More and more people are becoming environmentally friendly by separating waste, cycling or buying items without plastic. But what does this look like in the professional environment? Many companies cause, especially through high electricity consumption, huge CO² emissions and use a lot of resources. Only 26% of the german companies surveyed have a strategy for green change that they also implement consistently [source: Statista]. But what are suitable strategies anyway? Where can one start? And how much does all this cost? The good answer is: it’s not hard at all to make savings. The even better answer: It even saves money!
Our tips show how it’s done!
If your company has a lot of programs and files running on physical servers, it’s worth considering outsourcing them to the cloud. Through best practice strategies, providers are able to make greater use of their servers while simultaneously saving energy and water. This allows for more efficient use than in-house. In addition, this eliminates the need for in-house server maintenance.
Virtualization of servers
If you do need your own servers and cannot easily switch to the cloud, for example because you are subject to strict data protection guidelines, there is still a way to save resources with servers. The keyword is virtualization. With server virtualization, several virtual instances are created on a physical server that run independently of each other. Applications can then be installed and operated on these instances. This means that the entire physical server does not have to be in operation, but only the required partitions, which in turn leads to a reduction in power and maintenance costs.
Laptops instead of desktop PCs
The positive thing about laptops is not only the guaranteed mobility compared to PCs. In addition, laptops are also designed to save energy so that they don’t break down in the middle of a meeting. Conversely, this means that laptops are more environmentally friendly because they can be used in a more energy-saving way. Thus, making it a true win-win situation.
Secondary use of IT equipment
The lifespan of IT hardware is very long nowadays, but they are often replaced by new hardware before their life cycle even comes close to an end. Since this means that the hardware can still run for a long time, it is worthwhile to turn to “second hand hardware”. Various retailers offer “refurbished hardware” with a warranty. On the other hand, you can of course also turn your no longer needed hardware into money at the retailers instead of throwing it away.
Using multifunction devices
Some printers are quite limited in their functions, and so you need other devices, such as a scanner, to be able to use all the desired functionalities. Here, however, it makes more sense to rely on multifunction devices and thus keep the ecological footprint smaller.
Watch out for environmental seals
When buying new hardware, look for official environmental seals such as the Energy Star or Blue Angel. These seals guarantee a lower impact on the environment through energy savings, ease of repair, as well as environmentally friendly manufacturing.
The paperless office is becoming increasingly popular. Moving away from paper and towards digital documents. The advantage here is that because everything is digitized, documents can be easily made available online to the appropriate people.
If you take these tips to heart, you’ll be well on your way to contributing to environmental protection and taking some of the pressure off nature.
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