Earth Day falls on April 22, and in the spirit of the holiday, many companies make small changes toward more environmentally-friendly practices. From the technology they use to the furniture they purchase to the way they consume energy, businesses are looking for more ways to prioritize conservation and sustainability.
There are plenty of long-term changes that businesses can make to fulfill their sustainability goals without affecting workflow or breaking the bank. Here are some simple ways to reduce carbon footprints:
- Evaluate current carbon consumption – A company can reach out to a consultant to review the company’s carbon use. This assessment will give businesses a roadmap for how to improve.
- Upgrade for energy savings – Investing in simple but smart upgrades, such as installing shades and blinds or new windows, switching to energy-saving light bulbs, or properly maintaining heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, can provide effective and inexpensive ways of cutting down energy use.
- Turn off and unplug – Encourage every worker to shut down devices at the end of the day. Throughout the work day, turn devices to “energy saver” mode.
- Meat-free Mondays – Develop a rewards program for workers who will participate in a meat-free Monday initiative. This one-day-a-week program will cut down emissions associated with the growing, butchering, storage, and cooking of animals for meat.
- Encourage working from home – Most people have Internet access in this day and age, allowing them to work from home. This can save on travel resources as well as electrical consumption at the office, cutting down the company’s carbon footprint.
Many electronics manufacturing companies have taken steps to contribute to environmental protection. At EMS Solutions, we are proud to be lead-free with RoHS certifications. RoHS refers to the Restriction of Hazardous Substances, which originated in the European Union. It bars the use of specific hazardous materials commonly found in electronics and electrical products.