Thank you to Kali Wyrosdic from Quench for the following guest post with some simple tips on how to go green.
Easy Ways to Go Green at Home or in the Office
Sometimes, going green can be as simple as making use of what you already have. Check out these simple ways to go green at home or in the office without really trying. The more of these tips you use, the more benefits you’ll enjoy, so get ready to start seeing green.
Drink up! Instead of wasting money and risking your health on BPA-laden plastic water bottles, invest the ten dollars in a (preferably stainless-steel) refillable water bottle and fill it with filtered tap water before heading out for the day. Apps like WeTap and Oasis Places make finding filtered water on-the-go a no-brainer so you really never have to pick up a plastic bottle.
Change your font! This little trick can save you money, ink and toner at the office or at home; and all you have to do is change your computer’s auto-print font. Ecofont, developed by a company in the Netherlands, and Century Gothic are just a few choices that can save you ink when compared to printing with Arial. The University of Wisconsin Green Bay tried this trick and ended up using 30% less ink when printing with Century Gothic!
Say it again! When printing, use the backside of fax cover sheets, flyers or notes to save paper. Almost every single institution offers paperless options; so reusing ‘trash’ paper to print on for the rest of your printing needs can almost entirely eliminate paper waste! And instead of chucking used paper into the recycling bin, you can pass it through a shredder and save the shreds to use as packing materials.
Kill vampire energy! Change all your light bulbs to CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) to maximize energy savings. Just one bulb saves you six dollars per year and uses 75% less energy and heat. Pair these with automatic timers for your heat and air conditioning systems and you could save up to one thousand dollars per year on your combined energy bills!
Author Bio: Kali is a guest writer and Philly resident writing on behalf of Quench. Quench is America’s largest provider of bottleless water coolers, providing a healthier, more cost-effective and greener alternative to traditional jug water coolers.