How to make your Business “Green”

In today’s busy marketplace, going green can have more impact than ever before, and not just environmentally. As markets and niches are becoming more diluted with competition, going green can help small businesses stand out from the crowd. If you don’t have the capital or you aren’t the owner of the business – going green doesn’t necessarily have to be a costly investment.

As a start, consider making these easy-to-do changes:

– Replace light bulbs with energy efficient ones.
– If it’s comfortable outside and appropriate, let the wind be the air conditioner
– Choose to clean with greener products, as an alternative to harsh chemicals
– Re-claim furniture and fixtures, a little TLC can go a long way!
– Consider placing plants around the business, or making a “living wall”
– Use recycled material for bags and receipts and/or make them optional
– Buy energy efficient equipment
– Follow the rule of – turn it down, turn it off.
– Cut extra packaging out

Forget ‘Smart Homes’-You Need a ‘Smart Office’

Smart homes are all the rage these days. You can control your home’s temperature, lighting, and even monitor it remotely. So this brings up the question-why does your office get left behind? The answer is that this doesn’t need to be the case. Using this technology for your office instead to create a ‘smart office’ can lower your stress and really save you time and money to boot. Here are a few ideas to achieve a smart office and how it can help you in the long run.

Smart Lights

Energy management is a huge thing these days and saving on electricity costs through lights is a great way to get it done. Smart lights have the ability to change lighting conditions based on what’s currently happening in the building. If there’s no one there then they will shut off. If someone is walking along a hallway when it’s dark, the lights can shut on and off in sequences as they move along the hallway so it uses only the light that you really need.

How to set up a Roof Garden

As more and more people reside in tighter living spaces, and available land to build on becomes scarcer, increasing numbers of people choose to create a roof garden to provide them with some garden space. If the idea of having a roof garden appeals, then read on to find out all you need to know.

Why have a roof garden?

Even if you don’t have the space to own a conventional garden, a roof garden has tons of appeal in itself. In many cities, where living space is tight, roof gardens are highly sought-after and can add value to the price of your property.
High up from the ground and away from the noise of traffic, a roof garden can be an idyllic oasis, providing stretching vistas and intriguing skylines.
As well as being good for the environment, this garden in the sky has other benefits too. It has been suggested that a roof garden acts as natural insulation, which can reduce your heating and cooling costs.
If there is a storm, a roof garden can decrease water runoff as much of the water is captured by the plants. Some experts believe that a roof garden can increase the life expectancy of your roof, as the garden protects it from fluctuations in weather and temperatures. It may even lower the risk of fire.

How to create a roof garden

China is the new Go-Green Model

China has been the target of environmentalists worldwide and also within its own borders. This is mainly due to the diminished air and water quality due to massive industrialization in recent years and the use of coal as heating and also used to produce oil.

Oil produced from coal has twice the CO2 emissions as burning coal alone. So is it possible that China may become the Go Green poster child of the industrialized world? It is not only possible – it is very likely.

China is a giant canvas for painting a green picture for the world. Chinese officials are aware of the enormity of the problem but have also implemented equally large plans.

The combination of sustainable natural resources and alternative plans for the use of coal and plastics have put the country on the track to showing the greatest improvement environmentally. This is a plan that has been criticized for its slow track path but nonetheless, it is a plan.

They built the Great Wall one stone at a time and they will clean up the environment one city at a time. Some of the implemented plans and sustainable resources that will be part of a greener China include:

Lower My Bills – Tips to Save Energy in Your Home

It’s not that hard to save on your electricity bill at all. Take a look at some useful tips:  

1. Kеер уоur heating running efficiently. Yоur furnace iѕ thе mоѕt expensive appliance in уоur house tо run. In fact, household heating accounts fоr 60% оf аll energy uѕеd in thе average home. Make ѕurе it iѕ operating аѕ efficiently аѕ роѕѕiblе bу replacing itѕ filter еvеrу twо months.
A great option iѕ tо purchase оnе оf thе reusable filters thаt саn bе washed оn a regular basis. You’ll pay mоrе fоr thеm but thеу lаѕt fоr years ѕо in thе еnd thеу cost lеѕѕ thаn disposable filters. Thе fеw minutes it will tаkе уоu tо properly care fоr уоur furnace саn increase itѕ energy efficiently bу аѕ muсh аѕ 50 реr cent.
2. Install a programmable thermostat. Heating аnd cooling уоur house whеn nо оnе iѕ home – оr whеn еvеrуоnе iѕ in bеd – uѕеѕ аn unnecessary amount оf energy. Thiѕ iѕ bad fоr thе environment аnd bad fоr уоur checkbook!
Inѕtеаd оf wasting thаt energy, buy a programmable thermostat аnd set thе temperature tо bе ѕеvеrаl degrees cooler (or warmer in thе summer) during thе night аnd whеn thе house iѕ empty. Yоu саn easily hаvе it back tо thе temperature уоu likе bу thе timе уоu wake uр оr arrive home.

