How to use green IT without breaking the bank

The good and the bad behind going green

"Since we all moved to e-mail, we're printing more than ever before," said Foulds. "Don't print unless you need to." It's best to use paper that's 100 per cent post-consumer recycled, made white without chlorine processing -- which will cost the same or slightly more than regular paper. Another option is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper -- trees are still cut down, but it's done in a more sustainable way.

Employers can encourage workers to use public transit or car pools, and to use as many reusable supplies as possible, said Foulds. Have a kitchenette stocked with reusable dishes or containers, for example, so if employees are going out for takeaway, they can bring those containers with them. Provide coffee mugs and start an informal ban on disposable coffee cups.

"Your employees are probably looking for ways to be greener at work," she said. "It's another reason why people will want to work for your company."

If you're working out of a home office environment, there are federal and provincial programs for upgrading to energy-efficient appliances. While it's more common in the U.S. at this point, some utility companies offer grants and incentives to go green.

But organizations don't have to overhaul everything overnight. "If you start now, it will become a habit for IT to think about the environment when they're implementing various solutions," says Hay.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Vawn Himmelsbach

ITBusiness.ca

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?