When it comes to the health and safety of your employees, not to mention the security of your office, you might be a little lost as to where to begin with your efforts, especially if you’re trying to keep your green sensibilities in mind with every aspect of your operation. For example, you might not be too keen to install a video surveillance system that requires tons of additional equipment (and manufacturing) as well as constant electrical drain. But you can always download the iWatchYou software in order to use webcams already in place to monitor your office; they only capture footage and alert you (via mobile device) when they detect motion, meaning they’re not running full-force 24/7. And there are all kinds of other ways to ensure that your office is a safe and secure environment for you and your staff. Here are just a few eco-friendly options you might want to consider implementing.
- Add plants. Most offices are prone to getting a little stuffy since opening windows can mean letting in dirt, dust, traffic noise, and breezes that knock carefully collated papers off of desks. The result is that most office buildings circulate air via HVAC system. But if you’re looking for a method of cleaning the air that is a bit more eco-friendly than running the AC all day, why not add some plant life to your interior environment? This will not only brighten the office and potentially reduce stress, but it will also ensure that energy-boosting oxygen is filling the air while carbon dioxide is being absorbed. And plants can also remove all manner of toxins from the air, making it all the more safe and breathable.
- Install CO sensors. If you happen to live in a place where heating is a necessity for part of the year, then chances are you have a gas furnace in your building. Any time gas lines are present you have the potential for carbon monoxide to seep into the air. However, you can combat this “silent killer” (a colorless, odorless gas that is imperceptible to human senses) by installing CO sensors throughout your building. If levels get too high the sensors will alert you in time to save lives.
- Chemical-free materials. You might not think it matters where you buy your desks and office chairs or which brand of paint you use, but so many products these days contain chemical toxins that it’s not a bad idea to see if you can find chemical-free alternatives for your office. You can easily obtain non-VOC paint, and it isn’t too difficult to secure organic-fiber carpeting. But what about office furnishings? Here you should seek out items assembled with toxin-free varnishes, adhesives, and so on. And whenever possible, forego plastics.
- Solar-powered floodlights. For the protection of your building and the safety of employees after hours, consider installing motion-sensor floodlights outside your building that are powered by the sun (especially if you live in a sunny area). These will help employees to get to their cars safely after dark and hopefully scare away any would-be intruders when no one is around.
- Smart alarm system. You can definitely go old-school by hiring a locksmith (you can easily find some in your area with www.locksmith.net). But why not take your security system to the next level with an alarm system? And while you’re at it, consider one that allows you to control all things electronic in your office remotely with a smartphone. Vivint and ADT are two companies that currently offer such technology (to varying degrees). And with the right system in place you can tap your iPhone or Android device in order to arm and disarm the alarm, set the thermostat, and power electronic equipment (lights, computers, etc.) on and off with ease from anywhere. This could definitely help you to cut back on energy usage while ensuring that your office is secure.