Author: Serges Lariviere

Disabling Cartridge Protection On HP Printers That Use the 61/62 and 63 Cartridges

When trying to use remanufactured ink cartridges with HP 61/62/63 Cartridges, the best solution is to disable Cartridge Protection. If you later wish to verify that a cartridge labeled as a Genuine HP product is actually genuine, you can always re-enable the feature, though I really don’t understand why HP has this feature on their printers. I believe anyone that has a HP printer and buys ink for it knows if they bought a original HP or a remanuractured one. Just my opinion but the only reason I can think of is to discourage the consumer from buying anything but original HP cartridges. What’s your opinion?

The 61/62 and 63 fit 28 Envy printers and 14 Officejet printers so if your not sure where any of the buttons or features are located we recommend you go to your owners manual and locate them for the specific model you have.

If your printer does not have a control panel these instructions will not work, sorry, talk to HP!

Here are the steps.

1. Click the Start button, and click Devices and Printers.

2. Find your HP printer in the list and double-click it to open the Settings page.

3. Click the text for Estimated Ink Levels under the heading of Shopping Resources. This

will open the HP Toolbox window.

(If your computer does not have this option, skip to the alternate method at the end of this post)

4. Click the tab for Cartridge Protection.

5. Click the radio button next to Disable HP Cartridge Protection.

6. Click the Save Setting button to save your new setting. Then, close the window.

7. You may need to remove and reinstall the cartridge for it to be recognized properly.

ALTERNATE METHOD:

Press the wireless button (or menu option Settings/Wireless) to view status. If the

wireless connection is active the wireless light will be solid blue. If wireless is disabled

see user manual for connection instructions. Note the IP address at the top of screen

(example: IP 192.168.1.999) and type this into address field on browser. This will bring

up printers configuration page. On settings tab select HP Cartridge Protection and

choose Disable Cartridge Protection, then click apply. You also need to disable HP

updates to prevent recurrence this will be under web services tab. Select product

updates and choose off and apply.

 

There you have it, fast and simple. Don’t let a HP rep tell you that your printer can’t use remanufactured cartridges, it’s just not true.

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Firmware Updates and Remanufactured Ink Jet Cartridges

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Firmware Updates Related to Using Remanufactured Ink Cartridges in Your Printer

  When it comes to firmware, updating to the latest version can sometimes make things worse. This is most common in the printer industry, where firmware is used to limit the use of third party ink cartridges. However, if you use third party or remanufactured ink cartridges, you may want to avoid updating your firmware. We advise to thoroughly read any update information and on screen information before confirming any updates. Once you accept the update, only original ink cartridges will work with your printer.

What Is Firmware?

Basically firmware is software that is inserted in a piece of hardware, software for hardware if you like. Although you may think that ink cartridges are just pieces of hardware, inside them is software that is programmed into the memory of the hardware itself.

What’s the Difference Between Firmware and Printer Drivers?

Whereas firmware is installed directly to your printer or ink cartridge, drivers are installed on your PC. Printer drivers are there to help your printer and PC communicate. These updates are not critical to how you can use your printer.

What Does Updating Firmware Mean For My Ink Cartridges?

Manufacturers often release regular firmware updates in order to make sure hardware is kept up to date with new media. In this case, the firmware update locks the ink cartridge meaning it cannot be used again, stopping the cartridge from being recycled and generating more waste to be put in landfills. Usually when an ink cartridge is empty, the cartridge can be remanufactured and turned into a usable compatible ink cartridge. With new updates however, cartridges can no longer be reused.

How Do I Know If My Ink Cartridges Have Been Locked?

Once the update has been done and the cartridges are locked, you’ll see messages such as: “Cartridges locked to another printer”, “Cartridges failed” or “Cartridges cannot be recognized”.

How Can I Avoid This Update?

We advise to thoroughly read any update information and on screen information before confirming an updates. Once you accept the update, only original ink cartridges will work with your printer.

TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS!

How Do I Disable Cartridge Protection?

Press the wireless button (or menu option Settings/Wireless) to view status. If the wireless connection is active the wireless light will be solid blue. If wireless is disabled see user manual for connection instructions. Note the IP address at the top of screen (example: IP 192.168.1.999) and type this into address field on browser. This will bring up printers configuration page. On settings tab select Cartridge Protection and choose Disable Cartridge Protection, then click apply. You also need to disable updates to prevent recurrences this will be under web services tab. Select product updates and choose off and apply.

