save on air-conditioning as well.
To save on your electricity consumption change all your lightbulbs to LEDs. These are much more energy-efficient and durable. They will save you money on your electricity bill. Make sure you utilize natural light and set up work stations near windows. Implement rules about leaving lights and electronics switched on when not in use.
Stick to white as your main design color to help throw light around the room. Blues and natural greens will go nicely as well and help to represent the idea of sustainability. Decorate the office with plants and flowers. This will not only eat up air pollution but are proven to improve the mood and atmosphere.
Try using recycled materials to kit out your office. Opt for second-hand furniture and even look into upcycling. Refurbish old furniture with recycled fabrics and see what else you can replace with a more sustainable option. A more rustic yet elegant look is trending at the moment so combine second-hand tables with smart and sleek modern electronics. Use lighting to highlight artwork or attractive architectural features such as naked brickwork.
Once you’ve set up your sustainable office it’s important to include this in your brand image. Get your employees involved in volunteer projects with an environmental focus. This will not only improve morale but also raise awareness of your company’s contribution to “green” awareness. Post about your efforts regularly on social media and get as many people interested as possible. This will not only do something good for the planet and your community but also win you lots of points with your clients.