Green your IT this St. Patrick's Day
What has green done for your business lately?
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and many followers will be wearing green. But green should not be just a color for one day a year. Green is now a reflection of our current environmental situation and a wave of change in how we use energy.
It seems that businesses everywhere are making an effort to cut energy costs and commit to better energy usage. Not only is “going green” a positive public relations tool for businesses, government agencies and organizations have created green initiatives that reward businesses for its efforts.
The problem with going green is that business owners often feel they must rush out and purchase expensive green products for their company. This is not necessarily true. Businesses can establish a green agenda by changing everyday work habits beginning with the company’s IT function.
The easiest way to establish a green initiative is with a green paper agenda. Limiting how much paper is printed is a great way to save. Companies can also suggest printing on both sides of paper that will not only reduce paper usage – it will reduce purchasing costs. And if possible, print two pages on one sheet of paper. Setting up a paper recycling location can also encourage employees to reduce the amount of paper waste.
Business can also encourage users to send their computers to hibernation mode which turns off monitors and reduces energy usage. Not only will this reduce a company’s energy consumption, it will also reduce energy bills. According to Delaware’s Department of Technology and Information (DTI), hibernating PC’s can save about 11 cents per kilowatt per hour – which is about $10,000 annually per workstation.
For companies looking to go green, reducing and recycling paper consumption is the easiest place to start. This way there are no hidden tradeoffs.
So this for people celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, wear your green attire with pride, but also consider what green can do for your business.
IsUtility® is a Houston-based IT outsourcing provider that delivers business technology “on-demand.” In an effort to spread “green IT awareness,” this article has been reduced to one-page to reduce paper consumption.
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