Conserving energy doesn't need to stop when you leave your house. At about 40 hours a week outside of the home, the workplace is the second most-frequented place we spend our time. Continuing to recycle and go green once in the office is just as critical as doing it at home. Although it can take some time to adjust to new habits, small changes can have significant impacts on the environment—and the bills. The Energy Information Administration suggested that if commercial buildings and worksites were to reduce their energy efficiency by a mere 10 percent, the economy would save more than $20 billion a year.
What can be done at work to reduce our environmental footprint? By carpooling, going green starts before even clocking in. Ride-sharing helps to cut back on the ozone-damaging carbon emissions released from our vehicles when fuel is burned, meaning cleaner air and a stronger protective atmosphere. When you are at the office, locking the thermostat to a temperature between 68 and 70 degrees helps boost heating and cooling efficiency, while turning off screen savers keeps electricity from being wasted. When it comes to endless office paperwork, go digital and save paper by utilizing email, chat, cloud services and other telecommunication methods. Check out this playlist to learn more about the tiny ways you can make a big impact at the office.