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May 1, 2014

How Technologies Help Businesses Be More Eco-Friendly

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There are many keys to running a successful business. In the world today, however, one of the vital things for success, to which many businesses are turning, is being eco-friendly. Being eco-friendly can accomplish many things. It can help to save money, it can make a business more sustainable, and it can present a good corporate image to those who want to support an eco-friendly business. There are many different things for a business to implement that may be considered eco-friendly. A smart company will choose those methods that best reflect their business ideology to help them be more successful.

One thing the various eco-friendly business methods have in common is the increased dependence on technology. Advancements in technology make it easier for businesses to accomplish becoming environmentally-friendly.

Renewable Energy

The use of alternative energy sources is one of the first things people think about when they are looking for eco-friendly ideas. The use of solar power, wind power, and other renewable energy sources is gaining in popularity as technology makes them more economically feasible.

The key to using these types of energy are the many advances in technology in recent years. The cost of solar power used to be more than $100 per watt to produce and, today, the cost has dropped to around $5 per watt. The costs of other renewable energy sources have decreased in similar fashion. Besides being good for the planet, it makes economic sense for a business to use alternative sources of energy.

Green Meetings

Businesses must, occasionally, hold meetings for their employees and their customers. Thanks to new technology, the methodology by which meetings are held has changed. There is no longer a need for anyone to travel to other distantly located offices. There is no need for a business to spend money on gas, lodging, airfare and other expenses that are required when holding meetings with people from other cities, states, or even countries.

Teleconferencing and video conferencing are replacing traditional meetings. Businesses gain many advantages by conducting an online meeting or using a FREE phone conferencing service, such as:

  • No expenses for travel.
  • Video conferences require less time.
  • More people can join in on a video conference.
  • They are considered a greener way to do business.

Video conferencing and video conferencing online is effective for any size business. It is something to which more businesses are going to adapt, and it is one of the important ways technology allows businesses to be more eco-friendly.

Recycling

The idea of going green by implementing a recycling program is not new. Companies have always worked to find ways to recycle various products. Technology has made it easier for companies to recycle more than ever before. It has become much more cost effective to recycle products and, thanks to technology, it is more efficient. Recycling old products is only one way a business can be more eco-friendly in this area. Other ways include:

  • Many companies are now turning to recycled products, such as paper and other supplies their businesses need to operate.
  • Encouraging recycling by placing bins into which employees can place recyclable materials rather than throwing them in the trash.
  • Finding ways to reuse old products instead of disposing of them. These businesses are trying to create new ideas for their old products.

Businesses are going green for many different reasons. It is important that businesses be more eco-friendly as the planet keeps changing. If companies want to have a place to operate in the long-term they need to make sure they help to take care of the environment.

While it is nice that a business will go green to save the planet, they also have many financial incentives to do so. They will save money on energy costs and if they conduct online meetings, they will also save money. That can help companies be more profitable. With a good marketing plan they can let potential customers know of their efforts and that can lead to even more business. It makes sense for companies to be eco-friendly.


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Peter Davidson works as a senior business associate helping brands and start ups to make efficient business decisions and plan proper business strategies. He is a big gadget freak who loves to share his views on latest technologies and applications.

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