Energy consumption on a global scale is at an all-time high – that’s why it’s important to think about upgrading to a “green” standard. Not just for your life, but for your business as well.

Upgrading to green helps your bottom line (your pocket) in the long run.

• Conserving resources? Check.

• Cutting down on waste to save money? Check.

• Increasing your profits by reducing said waste? Double-check!

There’s no shortage of green advocates that burn to preserve the planet. After all, we live here, right? And we want our great-great-grandchildren to live here, too.

The following are some simple ways you can implement energy-saving, money-reducing, world-helping methods into not just your life, but also your business.

Plus, your customers and clients will appreciate this since we all love being thought of as responsible and Earth-friendly. These tips are:

#1. Go Local

When you’re in the market for new suppliers – go with those who accept mailed packages for reuse; greener is better. It’s also standard practice — in the quest for becoming environmentally conscious — and logical.

If your suppliers and providers travel longer distances just to get to you, the more energy, gas, and time is spent. This is not good at all.

Going local doesn’t help just the environment – it helps people in your community. People you know – and trust.

#2. Not Using It? Shut It Off!

Turn off equipment when it’s not being used. This can reduce the energy used by 25 percent. Turning off the computers at the end of the day can save you an additional 50 percent and not to mention saving your company over $2.8B.

Believe it or not, something as simple as turning off all computers in the office when the cleaning crew comes in for the graveyard shift saves up to 50% energy.

This is because most offices (and buildings) never turn off their equipment. Aside from turning off your equipment when not in use, switching to energy efficient equipment is a huge advantage to your bottom line.

Which, down the line, should be reducing your carbon footprint.

#3. Switch to LED Immediately!

Are LED lights more expensive? At the outset, yes. But LEDs have shown to last monumentally longer than regular bulbs AND CFLS (compact-fluorescent), and use an incredible amount of less energy.

Let’s do the math on this for a bit. Math is boring, I know but when it comes to keeping money in…