Many businesses simply choose to suck it up and carry on when their office equipment becomes out of date. Keen to avoid the cost of upgrading to more contemporary technology, they continue to operate peripherals, computers, and server rooms to the point of failure before investing in new technologies.
However, in addition to being potentially more expensive in the long run, this approach can also have major repercussions for the environment. Here are three areas in which you may wish to take a second look at your outdated office equipment.
Dated equipment in server rooms can be highly inefficient and can be the source of major carbon emissions. Research Data from the International Energy Agency suggests that servers in the United States alone are responsible for around 800 kilograms of CO2 emissions every year. To reduce the carbon footprint of your business, make sure you utilize efficient and effective cooling systems.
The majority of contemporary organizations have sustainability practices and processes in place yet a large portion completely overlook the need for green computing technologies. Older computers and peripherals consume significantly higher volumes of energy than their contemporary counterparts, resulting in some serious energy wastage. Swap your older systems for thin clients, which have
a longer lifespan, consume a lot less energy and are fully recyclable. If you’re really in the dark ages and are still using cathode ray tube (CRT) screens, replacing them with LCD/LED monitors will give you a massive energy saving. However, remember to dispose of CRT monitors using the appropriate channels because they often contain dangerous materials like mercury and lead.
Faxes, printers, photocopiers
Despite the wide availability of paperless technologies, the average office continues to use a massive amount of paper every year. In addition, many of the more traditional fax machines and copiers tend to be left permanently on, wasting huge amounts of energy and producing massive CO2 emissions.
If your business can’t operate without fax functionality, swap your archaic system for a cloud-based offering. This will reduce paper and ink usage, maintenance costs, and electricity consumption.
You can also improve your environmental impact by refilling print cartridges instead of replacing them with new ones. Millions of used printer cartridges are dumped in landfill every year, and each cartridge can take up to 450 years to fully decompose.
Small steps can make a big difference. Every business has a responsibility to help protect the natural environment. Make sure you do your part wherever possible.