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Go Green: 10 Valuable Tips to Preserve Our Environment

10 Ways Your Biz Can Go Green… And Save Money

Businesses are making it their business to help save natural resources. Many of these tips will not only save the earth, but also help save money.

  1. Buy energy efficient equipment.
  2. Buy energy efficient light bulbs.
  3. Buy hybrid cars.
  4. Use environmentally friendly soaps and cleaning supplies.
  5. Provide products and services that are environmentally friendly.
  6. Get educated about how to “go green”.
  7. Allow employees to work from home to save gas.
  8. Send documents electronically whenever possible.
  9. Recycle paper, boxes, bags and cups.
  10. Reuse whatever you can and recycle whatever you can’t.

Not only will these tips save our natural resources it will also minimize business expenses.  Can you think of other tips that will be useful in business?

Julie BranderBusiness Mentor, SCORE New Haven
Julie has been a SCORE volunteer since 1997. She has 20 years of experience in business, starting a manufacturing, wholesale and retail jewelry company. After selling her business, she dedicated herself to helping other entrepreneurs start and expand their business. | @juliebrander | More from Julie

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Discussion (2) Comment

  1. paulscoreVisitor

    Yes many of your tips will save the business money but not all.
    Businesses should use a 10 year ROI analysis when making capital purchasing decisions, not just what is in fad today.
    For example a Ford Fusion hybrid [40 mpg] used 10,000 miles a year over ten year years would consume 2,500 gallons of fuel at $3 a gallon or $7500 fuel cost. Add the battery replacement cost of $3,000 and the total fuel cost would be $10,500 for 10 years or 10500/2500 = $4.20 per gallon. In addition the Ford Fusion hybrid costs $28,000 and the Ford Fusion non-hybrid costs $20,000.
    The fuel/battery cost of a Ford Fusion Hybrid over 10 years is $10,500 + $ 8,000 for the hybrid system = $18,500.
    The Ford Fusion [non hybrid] at 25 mpg for 100,000 miles would consume 4,000 gallons at $3 a gallon or $12,000.
    In summary, the Ford Fusion hybrid will cost $6,500 more over 10 years based on extra purchase price, fuel and battery cost.
    As a small business owner I could not justify the extra $6,500 cost on a deprecating asset.

  2. GGR BlogVisitor

    This is an awesome list. In our company, we have automated the switch controls by censor. That is, if a person is not in their desk then the switch will be turned off automatically. Just our contribution towards the Eco-Friendly Environment


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