Over the past decade going green has become such an integral word in the business vernacular it’s easy to forget what it means. Going green is all about saving resources and conserving energy which will help the environment and drive business costs down at the same time. Keeping that in mind, here are seven applications and programs any business can start using immediately to start their own green movement.
Google Docs allows business to share documents with everybody in the company at once. It eliminates the need to print documents out and distribute them and even takes less processing power than emailing a document to a massive distribution list.
A traditional business desk always conjures an image of many bright yellow post-its littered over the desk, wall and computer monitor. Evernote allows users to type notes to themselves and access them from any device, eliminating the need for notepads, notebooks and the pile of post-its that end up in the garbage.
GoToMeeting allows people to meet with one another wherever they are in the world. This will allow a business to meet with clients across the country without having to travel and allows employees to work from home once or twice a week. This will ultimately cut back on frivolous travel and wasted fossil fuels.
eFax is an application service that allows you to access your faxes from any computer or mobile device. Faxes no longer have to be received and printed, they can be viewed on screen and filed electronically. This will save the use of paper, ink and energy.
Cardcloud allows a businessperson to send and store virtual business cards. Stored business cards may be linked with online social network profiles or emails, organized and allow for individual notes. The most convenient aspect of Cardcloud is that sending a virtual business card can be done via the app or email and the recipient doesn’t need to have the app to receive the card.
6.Smart Thermostat Programs
Smart thermostat software can be an investment but it is a worthwhile one. Honeywell’s software, for example, allows users to program a thermostat from a computer, mobile phone, or tablet. It offers flexible programming and scheduling options, alerts for extreme temperatures and the ability to adjust the thermostat remotely. The convenience and energy savings will pay for the investment in short order.
WattBuddy is an award-winning application that quickly reads and analyzes electricity usage. It displays daily and weekly usage patterns and will report any anomalies so a business owner can track exactly when electricity is being wasted and where improvements in consumption can be made.
ADP provides automated payroll and tax services that allow billing and electronic invoicing to take less of your time. It allows you to leverage your internal system while outsourcing the often-tedious tax management process. By employing ADP.com’s expertise in employment-related tax compliance and timely processing, you can gain control, help mitigate risks, and help eliminate high-risk/low-reward tasks.
Utilizing the applications and programs discussed above will help a business save a great deal of energy, resources, and of course, money. Some of this technology is easier to implement than others but all of them will put any business on the track to long-term sustainability, which is ultimately what all businesses strive for.