2010 is here and we are looking at more ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Below are some of the ways the office has changed over the winter in order to make a better world for the future.
BUY RECYCLED PRINTER PAPER
Although Paramount has turned as much of its paperwork as possible into electronic forms, there is sometimes still need to use paper. We now use recycled paper in the office to help combat the waste we still have. We would like to give a great big thank you to those of you that signed up for E-billing last year. Paramount was able to plant 67 trees in Canada and cut our paper waste down from 400 plus sheets and 200 plus envelopes a month down to under thirty for both. If you have not already joined our E-billing please feel free to open up an email account and start now. One of us cannot change the future of the world but all of us together can!
WATCH YOUR THERMOSTAT TEMPERATURES
Paramount has always had the office temperatures between twenty-one and twenty-two degrees and we have made an earth friendly decision to lower it to nineteen degrees. Some of us will have to wear a sweater (ladies) but we feel it will help a tiny bit, and every tiny bit counts.
USE RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES
Paramount has invested this winter in some new equipment that is run by rechargeable batteries. Furthermore, this equipment no longer runs on gasoline and therefore helps lower our carbon footprint.
PUT YOUR COMPUTER IN SLEEP MODE AND TURN IT OFF WHEN ITS NOT BEING USED
Our Burlington office has a total of 7 computers, a server, and numerous printers and copiers. All of these have been set to go into sleep mode after ten minutes of downtime. We have also installed powerbar systems so that each night we can shut down all our equipment to make sure nothing except the server is drawing power. If the server receives no power then there would be no bills for clients- wait...that is a good thing in your eyes?
CONNECT A RAIN BARREL TO YOUR DOWNPIPE
At the end of the season this year, the landscape construction team ripped up the office sprinkler system and installed a system that will primarily run off the three rain barrels we have hooked up to the building. Water conservation means cheaper water bills; so who can complain?
RECYCLE YOUR OLD TONER/ INK CARTRIDGES
This is something that we put into play years ago but never really realized the impact that it had until an employee brought a paper clipping in explaining the waste per year that companies have when it comes to ink cartridges. This falls under 2010 because this was an eye opener to find out we throw away 350 million cartridges per year in North America.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF REBATES, GRANTS AND OTHER INCENTIVES TO MAKE YOUR HOME MORE ECO-FRIENDLY
I hope everyone used the $10,000 home renovation tax credit. I know most of us did in the office. *note: discounts are non-cumulative and not applicable with any other offer.