Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Tips for being more environmental friendly

Top 10 Easiest Ways to Green Your Office

1. Kick the Bottled Water Habit
Every year 1.5 mil barrels of oil go to making plastic water bottles in the United States, and less than a quarter of those bottles are recycled, so choose a reusable bottle instead.

2. Compute This.
Set computers to enter sleep mode after 5 minutes of idle time & you’ll be saving energy during lunchtime & other outings.

3. Zap Your Phantom Energy Loads.
Plug your office electronics into a power strip so that you can easily turn them all off when you’re not using them-you’ll keep your devices from sapping “phantom” electricity loads when they’re off but plugged in.

4. Purify Your Plants.
It doesn’t take a forest to clean the air in your office, only about one plant for every 10 square yards. Plants like philodendrons and peace lilies absorb airborne pollutants, keeping the air you breathe clean and clear.

5. Forgo Bad Chems.
Just one 10 oz can of chem. Duster has the same greenhouse gas-creating effect as burning 100 gallons of gas. Take CTRL: Just turn your keyboard upside down, give it a little shake, and slide a piece of 2 sided adhesive tape between the keys.

6. Dodge the Drafts.
Unless you’re printing something superimportant, save ink and paper by tracking your changes in electronic document. If you absolutely need to print something, print it double-sided.

7. Pay the Piper Online.
Lessen your paper clutter at the office too by banking and paying bills online.

8. Get Inked.
Ink cartridges can take up to 450 years to decompose. Recycle your old ones, and next time you buy, go with refilled cartridges, which work just like conventional ones and cost up to 75% less than new ones.

9.Safeguard Your Lunch.
Reduce waste by taking your lunch in reusable, safe containers.

10. Climb Your Way to Green.
Take the stairs instead. Climbing stairs burns up to 10 times more calories. And keep in mind an elevator’s yearly energy usage can equal the energy used to power seven homes annually.

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