Green IT: can your business benefit?

These days, most businesses couldn’t operate without their computers, tablets and smartphones. Technology helps to make organisations more efficient, fast moving and productive. However, these devices can add to your company’s carbon footprint – and commercial energy costs too.

Luckily, there are things you can do to make a difference. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular green IT solutions that can help your company save energy, money and the environment.

Cutting down paper use

Printing wastes a lot of paper, so encourage your employees to think before they press ‘OK’. Consider using –a software package that cuts out printing any unnecessary pages, like those with just a header or footer, or larger images.

Adjusting your settings to print double-sided can make a big difference too. And if you’re doing paper-based promoting, think about making the move to email marketing.

Powering down

During the rush to leave at the end of the day, it’s easy for staff to forget to shut down their PCs. Educating your team to turn off office equipment when they’re not using it, especially over night or at weekends, could save your company up to £35 a year per monitor on business electricity bills.


Must-have technology is always changing, so some equipment quickly becomes obsolete. Since the Waste Electrical and Electronic directive came into force in 2007, it has been illegal to dispose of old equipment to landfill, so you need to dispose of your equipment responsibly. Many IT vendors have their own systems in place – otherwise there are dedicated companies who can tackle this process for you.

Web conferencing

Rather than have your employees add to their carbon footprint with air travel or endless train journeys, web conferencing means meetings can be conducted from wherever your staff are in the world – saving time, money, and helping you to cut nasty carbon emissions.


IT equipment takes up space, and the more hardware you’re using, the more you have to power. Virtualization is the process of converting to virtual systems that run online. Many companies use virtual file storage which cuts down on the need for printing and filing, while virtual hardware allows you to run programmes you’d usually need several computers for on just one device – cutting down the amount of electrical equipment you require and reducing your energy use.

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