Going green is something you read a lot of in magazines and blogs as it relates to our homes, however it can be applied to our offices as well. Luckily there are a number of things we can do to alleviate our footprint on Mother Earth and still have a fully functioning office. Eco friendly products and practices can not only make your environment less toxic, they can also save you money in the long run.
Plus another added benefit of going green in the office is that each year, you get to research and experiment with eco gadgets that newly make it onto the scene.
See some of these fun gadgets below.
1. Solar Powered Charging Station –
Soon you will be able to charge the plethora of gadgets and tech you use via the Sun and solar power. Imagine instead of plugging your printer or copier to a wall outlet, charging them up via a solar powered charging station. This is still a few years away for larger appliances, however as of right now you can charge smaller devices via new solar chargers from Goal Zero. With Goal Zero you have two options; the Switch 8 and the Sherpa 50 portable solar chargers. Each one has a different weight and juice capacity, the smaller one Switch 8 is meant for smaller devices such as a smartphone and the larger Sherpa 50 unit is meant for DVD players and laptops.
They will both soon be available for purchase online at the Goal Zero website.
2. Rechargeable Batteries –
An inexpensive way to green your office is to replace old alkaline batteries from devices and replace them with the rechargeable type. Amazon has bulk packages of 20 or more and in the common variety of AA and AAA which is what most smaller devices and gadgets take. This eco effort would save you a pretty penny each year on batteries and conserve more energy.
3. Energy Star Compliant Laptop –
Most but not all new laptops are made to meet Energy Star compliance and one way to know if the laptop that you’re about to buy is such a model is to look for the Energy Star compliance seal of approval. This seal is usually located somewhere on the laptop itself or the box and packaging. Essentially the certification means that the laptop has been created to use up less energy (as much as 30% less) than older bulkier models of yesteryear.
4. Tablet –
It’s stands to reason that because tablets are smaller and lighter than laptops, they stand to use less resources and less energy. The iPad from Apple is perhaps the most notable and popular, however there are many models to choose from and in various price points. From the Kindle Fire HD that Amazon has out to the Samsung Galaxy and Motorola Zoom – there’s a tablet out there for everyone. If you have not yet jumped on the tablet bandwagon, just know that you can use a tablet the same as you would a laptop except its even more portable a device.