There is a surprising number of entrepreneurs running businesses from home, and an equally surprising number of entrepreneurs who would like to protect and conserve natural resources. While your company’s success requires a lot of creativity and research, you also need to know how things affect the environment and which decisions can help you make a positive impact.
By taking environmental friendly measures, you can take baby steps in the direction towards running a sustainable home business. While you’re already consuming less energy than your big-industry counterparts as well as causing less damage to the environment in terms of emissions, you can do more to reduce your carbon footprint.
Ready to go eco-friendly? Get inspired by these 3 measures that keep Mother Nature at the top of your agenda.
1. Green Web-hosting
You’ll be needing a hosting provider if you’re running an online business. Did you know that there are hosting providers that apply green initiatives to their daily business practices? Making your domain live via a green web host could reduce carbon offsetting as these hosts power data centers directly via renewable energy.
Eco-friendly web hosts also rely on energy efficient hardware such as power saving servers and low voltage processors to enable their customers to go green. Also, the host may give you a green certificate to add to your website, which would improve your public image. Consumers want to work with companies who care enough to make small efforts to reduce the impact on the environment.
2. Eco-friendly Electricity Options
Although there are regions in the US and Canada where the energy market was deregulated decades ago, utilities are still distributing and transmitting essential natural electricity and gas to residents in these regions. There are a number of competitive energy providers in such regions, but nobody will force you to select one of the plans you don’t have a preference for.
So if you live in such a region, you can look up resources and learn more about natural electricity and green products supply plans. That way, you can power your home by choosing the source of your natural gas and electricity. Also, you have the choice to go with a regulated rate option for your business or home. A regulated rate option applies to residential and small business customers who consume less than 250,000 kWh/year.
3. Green Event Planning
Whether on a large or small scale, meetings and conferences can result in large amounts of waste as well as lead to high consumption of water and energy. Whenever you want to organize an event in an external venue, you can consider the option of using a green event planner, who will use their eco-friendly venues and materials to help you curb the effects that events and conferences have on the environment.
Hosting sustainable events also have financial and reputation-based benefits while inspiring change in the community and raising awareness. For example, it can be a gateway to becoming a thought leader on how to run a home-based company in an eco-friendly manner. Also, to make sufficient impact, you can consider reusing and collecting materials such as signage and table number to cut back on the depletion of environmental resources. Another way to cut back is to reduce printed collateral by using double-sided printing where possible.
Following these eco-friendly tips will allow you to go the extra mile. If you’ve got any additional green tips for home-based business owners, feel free to share them in comments below.