Sustainable working in the office – five simple tips for anyone!

A sustainable lifestyle makes it possible to conserve valuable resources – an excellent way of protecting our environment. There are also clever ways to ensure environmentally conscious working in the office. The following five tips offer you a way to make your office routine more sustainable.

A guest article from the LebeJetzt lifestyle blog 

 

1. Using lighting intelligently

It is estimated that some 40 percent of the electricity consumed by the average company in an office building is accounted for by its lighting. Once the darker morning hours have passed and there is sufficient daylight, it’s time to turn off the lights in the office. Every member of the team can do their part by ensuring that lights are not on unnecessarily – this includes conference rooms and stairwells.

 

2. Electricity…

Electrical devices, including printers and fax machines, should ideally be set to sleep mode or turned off entirely if they are not going to be used for a longer period. This is a very sensible way of reducing energy consumption, and it is equally true for one’s own computer during lunch breaks and after finishing work for the day. In fact, there are now eco-power rates that are often cheaper than conventional electricity rates, and which also support sustainable power-use policies. Conducting a rate comparison is a quick way to find out how much you can save on your current electricity bill. Depending on a company’s size and power consumption, this can quickly amount to hundreds of euros a year.

 

3. Ventilation or heating? Finding the right climate helps to protect the environment

It’s often impossible to reach agreement on an “ideal temperature” amongst everyone in an open space office.

The Klöber Klimastuhl is the perfect choice here, because the user can select the “heating” and “ventilation” functions in the seat and backrest, allowing them to create the right climate for their individual requirements. As a result, it is possible to save money on heating and cooling according to the season. The climate function switches off automatically when the user stands up, ensuring that no unnecessary energy costs are incurred.

 

Thanks to its integral heating and ventilation functions in the seat and backrest, the Klöber Klimastuhl regulates heat and cold at the contact points with the body.

 

4. Saving paper? Yes, you can!

Purchasing recycled paper is another way in which employers can contribute to protecting the environment – it is also worthwhile to optimise routine workflows: documents are often printed out as a matter of habit, even though it is no longer necessary in today’s world of digitalised workflows.

In keeping with the motto “PDFs instead of paper”, companies can save money on printer paper and ink while helping the environment. Another thing: you can also switch your printers and copiers to double-sided printing, a simple yet effective trick that reduces paper requirements by nearly 50%.

 

5. Finding alternatives to plastic

Is your job impossible without highlighter pens? Neon-coloured wooden pencils offer an excellent alternative. They are available not only in yellow, but also in green, pink and orange – i.e. all of the colours that you are used to with your conventional highlighters. Using refillable pens in place of the disposable variety is another investment that is good for our environment. Once your awareness has been raised, you are sure to identify other materials at your workplace that are needed repeatedly and which could be replaced by non-plastic alternatives.

Kathrin Schreiber
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