How to save money by going green
Going green can seem an inconvenient and unnecessary hassle, but making even small changes to the way you and your employees work can cut costs, drive efficiency and give your business a competitive advantage.
‘Profit or environmental responsibility?’ is not a decision you have to make. The two are not mutually exclusive: you can have your green cake and eat it too.
The green advantage
Even in a recession, consumers consider a company’s green credentials important when buying and are willing to spend more on products or services produced in a responsible way, according to Boston Consulting Group.
Similarly, corporate social responsibility and a company’s green agenda help attract and retain the best talent and can drive up sales and encourage growth. Marks and Spencer, for instance, earned an extra £50 million in revenue in 2010 after implementing its green Plan A.
Going green not only gives your business a powerful competitive advantage, it also helps you cut costs and Samsung has the devices and expertise to help you do it.
Green up your business
- Go paperless. Scan, revise, sign and share documents with your smart phone; review documents on screen and share by email; archive files using cloud services, like Google Drive; and don’t print unless it’s absolutely essential.
- Print smart. Going fully paperless, however, is a tall order; there’ll always be something you need to print. But having the right device can cut costs and make printing more efficient. Modern multi-function devices (MFDs), like Samsung’s CLX-6260FW, enable double-sided printing and N-up copy, drastically reducing your paper consumption. And Samsung’s Confidential Print and Secure Release technologies prevent unauthorised printing, unauthorised use of colour and the waste from uncollected print jobs.
- Work remotely. Work is fast becoming a thing, not a place. If you don’t have to be in the office, work from home and save yourself the unnecessary commute. It saves on transport and reduces office overheads. Samsung’s mobile devices and near-field communication (NFC) technology on its printers makes anytime, anywhere working a doddle. Work on your document at home, push to your smartphone and simply tap it on your NFC-compatible printer at work or use the Samsung MobilePrint app to print.
- Go digital. Long-distance meetings mean wasting time and money on travel. Use VoIP services and video conferencing instead. The latest large format displays (LFDs), like Samsung’s 40” MDC Series LFD, can be used to collaborate with colleagues and engage customers wherever they are. Samsung’s d-LED BLU technology translates into lower operating costs, with a lightweight and eco-friendly display that uses less electricity than traditional cold cathode fluorescent lamp displays.
- Change your lights. Ensure that your workspace is fitted with high-quality LEDs. Fit-for-purpose energy-efficient lighting is vital for a comfortable, healthy work environment that promotes productivity. Samsung LED bulbs offer better value than conventional bulbs, providing power savings of 80 percent for the life of the bulb, and are rated for up to 40000 hours of usage, lasting an estimated 20 years – 40 times longer than regular bulbs. This means a lower utility bill, greater return on investment, reduced maintenance costs and fewer trips up the ladder.
- Intelligent temperature control. Be sparing with heating and air conditioning. Open or close windows depending on the time of year and dress for the weather. Make use of the most modern, efficient air conditioning and heating products, such as Samsung’s DVM VRF air conditioning systems and eco heat pump system (EHS), which creates heat up to four times more efficiently than other heating methods. The Government’s RHI scheme offers payments for installing and using green energy products, making this technology even more attractive.
- Green energy. Review your energy providers. Are you getting the best deal? What percentage do they source sustainably? The Green Electricity Marketplace lets you search for green suppliers and can help you switch to a cheaper, greener business tariff.
- Recycle. Even small changes can cut costs; if you need to print a document for your own reference, why not print on scrap paper? Check with your local authority to find out about local recycling schemes.
- Turn it off. Simple but effective. If you’re not using a device, turn it off or put it on standby to avoid wasting power. And make sure you turn every device and light off when you leave the workplace, particularly over weekends. Helpfully, many of Samsung’s products have low power sleep modes and consume less energy than competing devices, so forgetting won’t cost the earth.
Going green is not a box-ticking exercise. Making these small, intelligent changes and buying fit-for-purpose, energy- and cost-efficient technology can help any business save money, improve performance and win the confidence of customers and investors alike. Green means business.