How Do I Disable This Feature?

To disable this feature to be able to use remanufactured or refilled cartridges please use the following steps.
1. Click the START button, and click DEVICES and PRINTERS.
2. Find your printer in the list and double-click it to open the settings page.
3. Find the Printer Assistant tab and double-click it.
4. Click the text for Estimated Ink Levels under the heading of SHOPPING RESOURCES. This will open the Toolbox window.
5. Click the tab for CARTRIDGE PROTECTION.
6. Click the radio button next to the DISABLE CARTRIDGE PROTECTION.
7. Click the SAVE SETTINGS button to save your new setting. Then close the window.
8. You may need to remove and reinstall the cartridges for them to be recognized properly.

What Do I Do If I Already Did The Firmware Update?

Is to uninstall your printer and reinstall it. When reinstalling your printer it gives you an installation agreement. Under the installation agreement you have the option for more info. Under this section you can uncheck Internet Connection Usage and uncheck Auto Software Update. This will not allow them to automatically update your printer.

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Landfills and the K-cup, A Disaster in the Making

Keurig K-cup, Coffee, Recycle, Biodegradable, So let’s see if I got this right. In the far distant past if one wanted to have a fresh brewed cup of coffee he would go to the pantry, pull out a bag of ground coffee and measure out the correct amount of grounds for the number of cups he wants.

Put a filter into the basket and into that pours his grounds. Then measures and pours the correct amount of water into his coffee maker and turns it on. 10 min later he gets his coffee.

Now all of this takes maybe 5 minutes, 10 if you’re slow like me. While the coffee is brewing you do other things to get ready for work or whatever it is you do in the morning.

I don’t see this as a huge hassle and besides that wonderful coffee smell is half the experience. Well it seems a guy by the name of John Sylvan who invented the K-cup back in 1992 thought this routine was just too tedious. His goal was to create “a better, more customizable and liberating caffeine experience than the tepid office percolator”. I still don’t understand what that means but that was his reason for inventing the K-cup. Like the old saying goes, seemed like a good idea at the time.

Fast forward to 2016 and we find ourselves under a virtual mountain of these damn cups. Come to find out there not even biodegradable, now that’s just plain irresponsible in this day and age, even back in 2006 when these things really took off it was extremely short sighted on the part of the manufacture.

“But their popularity has created an even bigger problem: a mountain of used, non-recyclable plastic cups ending up in landfills. According to Halifax, Nova Scotia-based filmmaker Mike Hachey, who has made K-Cups the target of his crusade, there could be as many as 60 billion of them in landfills. Hachey started a website Kill the K Cup to track the activities of Keurig Green Mountain and, to raise awareness, he’s made an over-the-top horror video in which a monster made of K-Cups attacks helpless young urbanites. “Kill the K-Cup before it kills our planet,” the film proclaims.”  – EcoWatch.com, “Kill the K-cup Before It Kills Our Planet”

Now here’s the dig, other companies do make biodegradable compostable pods, but the Keurig 2.0 has a digital rights management system that rejects pods made by rival companies.

This sounds eerily like the aftermarket ink and toner industry which I’m a part of. They installed a similar system in their printers that can detect if the cartridge is a aftermarket thus rendering it unusable. This takes away a choice that the consumer has a right to, mainly once they buy a piece of equipment they should have the right to use any aftermarket product they want.

But that story is for another article. The point is the Keurig K-cup is currently only about 5 percent recyclable; the rest is made from No. 7 plastic which can’t be recycled. As of 2013 it was reported that Keurig Green Mountain Coffee produced enough coffee pods to wrap around the equator 10.5 times. Keurig did say they are working on the problem and are committed to fixing it by 2020 which as of 2015 gives them time to produce enough cups to circle the Earth 52 more times. Does it really take that much time to solve this man made disaster?

I just can’t for the life me understand how a business in good conscience can willing produce a product that can’t be recycled, and then admits there is a problem but it will take them at least 5 years to fix it. Looks to me like profit trumps common sense again. I must admit though in their defense at the time of this writhing they are really trying to solve this problem. If you visit their web site  it states that they are now using a plastic called #5 Polypropylene plastic which is much more recyclable than the old material they were using.

