5 green business challenges – and how to solve them (Video)

As many West Palm Beach companies have discovered, greening your business operations may be the environmentally responsible and often cost-efficient thing to do but that doesnt make it any easier.

Here are five common challenges faced by local businesses trying to reduce their carbon footprints and solutions from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for getting it done while protecting your bottom line:

Challenge #1: Recycling and Reducing Waste Did you know that the average U.S. office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper per year? In addition to educating employees about recycling and encouraging recycling participation, investigate contracts with your local municipality to collect and recycle high-grade office and corrugated paper. Also donate old and obsolete electronic equipment. For more tips on reducing paper usage click here.

Challenge #2: Conserving Energy in the Workplace Replace standard incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs, which last up to 13 times longer and can save your business up to $40 a year in energy costs per bulb. Also insulate your hot water piping from water heaters to the wall or ceiling pipe and lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 115 degrees. Use programmable HVAC thermostats kept at 78 degrees or higher.

Challenge #3: Green Cleaning and Purchasing Use green cleaning products to eco-clean your office. Select and use multi-purpose cleaners to reduce the number of cleaners used, reduce the number of hazardous products on your office, and save money. Click here for more information from the Responsible Purchasing Network.

Challenge #4: Conserving Water Fact: One drop of water wasted per second wastes nearly 3,000 gallons per year. Help conserve water by vigilantly detecting and repairing leaks. Also retrofit old high-water use toilets and plumbing fixtures with high-efficiency equipment; wash company-owned vehicles less often; and use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

Challenge #5: Green Transportation and Travel Consider renting alternative fuel vehicles for business travel; encourage and reward carpooling to the office or biking; and hold meetings via teleconference and video conferencing.

These are just some strategies for tackling green business challenges. For more cost- and energy-saving tips, click here.

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