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Paying Attention to Green Business Practices

Green business ideasI was just reading an article about energy savings that got me reflecting on my own “green” business practices.

The year 2009 is the year that I am paying much more attention to being green in my business. How about you?

(1) We’re doing a lot more with recycling. We’ve been taking old computer and other electronic equipment to a central electronics recycling location.  Amazingly, we live and work in a location that does not require us to separate recyclables. Supposedly everything is separated at a central plant and then recycled (if you believe that). But we’re looking at some voluntary recycling options, starting with the electronic equipment.

(2) Another big area of focus is in power management on office equipment, for energy efficiency. We’ve replaced some inefficient equipment and are doing more with managing power settings during off hours.  One of the things I learned in the article is that you should not use screensavers. Instead, you should set your computer to go into sleep mode. My laptops have always done that automatically, say, after 20 minutes. Now it’s time to set the desktops up for sleep mode.

(3) The third thing we are doing is paying attention to the Energy Star seal when making purchases. Energy Star is a program by the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy, to label products that meet energy efficiency standards. The seal means you’re buying an energy-efficient product.

So for instance, earlier today I was buying lightbulbs. I noticed that some of the new fluorescent bulbs to replace standard lightbulbs have the Energy Star seal on them. The Energy Star seal also appears on appliances, electronics, even buildings. I hadn’t really paid that much attention to Energy Star previously, but now that I know what it is, I’ll be looking for it when I buy products. 

For information about saving energy, read:  Save Energy to Light Up Your Bottom Line

The article is over at Small Business Central, a section on the Best Buy site that is co-branded with HP (also our sponsor).  I discovered the article after being led to Small Business Central from an ad on my site (yes, I actually read the ads here on this site).