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How Businesses Can Save Money By Using Eco Friendly Business Solutions

Updated on March 23, 2011


These are simple, no-brainer ideas that can save you money. It might appear that the savings are minuscule but over time, pennies add up to dollars.

In terms of cutting wasted expenses and protecting the environment, this also gives you a good selling point for your company by being concerned about the impact of businesses on the environment.

These are also extremely easy to implement changes that involve extremely little effort.


Digital faxing. There are many reasonable services that are Internet based and cost pennies per day. There are even free services.

How do you save and protect the environment? You are conserving paper which is a huge expense and a big drain on the environment. Consider the staggering fact below on how many trees are lost due to the demand for paper in North America.

You now have no need for a fax machine that can break down and need repairs. Faxes are easily received on email. Most services allow you to store received and sent faxes on their website for easy retrieval if needed.



Do you really need to print it?  Consider that it is estimated that 50% of the trees in North America are cut down to fill the demand for paper.  This also creates fewer habitats for wildlife and also costs energy in its production and involves the use of a multitude of chemicals. 

How do you save and protect the environment?  By not printing emails or files unnecessarily.  By storing them as digital files, you cut the use of paper drastically.  By printing fewer documents, your usage of ink cartridges markedly decreases and you use less power. 

Recycle or re-ink your cartridges and never throw them in the garbage.  Plastic and biodegradable are not synonymous. 

Consider doubling up.  Set your printer to print both sides of the paper and you will obviously save half of the paper you used before. 

How do you save and protect and environment?  By cutting your paper consumption in half.  Again, consider not printing email messages and even putting a statement on your emails going out requesting the recipient to not print the email to save on paper.

Turn off your computer at night and on weekends...or any time not in use. 

How do you save and protect the environment?  It is projected that one computer left in sleep mode overnight and every weekend of the year costs $41 per year to power.  This is as quoted by Mark Pierce, from Cornell's College of Human Ecology.  He quotes a figure of $57 per year to run a computer on weekdays.  Leaving it plugged in but shut down, you'll spend $3 per year powering the monitor's standby mode when it's not in use.  This is for one computer.  You can multiply the cost times the computers in an office to see the impact this has on not only the pocketbook but also the use of energy.  Long-term cost savings (and less wear and tear on your computer) and the reduction in coal-fueled power plants for electricity outweigh the simple effort of turning off computers, monitors and printers not in use.  It also protects the environment in terms of wildlife affected by our huge need for power.  It is helping to preserve ecosystems.

Turn off the lights!  It's a simple concept and one that was drilled into our heads as kids.  Everything you can turn off that is not in use saves you money. 

How does it save money and protect the environment?  Everyone's electricity charges are different but if you consider these facts - 1 kilowatt hour is the amount of energy it takes to power 1000 watts for an hour.  So in the case of a 60 watt light bulb, how many hours does it take for the light bulb to use 1 kilowatt hour of electricity?  (Divide 1000 by 60).  This is about 17 hours.

If an electric company charges 10 cents per kilowatt hour and a light bulb in an office is on for 15 hours when the office is unoccupied (5pm-8am), leaving a light on overnight is using about 1 kilowatt hour of power.  So that would be 10 cents....but that is for only one light bulb.

Consider how many light bulbs are left on for how many hours and consider the savings.  But also consider the environmental impact of needing more and more fossil fuels to satisfy our power needs.  If we conserve, we are causing less environmental destruction that is caused by mining. 

Also consider this....light bulbs contain mercury which is toxic and can damage the environment.  Using less means less money outlaid but it also means less mercury in our landfills.



There are hundreds of other ways for businesses to protect the environment and save money but these tips are generic and can apply to small businesses to huge corporations. 

Isn't one of the primary goals of any business to make money?  If this is true, then saving tips such as these are great resources to employ. 

However, the bigger picture in terms of protecting the environment, preserving it or doing "no harm" is vital to our survival. 

We can also employ these practices in the home office setting or on a personal level.  A penny earned is a penny saved and any step forward is a good one in terms of saving our environment.


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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Emily for your input and for the link!

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      Emily 6 years ago

      There are some really good points in this post - some are so obvious yet we still don't do them! You have offered lots of info, thanks! I work for a small business and so saving on costs is very important. We also have a blog article on saving tips for small businesses, it could be interesting to you - I've attached the link if you would like to read

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Lee - It all starts with small businesses in my humble opinion and if it works for us, MAYBE those big businesses can get a clue! Good for you!!

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      Lee Barton 7 years ago from New Mexico

      I and my small business are on board. Let's hope we see some big businesses following these practices.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Hanna!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A good and detailed hub. Well done, Audrey.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Darski - I appreciate your sweet comment and even more your understanding! We're all in this together after all.

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Hello Audry, excellent hub, love it and you are truly and inspration for me and others to do the RIGHT things for Mother Earth...Many of us are like flea's and she gonna shake them off of her. rate up, love & peace darski

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Nan - I totally agree! Think of all the skyscrapers with their lights blazing all night long - it makes no sense. And all the millions and billions of computers sitting there sucking up juice...or the millions of trees falling to produce paper for us to print things on.

      I am a thrifty person by nature so I believe in this stuff 100% - thanks so much for the read and the agreement!

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      Nan 7 years ago

      You covered everything in the hub. We need to start now on some of the things you discussed on going green!