A lot of people aren’t too keen on the way modern technology is changing both our lives and the health of the planet at large. We seem to have a good grasp on how exactly we’re changing the climate for the worse. The magnitude of climate damage is pretty daunting - and rampant energy use is one of the prime culprits.
So where exactly does this leave a small business that is looking to thrive and grow? After all, modern businesses seem to need more and more technology all the time. Are we all doomed to contribute to the “death of the planet” whenever we try to improve our office resources?
This doesn’t actually have to be the case. In fact, a lot of technological advances can be incorporated into your business that can actually help reduce your environmental footprint. What we’re going to talk about here isn’t so much the removal of things you’re doing - which is what a lot of “footprint reduction” boils down to - and instead a look at the technological methods you can add that will help the planet.
The efficacy of solar power is not to be underestimated. It’s a lot more realistic to get your office powered by solar energy than you might think, thanks to technological advancements that have made solar panels more effective and more affordable. The problem here is that it does require quite an extensive overhaul of your electrical system. It’s not as demanding as people often make it out to be, but it will probably require your office to have some downtime.
Outsourcing a lot of your technological needs can actually help you reduce your footprint. A lot of the sorts of tech businesses you can work with will have access to better and more efficient technology than you can get your hands on, so it’s not just a case of moving the environmental burden to someone else! There are so many things you can outsource to help in this area. Even working with something as seemingly simple as print services can help, especially if you really need to print in bulk.
“Smart” technology is usually taken to mean gadgets that are part of the “Internet of Things.” When you understand how these things work, it’s easy to see how they can help reduce your footprint. Basically, they take data from their environment, then send that data to another device. The original item can then either perform a programmed action in response to that environment, or be controlled remotely using the other device. Environmental data can range from temperature, to electricity levels, to the amount of certain toxins in the air. They can help you reduce the use certain resources when certain requirements are met, which can help save a lot of time and energy.
Determining your environmental footprint
If you want to find out how big a footprint your office has on the environment, then you should look into getting an energy audit. This will allow you to determine where precisely you might need to make some technological updates!
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