Tips to Recycle in Your Office

June 26, 2014

Start to Recycle in your Office

In an office there is a lot of opportunity to recycle. In an office setting it is imperative that you dispose, recycle, and reuse old technology in a responsible manner. It is also important that your company engages in computer practices that are eco friendly. A company can help instigate recycling by providing recycling programs inside and outside of the office. For example: packing materials can be stored and reused rather than tossed out. Companies can eliminate the purchase of non-recyclable paper products.

Having regular recycle bins set up in corridors or individual offices for plastic and paper is the first easy step. Office copy rooms can have bins for the collection and recycling of ink cartridges. Computers that are no longer in use can be donated or recycled. Offices with outlets should make a rule to unplug the items when not in use. This means unplugging extra water pots or coffee pots when not in use. Water is another area where companies can do better. Going green with your water begins with similarly simple steps. First is only running a dishwasher or washing machine when it is completely full, using rain water collection to water company plants and of course, geothermal energy can be used to heat your water for an office building.

In addition to this an office consumes a significant amount of energy. But with energy efficient windows and lighting you can start saving money now. Energy efficient windows offer energy, and monetary, savings all year round. These windows provide a glass and an outer paneling based on your geographic climate and location. By installing energy efficient windows that adhere to your current energy codes, you can save quite a bit of money. You can select designs that are standard size or custom size so that they fit any and all window sizes. You can also select between double hung glass or triple hung glass, each of which refer to how well the windows maintain heat.

These windows can replace any existing windows in a building. The window frames are constructed from a combination of aluminum, vinyl, fiberglass, and wood. Aluminum windows are the least expensive of the available options, but they also have the lowest energy savings. They offer modern lines and a unique architectural design, but condensation may lead to mold in areas with heavy rain. Fiberglass windows are lightweight and clean. Wood frames are more expensive and heavier than other options, but they have the best durability and the best energy efficiency. The vinyl windows are popular though because they are simple to maintain and affordable.

If you are looking to save money over time, then turn to energy efficient lighting solutions. You can convert the interior and exterior lighting on your commercial property with energy efficient light bulbs and save a tremendous amount of money compared to other traditional light sources. You will see the savings instantly too.

High emissivity reflective roofs will reduce the energy consumption of your home by forty percent. These roofs will improve insulation in your home which helps to reduce any heat loss in the cold winter months and any heat gains in the hot summer months. By installing an energy efficient roof you can also preserve any rooftop air conditioning. You can reduce the HVAC capacity requirements in your building and decrease your total contribution to air pollution.