Go Green in 2017

Recycling, reducing waste and lowering energy costs are just some of the options that businesses have to go a little “greener” in 2017. There are plenty of reasons for you to go green personally, but why would a business bother with it? After all, small businesses are all about the bottom line.

In reality, going green can have a big impact on your profits in more ways than you might think. It’s even a fundamental value many small businesses will flaunt to develop loyal customers.

You can lower you energy costs, which is a big portion of your overhead. Encouraging your employees to turn off lights and computers while on break or at the end of the day will produce big effects.

However, how do things like recycling or encouraging car pools help to save you money? They may not. In fact, they may actually make you money! Offering green technology at work is a great way for employers to attract talent and consumers. People are losing their loyalty for companies at the same time they’re increasing loyalty for themselves and their careers. Use what you can to keep them attracted to you and check out some cool, easy ideas for going green in 2014.

Sustainable Jobs: Places to Put Your Green Degree to Use

The first sustainability degree was offered by Arizona State’s School of Sustainability in 2007. Seven years later, many major universities have created their own programs. These sustainability degrees can fall under nearly every academic discipline, from history to engineering and are offered as majors, minors, or even masters degrees.

However, this broad scope can sometimes make it difficult to narrow down your options in the business world. Here are four areas of business where your green degree sets you apart.

Design

From interior decorating to high fashion, the green movement has made its mark. The movement has revolutionized the materials and processing in industrial fields, and enhanced the recycling actions in others.

Whether your interest lies with solar-powered, self-sustaining houses, or fashionable and comfortable clothing created from recyclables, the design world is a great place for you to use your education in other fields, such as engineering and urban planning, hand in hand.

Green Ideas Could Lead You to Your Next Raise and Promotion

It’s about time you were taken more seriously—that you gave your own self a raise and promotion, and that you gave yourself more power in the workplace. It’s easier than you think, too—just start embracing “green think,” and quickly discover that your fellow workers will begin to think the world of you as you think more of the world.

Maybe you are tired of working for “The Man” and are contemplating branching out on your own and becoming  your own business person. This may involve selling a green product or service—such as eco-friendly beauty products or even a green home-cleaning service.

Either way, by going green in business, you essentially are promoting yourself to the status of a company owner, and because green goods are in high demand these days, you can expect an economy-driven pay raise as well.

If you’re not crazy about the idea of assuming the risk of running your own business, maybe you’re still tired of being stagnant in your role and want to breathe new life into your job: Just consider what you can do to make it easier for future generations to “breathe” easy in a constantly changing world.

Natural Home: How to Incorporate More Earth into Your Life

By incorporating natural elements into your living space, you can create an environment that is relaxing to you and your family. Small changes to your decor can add ambience and character to your home.

Bringing the outdoors in can be done on a large or small scale, and can be suited to any budget.

Earth-Toned Color Scheme
An easy way to create a warm and inviting home is to choose an earth-toned color scheme. Because earth tones complement one another, you do not have to choose a single shade for your living space.

If you are choosing an earth tone for your walls, consider the size of the room. Lighter tans, grays, and greens suit a small room well, while deeper shades work better for larger rooms.

You can create definition in a space by choosing a light tone and a dark tone. By using two complementary tones together, you will prevent your living space from looking drab.

Reduce your carbon footprint

Everyone’s heard of the so called ‘carbon footprint’. But what exactly does it mean? Basically, it’s the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by a person, organisation/business or event.

The drastic increase in the emission of CO2 (carbon dioxide) is the main cause of global warming, also known as man-made climate change. There are certain things you can do to lower your carbon footprint. By doing so, you’re helping the planet more than you may think.

Before I go through the ways you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, it’s essential to understand that CO2 is a consequence of burning carbon-based fuels such as gasoline/petrol, diesel, kerosene, coal, oil and gas.

The goal is to reduce the use of devices which are powered by carbon-based fuels. I know it sounds daunting but as they say, starting is half the battle. Here are 5 tips that will help you get started: