How can your company embrace green computing?
Social and environmental responsibility is a pressing concern for businesses of every size. You probably recycle your paper, donate to charity, use energy efficient lightbulbs and encourage employees to cycle more – but what about green computing?
Computers are cheaper than ever before, and newer models are coming out all the time. As a result, tonnes of outdated computer equipment is sent to landfill sites every year, creating an environmental hazard. But there are a few steps you can take to make your company’s computer policy greener and more efficient.
Buy the best PCs you can afford
Computer technology is constantly being updated, but by investing in the best PCs on the market, you shouldn’t need to upgrade your stock for at least a few years. Make a list of the IT services you absolutely have to have and buy the best you can afford.
Move into the cloud
Cloud computing is already the norm, but most companies could be doing more with cloud services. All those hefty hard drives and bulky batteries are full of potentially toxic chemicals that can wreak havoc on the environment. Store your old data in the cloud instead – if need be, use two cloud service providers so that you have a back-up.
Hire an IT support company which makes green computing a priority
There is no point in making your company computer system environmentally friendly if your IT support is not following suit. NSIS believes that green computing helps both the bottom line and the environment, and we make sure to keep an eye on our environmental footprint in everything we do.
Recycle everything you can
We all know that print cartridges can be recycled, but so can just about everything else. If you absolutely have to dispose of any computer equipment, check out your local recycling facilities first. Many places accept computer batteries, printers, monitors and other technical equipment.
It may seem like a no brainer, but many people simply switch off their computer at the screen and leave work. Instigate a company policy whereby all computers are switched off at the mains when they aren't in use. Your IT company can help to automatically back up your systems, so your employees aren't panicked about losing work.