10 More Green Tips for Freelancers Who Want to Help the Environment
Posted August 16, 2011 by Laura Spencer
Several years ago, we wrote 10 Ways to Green Your Home Office. That post has some really great suggestions for freelancers who want to conserve resources and we got a lot of great feedback from you, our readers. Well, it’s time to revisit the topic. As a freelancer, you may already be consuming less energy than a traditional worker by avoiding the commute to work. But you can do even more. If you’re like many freelancers, you’re ready to do even more to conserve resources and keep your freelancing business green. We’re here to help. In this post, we share ten additional ideas to help you conserve resources. We’ve also listed a few websites where you can learn even more. Ten Tips to Conserve Resources Here are ten more eco-friendly tips to help you conserve resources: 1. Turn it off. Whether it’s a light in a room you’re not in or a piece of office equipment you’re not using, or an appliance in your home–the rule should be: Turn it off. 2. Unplug and save energy. Did you know that many appliances continue to draw power even after they’re turned off? Unplug them when you’re not using them to save power. You’ll save money too! 3. Recyle ink toner cartridges. Many companies remanufacture old printer cartridges and even pay the postage for you to return the cartridge to them. Check with
your manufacturer or local office supply store to see if your printer cartridge qualifies. 4. Donate cell phones, eye glasses, and old computer equipment. There are many things that you may be done with that can still be used by someone else. Items to donate include your old cell phone, your old eyeglasses, and your old computer equipment. (Be sure to delete personal information from your cell phone and computer before you donate them.) 5. Embrace online communications. Send invoices and letters electronically whenever possible. Avoiding printing documents when you can. You’ll use less paper and your office will be less cluttered as well. 6. Adjust the thermostat. Turn the thermostat up in the summer and down in the winter to use less energy. Use fans (in the summer) and dress warmly (in the winter) to stay comfortable. 7. Use eBooks. Not only are eBooks convenient with their instant download feature, but they’re also environmentally friendly. When you choose an Ebook over its paper counterpart, you are using less paper. 8. Keep the snacks in the kitchen. You spend a lot of time in your home office. You may be tempted to add a microwave, coffeemaker, or small refrigerator to your workspace to make it more comfortable. Resist that temptation! All those appliances use electricity. (Plus, you’ll get exercise making the trek to the kitchen.) 9. Plant something. Even if you don’t have a backyard, you can still keep houseplants in your home office. Did you know that having a houseplant around can help to make the air cleaner? 10. Borrow something or share. If you need something only occasionally rather than all the time, consider borrowing it from a friend. If you can’t borrow it, see if you can find another freelancer who would be willing to split the cost with you and share the item.
More Resources Would you like to learn even more about living a green lifestyle and home and at work? Of course, there are many eco-friendly resources available. In this post, we are sharing just a few that you may find interesting. Here are some resources you may wish to check out:
EcoGeek. Keep up with the latest news that impacts the environment. MetaEfficient. MetaEfficient reviews products environmental friendliness and efficiency. for both
SmartPlanet. A site that focuses on technology designed to make the planet a better place. Envirogadget.com. If you’re shopping for a new gadget, be sure to check here to discover how it might impact the environment. The Junk Wave. A blog dedicated to turning junk into something better. The blog also benefits students who are at risk.
Your Turn We’ve shared some suggestions and some resources. Now it’s your turn. What measures do you take to keep your home office green? Share your tips and suggestions in the comments. If you have a green resource to share, you can leave it in the comments also. We’d love to make this post a resource freelancers can come to again and again and you can help by adding your tips. Image by Daniel R. Blume
As a freelancer, you may already be consuming less energy than a traditional worker by avoiding the commute to work. But you can do even more.
If you’re like many freelancers, you’re ready to do even more to conserve resources and keep your freelancing business green.
In this post, you get to have ten ideas to help you conserve resources, such as the following:
1. Turn it off.
2. Unplug and save energy.
3. Recyle ink toner cartridges.
4. Donate cell phones, eye glasses, and old computer equipment.
5. Embrace online communications.
6. Adjust the thermostat.
7. Use eBooks.
8. Keep the snacks in the kitchen.
9. Plant something.
10. Borrow something or share.
A list of a few websites where you can learn even more are as follows:
The Junk Wave