Going Green In 2012

With the start of a new year, it couldn’t hurt to take a few new steps with your company. One of those steps should include making your business more eco-friendly.

1. Recycle: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for each pound of aluminum recovered, Americans save the energy resources necessary to generate roughly 7.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity—enough to power a city the size of Pittsburgh for six years.

2. Turn off the lights: Earth Hour happens only once a year, but you can make an impact every day by turning off lights during bright daylight—or whenever you will be away for an extended period of time.

3. Make the switch: A bill in Congress to eliminate incandescent in the United States failed in 2011, but you can still make the switch at home. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) use only 20-30 percent of the energy required by incandescent bulbs to create the same amount of light, and LEDs use only 10 percent, helping reduce both electric bills and carbon emissions.

Any additional tricks you use within your business?

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