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5 Steps to Your New Eco-Friendly Office

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Discover 5 ways that you can make your office more environmentally friendly. Make quick and easy changes such as switching to eco-friendly cleaning products and post-consumer paper supplies, or go all the way by getting an energy audit! There are endless ways that your business can reduce it's impact on the planet.

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5 Steps to Your New Eco-Friendly Office

  1. 1. To Your New Eco-Friendly Office STEPS
  2. 2. Steps to Your New Eco-Friendly Office 1 Choose post-consumer recycled content like paper 2 Choose eco-friendly, biodegradable cleaning products 3 Replace old lights with LEDs 4 Get an energy audit for your office 5 Move environmentally unfriendly tasks to the cloud
  3. 3. 1Choose Post-Consumer Recycled Content This is material, used in products like paper and aluminum cans, that would otherwise be headed for a landfill. Look for items with logos and descriptions like this. The higher the “Post-Consumer Waste” (PCW), the better.
  4. 4. Every ton of 100% post consumer recycled paper used will save 24 trees. Source: Stanford University: On Buying Recycled
  5. 5. Recycling with aluminum and steel saves 75% of the energy over using new materials. Source: Stanford University: On Buying Recycled
  6. 6. Choose Eco-Friendly, Cleaning Products On your next office-supply run, examine the labels for eco-friendly properties. You can find them on anti-bacterial soap, computer-monitor cleaners, etc. And check out The Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) for eco-friendly “scores” on consumer products. 2
  7. 7. 40% Percentage of certain standard household cleaning products the EPA deems contain “Volatile Organic Compounds” (VOCs) — dangerous for the water supply. Look for labels like this one. Source: San Francisco Chronicle: How Does Household Cleaner Affect the Environment?
  8. 8. 85,000Number of chemicals introduced in standard household products. 70% Percentage of these chemicals the EPA deems “possibly harmful”. Source: Green Business Network feature
  9. 9. Replace Old Lights with LEDs Your incandescent bulbs are likely costing you more money than more energy-efficient LEDs. Plus, using LEDs can save 40 power plants from being built, according to the US Energy Department. 3
  10. 10. 25% - 70%Percentage you can cut your energy bill by switching to energy-efficient lighting. Source: US Dept. of Energy: Energy-Efficient Holiday Decorating Tips
  11. 11. 30xA typical incandescent lamp lasts about 1,000 hours. An LED is expected to have a useful life of 30,000 hours. Source: US Dept. of Energy: LED Basics.
  12. 12. Get an Energy Audit for Your Office An energy audit can help you identify wasted or inefficient energy use in your office —and will likely include an energy- management plan. This can help you cut business costs and make your office more eco-friendly. 4
  13. 13. 1-3%Percentage of your energy bill you can cut for every degree on your thermostat. Source: Energy Hub: How Much is One Degree Worth?
  14. 14. An audit can help you energy costs by 30% cut your business’s Source: US Dept. of Energy: Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits
  15. 15. Move Environmentally Unfriendly Tasks to the Cloud Want to “green” your office quickly —and save money? Cut down on the stuff. Move tasks that require paper, computers, faxes and phone systems to the cloud. Bonus: You can actually recycle that old office hardware! 5
  16. 16. Every year, Americans send 135,000,000 tons of trash to places like this. Source: Waste Management World feature
  17. 17. Save the Planet. Conclusion: Cut Down on Waste. 1Easy and Cost-Effective Step: Switch from your fax machine to online faxing with eFax. All your business faxes are managed in the cloud. Receive, sign, send and store faxes online.
  18. 18. Steps to Your New Eco-Friendly Office 1 Choose post-consumer recycled content like paper 2 Choose eco-friendly, biodegradable cleaning products 3 Replace old lights with LEDs 4 Get an energy audit for your office 5 Move environmentally unfriendly tasks to the cloud
  19. 19. For more great ideas for making your office more eco-friendly visit www.eFax.com/blog

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