Over 70 percent of electricity in the United States is generated through the use of fossil fuels such as coal,oil and natural gas. Try being the voice that gets your company to switch to cleaner, renewable sources —talk to your boss, start a petition or, but at least you'll make your point. For a practical guide on switching togreen energy, check out the World Resources Institute's "Switching to Green: A renewable energy guide foroffice and retail companies."
7. Join a carpool
The average automobile burns over 12 liters of gasoline in just one hour. Whether you're going to the sameoffice, or just the same neighborhood, carpooling makes a heck of a lot of sense. It's not only easy on thewallet (particularly in light of current insane gas prices), but will reduce harmful CO
and fossil fuelemissions. Sites likeerideshare.comare cool if you're looking for potential carpool companions.
6. Power off your computer
Instead of putting your computer in sleep mode when you leave for an extended period of time, go aheadand shut the puppy off. Believe it or not, powering off completely can save up to 10 times the energy. And if you want to be a hero (and potentially piss off your co-workers), make sure their computers are also turnedoff after they've gone home for the evening. A word to the wise, however: first make sure everything issaved.
5. Use a laptop
On average, a laptop uses 10% less energy than a standard PC. Plus, if you're accustomed to spending a longtime in the hall you can multitask by bringing in your laptop.
4. Keep a keg under your desk
Not sure how it helps the environment, but it sure would make work a lot more fun!
3. Recharge your batteries
When possible, buy rechargeable batteries — so they can be used time and time again and ultimately, createless waste. According to rechargeable battery makersUniross, rechargeable batteries have 32 times lessimpact on the environment and use less than 1/23rd the natural resources of their disposable counterparts.
2. Turn off the AC and wear lighter-weight fabrics
Although the thermostat is usually governed by committee, turning off the AC is a quick and easy way toreduce your carbon footprint in the office. If your co-workers aren't happy to accommodate by wearinglighter clothing, you can either insulate heat by drawing blinds and curtains (roughly 40% of unwanted heatcomes through windows.
1. Use paper wisely
This is the big one. Start printing documents double-sided, save scrap paper to jot notes on, and of course,recycle whenever possible. On the more novel side of things, those offices that still use paper time cards (ahuge waste of paper!) should consider going electronic with a company likeT-sheets. As a general rule of thumb, if you can move paper correspondence online, then go for it.The kitchen may be the best room in the house to some, but it can also be the most wasteful. According tothe U.S. Department of Energy, lighting, refrigeration and cooking are responsible for 41.5% of a home's