For many businesses, being more eco-friendly has become a dual pronged attack in combating local environmental issues as well as a strongly developed strategic plan for the future of its trade. With more consumers being aware of the environmental impact that all business has on the local and national scale, it’s no wonder that businesses are getting smart.

Small business is not immune to these threats either. From showing that you care for your local area to reducing costs, being environmentally friendly and reducing your carbon footprint can have significant benefits.

So what are the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint if you’re a small business? Here are some ideas.

Switch on Power Save mode

From appliances to computers, power save mode can help reduce your energy bill by up to 30%. Especially handy for offices full of computers and printers!

Laptops for desktops

On the subject of computers, have you considered swapping the later for a laptop? They are up to 80% more efficient which is significant when you start to do the maths.

Go for rechargeable batteries

Disposable batteries are not only wasteful, but they fill the ground with horrible chemicals after discharging over a period of years. Switching to rechargeables can help a business reduce the everlasting carbon footprint on these power devices.

Install water savers

From simple things like tap reduction units to water flow installation devices, water technologies can help businesses save hundreds in a short space of time as well as save a lot of water.

Install a garden/allotment

For many businesses this is just not possible, but a small space of land can do a lot to help your small business reduce its carbon footprint. Planting vegetables and growing produce helps improve air quality by filtering harmful pollutants from the atmosphere but it also helps mentally as well, which can only be a good thing for your business.

Introduce car sharing schemes

For many small businesses, the workforce is usually quite closely connected to one another, so instead of everyone driving in, how about getting a car sharing scheme installed into the operations of the business. It could be twice a week, but even doing so reduces cars from the road and has an impact on reducing the carbon footprint.

Incentivise working from home

Whilst it’s not always possible, getting your staff to work from home once a week or once a fortnight can reduce the carbon emissions required for them to get to work. With time management technologies and things like Skype to connect to one another, it makes it so much easier to sit at home and get connected with the office.

Go Paperless

One of the best ways to do this is by removing printers. That may not be the most practical thing to do however, reducing printouts and making things like payslips go out as emails as well as presentations being viewed on tablets rather than on reams of paper is a sure fire way to reduce paper waste.