As ‘money saving experts’ for the office and workplace, we thought we’d share with you 10 idea’s that you can implement right now, and start saving money, which can go straight on your bottom line as profit…
1. Power off the systems at night
Powering systems (including PC’s, laptops, printers and monitors) down at night or when you leave for the day, might seem obvious. But is one of the jobs most people forget about, although it’s one of the easiest things you can do to save money at the office and workplace. And if you have power strips, don’t forget to turn them off too.
2. Assess your office solutions on a regular basis
You’ll be surprised how many organisation never re-assess their office solutions. This could be print technology, telephony or just general office supplies. Technology and products improve over time, and on many occasions there will be other improved or unique solutions available, that will save you money and improve your efficiencies.
3. Turn out the lights
I am constantly on at the children at home about this, not to mention the team at work. And how many times have you walked past the conference room, kitchen or warehouse and seen the lights blazing and no one in there? Take a second to turn off the lights and continually remind your employees to do the same. This is something we have to get better at too.
4. Buy quality compatible printer cartridges
If you are not already in a money saving managed print agreement (like our Infinity printing service), switch to quality compatible printer cartridges, as they will save you a packet. But a word of warning, make sure you buy from a reputable supplier who provide quality products and offer money back guarantees. Unfortunately there is still a lot of poor quality product flooding the market place, and you need to be sure who you are dealing with and that they provide a good quality product,
5. Switch to laptops
Laptops are more energy efficient than PC’s, so switch where you can. And you will use less power, saving you money on your electricity. But, if you do have to use desktop computers for a particular business reason, consider switching to newer models, as they will be more energy efficient than older models.
6. Buy energy efficient equipment
When you’re in the market for new office equipment, make sure you check their energy efficiency rating. And make part of your buying criteria, to choose equipment that uses less energy, just as long as the functionality you require is also available.
7. Recycle paper
A no brainer when it comes to saving money at the office is recycling paper. And I don’t mean just tossing it in to a recycling bin. Use both sides of every sheet of paper and use opened envelopes for scrap paper or to-do lists. If your company doesn’t have a paper recycling program, start one.
8. Make the switch to LEDs
By making the switch from traditional light bulbs to energy-efficient LED’s you can save as much as 75% of your lighting energy costs. There are many organisations that can help you with this and Whytelight Solutions are a very credible one.
9. Move your desk next to the window
If you have an office with a window move your desk next to it and turn your light off. Even if you don’t have a window, you might be able to take advantage of indirect light depending on the sun angle and time of day. Natural light is better than artificial light for your emotional well-being. Saves energy and saves money too.
10. Work from home, bike, car share, or walk to work
If you already work from home, then good for you! But if it’s not an option for you, then consider biking, car sharing or walking to work. You could offer incentives to employees who car share, bike or walk, especially if you pay extra for employee parking.
These are just a few of our idea’s on how you can save money. Keep your eye’s peeled for our next batch, which will be heading your way very soon.