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Turning Your Small Business Into A Green Business



If you care about the environment, and you should, maybe it is time to start turning your business into a more green one. There are some simple ways to be more green and lessen your carbon footprint. Both small and large businesses can benefit from being more green.

If you want to start, it’s pretty easy. Just start with these simple steps.

Get Online

Quit using up so much paper. Don’t print things out, share them using a document sharing service, like Dropbox or Google Drive. These things are great, free, and easy to share with people around the world, and it doesn’t kill any trees.

You can do your taxes all online, and even save your papers to a thumb drive instead of printing them out. Always make sure to backup all of your paperwork though, either on a thumb drive or on a disc.

Start Recycling

If you do have papers and you don’t need them anymore, make sure to recycle, don’t just throw them away. Even if your trash company doesn’t offer recycling you can research a recycling center near you where you can take your papers in.

You may also want to recycle food containers, if you eat at work or your office space is at home. Take some time to look into what is recyclable and what isn’t so that you can sort your stuff out to take in when it’s time to weed through it.

Buy Recycled

When you are shopping for paper products, think about buying recycled items. Then you are putting your money back into earth friendly companies that are green just like you.

Purchase Energy Star

To save on energy and lower your carbon footprint, when you buy electronics and appliances you should look for the Energy Star label. This ensures less energy usage, and a great product as well. Some Energy Star items may be a little more costly, but they are worth it in the savings you’ll get on your energy bills, and the good you’ll be doing for the environment.

Cut Back On Energy Usage

Don’t just use Energy Star appliances, start shutting things down and even unplugging them when they are not in use. Some items draw a significant amount of energy even when they are turned off if you leave them plugged in all the time.

Not only will you be saving money on energy costs, but you may also prevent a fire hazard. Plus, you are doing something good for the environment.

To give more back you may want to consider donating to green technology, or or maybe find a way to give back to your customers that work towards being green. You could even host a fundraiser, in person or online, to raise money to donate to a green company that is struggling.



A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon




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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.

1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.

3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”



IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.

Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.

We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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