After you’ve finished setting up your leased office space in Cebu, the next step you should do to offset the expenses is learning to save. As a small business, the first thing you can do is start to save energy! Saving money and energy is easy – really! Let me show you how you can get started making small changes that result in big savings for your biz.
Turn off Your Computer at Night
Turn off your computer at night or when you leave for the day – it’s a very easy thing to do. Lots of people are not aware how much energy a computer consumes when it’s turned on, not to mention the extra heat it generates.
Learn How to Recycle Computer Equipment and Ink Cartridges
There are companies that offer discounts to customers who recycle their printers, monitors, and other computer equipment. Ask your office supply store if they have any recycling programs – they might give you rewards and discounts off of future purchases for bringing used ink cartridges into the store for recycling. Even better than recycling – reduce the ink you use for everyday printing. Program your printer to a lower print quality setting, and reserve your high-quality settings for documents you are planning to archive or share with customers.
Turn the Lights off When Not in Use
How many times have you walked past the conference room or lunchroom and seen the lights on while no one’s there? Take a second to turn off the lights and remind your staff to do the same. And don’t forget to turn off the lights in your own office when you leave. Don’t waste your money paying for electricity.
Go Green on Office Supplies
Green office supplies are not just about recycled paper these days. Major suppliers in the Metro have entire sections of their catalogs devoted to green products. Check them out!
Use Laptops Instead of Desktops
Laptops aren’t just more mobile than desktops, they’re also more energy efficient. Less power mean less money spent on electric bills. If you can’t give up on desktop computers, consider switching to newer models that are more energy efficient than older ones.
Another no-brainer when it comes to saving energy and money at the office is recycling paper. But there’s more to it than just throwing away waste paper in a recycling bin. Don’t forget to use both sides of every sheet of paper and recycle used envelopes for scrap paper or to-do lists. If your company doesn’t have a recycling program, go and start one.
Move to a Spot Closer to the Window
If you have an office with a window, take advantage of this and move your desk or work space next to it. Even if you don’t have a window, you might be able enjoy the indirect light depending on the sun angle and time of day. Natural light is better than artificial light for your emotional well-being, and saves energy, both of which will help you save in the long run.
Always keep in mind that even the smallest of changes can help create a big impact. Most of these tips are easy to do and can make a big difference in your ROI.