Everywhere you look, organizations and individuals are searching for ways to reduce their impact on the environment. That’s not just a responsible way of doing things, it’s also good business – now more than ever customers want to know that we are doing our part for the planet.
This is especially true when it comes to IT. Not only is the industry at the bleeding edge of change, but it’s also an area where most companies have lots of room for improvement.
Wondering what you can do to follow a smart, cost-effective, and eco-friendly approach to IT? In today’s post we want to offer a handful of easy and practical tips.
Invest in Energy-Efficient Equipment
At the risk of stating the obvious, the best way to reduce the environmental impact of your tech is to buy more energy-efficient equipment. Many manufacturers are putting out hardware that uses less power, or offers special modes for times when you have decreased needs.
If every business used the right tools and settings we could bring down emissions (and energy costs) quickly and significantly.
Buy From Eco-Friendly Suppliers
Moving beyond the equipment itself, it’s true that some tech suppliers are more eco-focused than others. By choosing to purchase equipment from those that prioritize energy savings and sustainable materials, you can do your part to invest in the future.
The best part about this approach is that it shouldn’t affect your company’s performance or capabilities in any way. The suppliers leading the way on environmental sustainability are also the ones putting the most thought into other areas of product design.
Recycle Your Outgoing Hardware
What happens to your computers and monitors once your business is finished with them? They don’t have to go straight to a landfill. You could resell them, have them recycled, or even donate them to a charitable group that doesn’t need the latest and greatest tech.
Recycling your company’s computers and devices doesn’t take much effort or expense, but it can make a big difference in your environmental impact.
Decrease Energy Costs Internally
Before we wrap up this post we should point out that you can do a lot to reduce your tech-related energy costs even without investing in new equipment. For instance, you could simply turn off machines when you aren’t using them, unplug wall chargers when they aren’t in use, and set things like lights and fans on a timer. You might even shut down empty workstations and store them in your facility during slow periods of the year.
Again, these are all environmentally responsible moves, but they also happen to be great for your business and bottom line. So why not reduce costs and save the planet all at once?
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