Working from home automatically eliminates the use of car to commute and you are your own boss when it comes to decide how to become environmental friendly.
Going green is not hard to accomplish also helps with your budget and enhances your personal well being.
Here are 10 easy steps you can take to accomplish your goals.
1) Go paperless.
Digitalize your files, this not only helps the environment but also helps you access your files easier and keep the office clean of clutter.
2) Use recycled
If there is a need to use printed files, consider buying recycled paper, use double print settings on your printer to half your paper consumption.
Set up all your statements, invoices, subscriptions to send and receive online, and think twice before you print any documents that do not require printing. Remember RECYCLE and REUSE.
3) Replace your charger and use rechargeable battery with solar power
Some gadgets run on batteries, and need replenished. Recycle the old type ones, buy rechargeable and use a solar/ power battery charger instead.
4) Energy saving appliances
If you purchase new appliances, equipment for your home office, consider buying the Energy saving kinds and replace all bulbs with high efficiency lights.
5) Work outdoors
Being your own boss, you can work anyplace you please. Grab that laptop or notebook and head outdoors- your patio, balcony, your favorite café shop, on the beach or in the park. You have plenty of sunshine and air and an enjoyable atmosphere, helps save on your utility bills.
6) Surround yourself with plants
House plants are known to no only benefit to environment, but also to your health. Create a green office by placing oxygen producing plants around your desk.
“Did you know that house plants can actually benefit our lives and help keep it ‘green’? A NASA research document found that “house plants can purify and rejuvenate the air within our houses and workplaces, safeguarding us all from any side effects connected with prevalent toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and also benzene.”
7) Avoid VOC
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are bad for your health. Paints, carpets, flooring building materials can emit VOC.
8). Working from home – NO commute
You can save on commute time, gas and CO2 emission by working from home. Schedule your office trips along with other errands to minimize using a car. Hop on the bike to go shopping or exercising- both good for health and the environment.
9) Use timer and unplug
Did you know that by unplugging your appliance from the wall socket you virtually stop using energy. It is said that is the only and most efficient way to stop power usage.
Use your old appliances with a timer or thermo cube plugs to minimize usage of your heather, window air conditioner, or automate your whole house (office) with X10 gadgets and security items.
10) Use virtual conferencing
You can save lots of money and time by using virtual conferences, virtual meetings. By using virtual means, you can also record, generate leads, stay in contact and contact virtually around the globe without burning a hole in your pocket, or commute time.
It only takes a little effort and the desire to accomplish a green environment. As a SO-HO owner you have the power to make a significant impact on mother Earth.
Congratulations SO-HO owner, by running a home office you already taken some steps towards minimization of your carbon footprint.
Be environmental friendly, GO GREEN today!
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