The best solution at this point is to ensure what you are buying is made from the new #5 Polypropylene material, if its not don’t buy it. This will send a message to Keurig that the consumer insist on bio gradable products. Make sure that your community’s waste recycling center can process this type of plastic.  If after looking into this new material you are still not comfortable with using these K-cups how about just going back to making coffee using a good old drip coffee maker!

What are your thoughts on this? Do you own a Keurig machine? Did you know the problem these cups are causing to our already strained eco –system? Would you stop using this machine as a sign of protest until Keurig came out with a bio-degradable version?

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Worlds First Plastic Fishing Company!

Cleaning up our waterways, Recycling Plastic bottles
Courtesy of Plastic Whale Project in Amsterdam

Fishing for Plastic, who the heck would want to fish for plastic? A group of people based out of Amsterdam have come up with what I consider one of the best darn ideas I have seen in a long time. It’s so simple you wonder why no one has thought of this before. There name: Plastic Whale, get it? Like hunting whales but they are hunting for plastic, genius.

OK, so here’s the business model, first the company fishes out plastic bottles and other plastic debris from the city’s numerous canals using simple nets and their hands, what ever works. Second, when enough of this trash is collected the plastic is transformed into material to make a boat. Holy Christmas what a great idea, but that’s not where it stops. Third, and this is the genius, the new boat is used to fish for more plastic bottles & trash that in turn will build more boats!

If this catches on it could turn into a monster of a business. Imagine if other countries started doing this and the boats got big enough to go out to sea.

Their goal, to rid the world’s waters of plastic pollution. It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic trash is entering our waterways annually. My question is with all of the awareness out their of the harm plastic does to our environment who the hell is indiscriminately throwing plastic trash of any kind into our waterways?

The founder and captain Marius Smit is up to the task and states that he not only envisions a world of plastic-free waters but also a world where people understand that everyday trash, such as plastic bottles can be transformed into “a valuable raw material”.

This statement resonates with the efforts of Keller Slater who is taking the same concept but instead of turning plastic bottles into boats he is retriving discarded fishing nets and turning them into clothing. This same clothing can then be recycled and turned into clothing again. Hell it seems like these pioneers are on to something.

Since 2010 Plastic Whale has fished out more than 50,000 plastic bottles and over 10,000 kilos of various waste from the canals of Amsterdam according to Smit.

They have seven boats so far all made from recovered plastic and even give businesses and individuals plastic fishing tours, how cool is that.

Smit does not stop there, Plastic Whale takes the bottle caps and create beautiful mosaics on the floors of the boats. He started another company WasteBoards which makes unique skateboards from bottle caps.

His take on plastic and what he wants everyone to learn is plastic should not be regarded as valueless waste, but as valuable raw material. “The root of the problem, as we see it, is that people regard plastic as a disposable. We try to change people’s perceptions” Smit states.

All this indiscriminate discarding of plastic into waterways has caused a global problem in our oceans called “Plastic Soup” which is poisoning our sea life. It must stop and I believe Smit is on to something.

Knowing and understanding the problem is the first step. Be aware of what you are doing with your plastic when your done. Find out where to get it recycled responsibly. Support efforts like Marius Smit and maybe you could even start something in your state or country.

Bottom line, be part of the solution, not the problem. Whatever you do don’t throw any plastic into any water way thinking one bottle or one plastic bag won’t make much of a difference, it does.

We would love to hear from you and any ideas you have to stem the flow of plastics into our oceans or maybe you have seen or heard of someone else helping to solve this issue in a new way that you could share with the rest of us.

 

 

 

Where Does All of Our Electronic Waste Go?

We use our smart phones, our laptops, smart watches and all of the other tech gear out there and then when it fails or we just want to upgrade what do we do with the old equipment? Well if we are honest about it, most of us will put it in a closet or drawer and forget about it. Then at some point we rediscover these items and decide to just throw them out in the trash.

But some of us do the right thing and bring it to a recycling center. Have you ever wondered where a lot of this E-waste ends up?

Bit Rot said “About 80 percent of the e-waste produced in developed countries (North America and Europe are on the top of the list) is not disposed of in these countries, but shipped, most of the time illegally, to developing countries on cargo ships, where it is illegally disposed of.”

 

As our insatiable appetite for better & faster electronic gadgets grows the mountains of toxic trash continues to increase poisoning people and planet alike. The trash is not just old Blackberry’s and MacBooks, but includes old refrigerators, televisions, toys and more. Think of it in terms of if its electronic it’s sure to become outdated and thrown out to be replaced with newer, faster & better stuff.

