Despite the fact that going green saves you a lot of money, we also all know that it does the environment a huge favor. But are you aware of how much your business may be affecting the environment?

Dummies.com has laid down some examples of how businesses affect the environment. 

You may be surprised by some specific examples of ways the working world damages the environment:

  • Heating and air conditioning systems pump greenhouse gas emissions from offices into the atmosphere and use up vast amounts of electricity. Many buildings aren’t designed to include energy-efficient systems or technology to reduce the amount of heat and air conditioning they use.

  • Many buildings are built from materials that don’t come from renewable sources.

  • Office buildings have a huge appetite for electricity to power lighting, air conditioning, computers, printers, and photocopiers. Equipment may be left on 24 hours a day, seven days a week — even when no one’s working.

  • Offices consume vast amounts of paper. Even with more offices recycling paper, a large amount of paper waste still goes to landfill sites or incinerators.

  • In addition to paper, offices produce a lot of other waste, including equipment (especially computers), because companies regularly upgrade their equipment to stay competitive. Electronics such as photocopiers and computers can end up in landfills, where they don’t break down and, even worse, can leach harmful chemicals into the ground and water.

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