As more and more people are becoming aware of the great and many benefits that come with making “green” (eco-friendly) lifestyle choices, it is becoming apparent to many individuals that being energy-efficient is the right way to go: at home and at work.
When you’re at the office, being that work consists largely in part of making money, it is definitely wise to do all that you can to incorporate green accounting solutions for running your business.
So, how can you figure out which ones are best for you? The good news is that we’ve done some reading and researching and come up with five solid tips that will definitely make your life easier while doing your part to make the environment that much better.
Get energy-efficient equipment. There aren’t any thriving offices that are without computers, light bulbs and printers. When it comes to being energy-efficient, one of the best things that you can do is purchase items that are marketed as being that way (you can double-check with Energy Star). As it relates to light bulbs, in the daytime, opt for using natural light as much as possible and when you must turn on overhead lighting or a lamp, try going with compact fluorescent light bulbs. Oh, and as it relates to your printer, purchase recyclable cartridges and refill them at a local drugstore like Walgreens when they run out of ink.
Use less paper. Although a lot of us are very aware of the fact that when it comes to resources like paper and plastic that we should make a concerted effort to recycle them, one step that is even smarter is to use less of those resources to begin with. Thanks to the internet and online accounting software such as QuickBooks Pro and Bookkeeper, you can handle a lot of your expenses and filing on your computer; therefore, totally removing the need for a lot of paper usage.
Implement some cloud storage. Speaking of files, thanks to cloud storage websites such as Just Cloud, Zip Cloud and My PC Backup, gone are the days of (and reasons for) needing filing cabinets. You can now upload all of your accounting data onto a digital drive that is fully encrypted and password protected.
Use paper wisely. There may be times when you’ll still need to use paper resources. Just make sure that you only make copies when absolutely necessary, that you print on both sides of the paper and that yes, you recycle.
Go with a green accounting firm. If your company is large enough to where it is overwhelming for you to do your taxes on your own, or you have had a tax refund or two that you know could have been more had you simply gone with an accounting firm, the good news is that there are several accounting companies that make a concerted effort to follow green practices. All you need to do is go to your favorite search engine and put “green accounting firms” along with your city and state in the search field for a list of options.