Going Green At Work

Energy conservation is an extremely important activity. So important that while many people are taking measures to save energy in their own homes, this isn’t enough on its own. Don’t get me wrong, every little bit helps, and those efforts are greatly appreciated. But if we really take a step back and confront the situation we’re faced with (in terms of the environment), it becomes painfully obvious that we need to do more.

reduce-energy-in-your-officeSo this begs the question of: what else can one do? If already effective efforts are being made in the home, then what else is there to be done? Well, how about bringing those efforts into the workplace?

This may seem easier said than done. Well, if you were the boss or owner of a company, then you could simply decide to make energy-saving policies and changes throughout your company, and it would be up to your employees and staff to get them implemented. Easy as pie, right? But if you’re “just” an employee, then how would you make it happen? Well, then you’ll need to talk to the right people.

The first thing you should do is record your own results. Get copies of your energy bills and records that demonstrate any savings you’ve achieved. This will help make it real to whomever you need to speak with that there are good results to be obtained, and that this will even save the company some money (a big selling point). You can also push the point of how becoming “eco friendly” is a good PR point and can improve the public image of the company.

Once you have a presentation of those points all set, you’ll still be needing to propose what could be done to conserve energy in the workplace. This is where things will get tricky as every business is different. The actions to save energy that would be undertaken in, let’s say, an auto repair shop, would be completely different than those in an office. So for that, you’ll need to research some various tips and methods that would be applicable to your own workplace. A quick search for “Best Tips- Learn How to Save on Electricity Bill” should do it.

Now that you have that information, you need to be sure that it won’t cut across the production in the workplace itself. For example, recommending that all computers be shut down when people leave their desks for lunch, or break times may not be a great idea as the additional time spent waiting for them to boot back up will not be favorable to a productive workplace. However, setting them to hibernate or sleep will have minimal lost time while still achieving energy savings. So you’ll need to figure all this out first.

The reason that you’re doing all this work is so that you can present your boss (or manager or whomever) with a complete package. They can learn what the importance of saving energy is environmental, what types of results can be obtained, what benefit it would be to the company (both financially and in terms of image) as well as how to go about implementing it. All this information should be concisely presented in your proposal so that whoever reads it can easily understand it.

I know that all of this sounds like a lot of work, but remember that you’re doing it for the good of the planet. In terms of personal gain, if you present this is a good way, you’ll at least be look at as an employee who is willing to put in extra work for the good of the company, and that can’t hurt your chances when the next promotional candidate is being considered.

But to keep it on-point, this is a necessary action. You can also get with some of your fellow employees to gain agreement from them on these ideas. Even if your bosses aren’t interested, or simply don’t want to be bothered, you can still gain agreement from individuals in the company to assist with some basic actions (turning off lights, computers, etc.). Though it may not seem like much, every little bit helps. So don’t fret if you don’t get the widespread agreement you were hoping for.

With a little bit of effort, we can make this world a healthy and better place which will sustain our future generations.

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