The Drift crew has been focusing on going green in the office these past few months. We want to do our part in saving the planet, and have come up with a few ways to start cutting back from useless waste. We really started to think green once we moved into our new office space. Here are a few things we’ve been doing to help play our part in saving energy and resources.
Let’s start with trying to save energy. It’s a no-brainer to swap out the incandescent light builds that everyone is so familiar with, and going with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Energy Star qualified CFLs use 75% of the energy as compared to their traditional incandescent counterparts, yet emit the same amount of light. In fact, Energy Star claims that:
If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that’s earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars.
By saving money and using less energy, fluorescent light bulbs are definitely a win-win for us at the office.
Another strategy we’re using for saving energy is shutting off all of our computers whenever we’re done for the evening. Time magazine stated that:
Computers in the office burn $1 billion worth of electricity annually–and that’s when they’re not producing a lick of work.
By shutting off our computers before we head home, we’re reducing our energy footprint and saving money on our power bill.
Offices use a ton of paper each year, and we tried to come up with some ways to reduce our reliance on it. In every room we have giant dry-erase boards that we use to brainstorm and jot stuff down rather than use paper. We use recycled desks made out of old shipping pallets and we repurposed the glass from display cases at an old department store to use as counter tops – but the cool part is that we can write on the counter tops with dry-erase markers, further eliminating our paper needs.
Continuing on with the recycling theme, we’re very conscious about using recycling bins whenever possible. In fact, we even go as far as recycling our old computers, electronics, and even light bulbs. This way, we can reduce the amount of waste we send to landfills as much as possible. Finally, we’ll have office clothing drives and ‘recycle’ all of our unused clothing and donate them to the needy. No sense in throwing them away.
A lot of what we’ve changed in the office is simple things that make a big impact. We encourage everyone out there to start thinking more environmentally friendly. Let’s all play a part in making the world a cleaner place.