Make Your Business Eco Friendly In Five Easy Steps

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In this day and age, people are focusing more and more on the environment and on how they can make their lives greener and more eco-friendly. There are reports in the news every day about how our behaviour is affecting the planet and the environment that we live in, so it makes sense that we would make tweaks in our lifestyles to make things better – after all, when people stopped using aerosols it was so good for the environment that the hole in the ozone layer finally started to repair itself! Here are some changes that you can make in your business to help save the world…

Change Your Bulbs

Replacing your older light bulbs with CFL and LED bulbs. Not only do they use significantly less energy, but they also last for a lot longer than regular bulbs, which will save you money in the long run.

Use Recyclable Materials

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Select eco-friendly paper and when you do need to print things, talk to a service like Managed Print Services which will help you and your company to reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact. When you’re buying furniture, go for recyclable materials like wood and metal rather than plastic, and don’t be afraid to spend a little more money so you get furniture that will last for a long time.

Go Paperless

Going paperless is something that happens with most companies in the end anyway, but you could accelerate the process by starting to ditch company wide memos on paper and emailing them instead. Take notes on laptops and tablets instead of on paper, and emphasise that your staff should be using emails instead of writing letters. Use an online payment scheme, and keep company records on a computer database instead of in filing cabinets. This can also be a lot more secure. Make sure that you shred any old files with sensitive information in them before recycling them.

Add Greenery

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In your office, you should try to make sure that you have as much greenery around as possible. Not only does this convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, thereby sending more purified air back into the office, but it’ll also help to improve the mental health of your employees. The plants will also help by reminding them that there’s a natural world out there – which is no mean feat when you work in an office all day! Make sure that you assign the task of watering them to someone in particular so they don’t end up withering away and dying – that probably wouldn’t look like a very good omen for the future of the company…

Get An Energy Audit

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If you’re not sure how you can cut down on your energy usage – and therefore your energy bills – then get an energy audit. Some US states will even provide them for free. Sealing leaks and cracks can take up to 20% off your energy bill – and some states will pay for the repairs as well as the audits themselves! If you’d rather do it yourself, or if you want a more temporary solution, try out a draught excluder next to the door.

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Want To Stun Your Friends? Transform Your Home With A Cool Extension

Lots of people undertake home extension projects every single year. It’s the best way to improve your home and add value. The only alternative in most instances is to sell your property and find somewhere new. However, that’s a real hassle and most people don’t like to idea of dealing with a relocation. Today, we’re going to spend some time looking at the main reasons you need to hire an architect for such a job. Believe it or not, doing so will make your life much easier. It should also help you to reduce costs and limit any issues you might encounter in the long run. So, take a quick read through the information below.

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Architects understand planning regulations

 

If you want to add a new room to your home, you’ll have to follow lots of complex building regulations. You’ll also have to submit planning applications to your local authority. That is the case, regardless of whether you own the property or not. The process can take a long time, and people without the right experience will make mistakes. Any issues could put your project back and mean you have to spend more money. So, hiring a professional should ensure you navigate the minefield without making mistakes. You just need to make sure you read lots of online reviews and testimonials. That way, you’re guaranteed to choose the right specialist for the job.

 

Architects can meet your requirements

 

Sometimes it’s difficult to create a design that’s fit for purpose. Maybe you want to add a new bedroom downstairs or something similar. There could be lots of problems you need to overcome to ensure the room is as big as you need. Architects like Murdock Solon and their competitors know exactly how to keep you happy. People in that profession understand all the tricks you need to use to achieve your ambitions. They will also let you know straight away if you are planning an infeasible operation. With a bit of luck, they will come up with some alternative concepts that still produce the same result.

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Architects don’t charge as much as you think

 

Many people refrain from using an architect because they believe that it will cost them a lot of money. While the best experts charge a premium, it pales in comparison to the cash you might lose due to mistakes. You might pay somewhere in the region of a few thousand dollars for their assistance. However, starting from scratch because you’ve done something wrong could cost much more. So, it all comes down to what you hope to achieve. If you’re willing to take a risk, you could reduce spending by handling the entire job yourself. You just need to be 100% satisfied you have all the bases covered. Otherwise, you’re headed for financial disaster.
We hope those three points have helped to set the record straight when it comes to hiring an architect. You can probably manage without one for any small tasks you might perform. However, if the project involves planning permission, they are the best tool in your arsenal.  

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