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With the “greener” world that we are now living in, you are likely already using green energy at your home. However, there are also many ways you can use green energy at work. Check out the below article to learn of five simple methods of doing this.

One obvious solution is to simply use less paper at work. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. After all, you have to print out important documents, right? Well, one way you can get around this is to try to use electronic documents whenever you can. Although you won’t be able to do this all the time, just doing it some can help. In addition, you can avoid printing out frivolous paper. Only print the papers that you really need, and if possible, print using both sides of the paper.

An even easier method of saving energy at work is to simply turn off the lights when you leave a room. You may not think that this helps much, but a single 100 watt light bulb that is left on just one hour each day burns 36.5 kilowatts of energy every single year. Therefore, if you have a light bulb that is unnecessarily on for this length of time, then you are burning a lot of energy for no reason. Unfortunately, although this is very easy to do, it is also easy to forget. Make a conscious effort to turn off a light every time you leave, and before you know it, this action will become habit.

Recycle at work. There are an abundant amount of things you can recycle. First, you should obviously recycle paper. Do some research to find some paper-recycling companies near your work. Second, you can recycle your ink cartridges rather than getting new ones. If you shop at Office Depot, you could even get some money back on certain cartridges. Finally, you can recycle other materials, such as aluminum cans, bottles, cardboard, etc.

If you bring your own lunch to work, try to bring food you don’t have to store in the refrigerator. The more food that is in a refrigerator, the more power that it uses. Therefore, if you typically pack a frozen dinner, consider bringing nuts or a PBJ sandwich instead. Obviously, your choices will be more limited when you cannot store food in a refrigerator, so this does not mean you should never bring food to store in the fridge. You should just try to minimize it as much as you can. Consider having a system of fridge days and non-fridge days.

Finally, talk to your boss to see if green energy light bulbs can be put in. Although this may require an investment on the company’s end, they can eventually save a lot of money on saved energy costs. Pitch this idea to your boss, and let him or her know how much money can eventually be saved.

Using green energy at work can not only help your company save the environment (which is an excellent marketing pitch), it can also help save money. Share these five simple green-energy methods with your boss and fellow co-workers, and you can all reduce your company’s carbon footprint.