 

Most of this e-waste is finding it’s way to countries like India, China and some African regions. “It is hazardous waste, containing dozens of substances dangerous to human health and the environment; it is hard to be sustainable disposed of and it needs a costly processing technique to make it recyclable” says Bit Rot.

 

Some illegal electronic waste does occur in the U.S.  but the appeal of sending e-waste overseas as always comes down to cost and fewer regulations. It seems we never learn and are always taking mother nature for granted. There was a time in the U.S. that businesses would just dump all of their waste into the nearest stream or river. In many cases the pollution was so bad we are still feeling the effects to this day. This has all but stopped but we are faced with basically the same scenario but instead of dumping pollutants into our own rivers we dump our e-waste into someone else backyard.

 

According to a 2013 United Nations report China is “grappling with the reality of an estimated 20 percent annual rise in domestically generated e-waste combined with a role as one of the planet’s primary dumping grounds for global e-waste—a massive environmental, social and economic burden.”

There’s a town in China called Guiyu that has become a major e-wastebasket. Workers burn or process tech gear with hydrochloric acid to recover valuable metals like copper and steel. In the process, it releases toxic heavy metals like lead, beryllium and cadmium into the environment. This has released hydrocarbon ashes into the air, water and soil thus polluting them in China.

Just about all of the salvaged junk ends up back in our homes according to one e-waste worker that CNN spoke to. The plastic gets sold to Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that manufactures products for many global electronics companies such as Apple, Dell and Hewlett-Packard.

“The commercialization process and the capitalistic valorization created a true ‘waste economy,’” Bit Rot observed. “This extends the logic behind profit and exploitation even to those scraps that it had produced, creating a never ending cycle that profits from its own death.”

This has become a worldwide problem that is going to take everyone’s participation to solve. The UN’s Step Initiative is tackling the world’s behemoth e-waste crisis. EPA spokeswoman Liz Purchia told U.S. News: “serious concerns about unsafe handling of used electronics, especially discarded electronics or e-waste, both domestically and overseas, that results in harm to human health and the environment”.

Here at home you can learn how to responsibly dispose of your tech gear by reading EcoWatch “Are You Making These 7 Common Recycling Mistakes” . You can also find out if there is a e-cycling center near you by following the link.

If we all do our part I believe we can make a difference.

One way to help stem the flow of e-waste is to buy remanufactured ink and toner cartridges for your printers. This industry recycles and remanufactures empty ink and toner cartridges thereby extending the life of these products. When you buy remanufactured products of any kind you are effectively keeping these recyclable products from ending up in the e-waste dumps of the world.

Before running out and buying the latest and greatest new tech gear is it possible to just upgrade what you have? Many times you can get the same results you are looking for by upgrading saving you hundreds of dollars and again helping to stem the flow of e-waste into our environment.

Now it’s your turn, what’s your idea on how we can all help with this global problem?

 

 

Biodegradable Plastics, Really Biodegradable?

So what’s the real scoop on this fantastic new product called Biodegradable Plastics that the manufactures are talking about? Is it really biodegradable? Does it really break down into harmless particles? Is it really the answer to the huge global problem that plastics have become to our environment?

When I first heard about this I thought to myself, wow finally someone comes up with a plastic like material that will break down in the environment. What a wonderful idea. Not so fast. Just with a little digging I find out this stuff does not break down as advertised and in some cases is even worse than the original plastic.

Conventional plastic takes a long time to break down. The problem is it never really breaks down and just melts away into nothing. It actually just keeps breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces into what is called microplastics and ends up in every nook and cranny of our eco-system including us after we eat fish that have ingested it. 

A report released by the United Nations looked into these so-called biodegradable plastics and it ends up the reality does not match the hype. When you read the fine print you find out that these plastics require long-term exposure to high temperatures around 122F, like those found in large municipal composters to actually break down. Problem here is there seems to be only about 100 facilities nationwide that will accept these “biodegradable” plastics according to a report by Mother Earth News.

So manufactures are making a product that they claim is biodegradable that is not. The BS just never seems to end. Think about it, if most of our municipal waste treatment plants will not accept this material for composting what the hell is this stuff?

The bigger question becomes where will it end up if not at the recycling centers? They will either end up in landfills that do not have high temperatures of 122 degrees or higher or in our oceans. To add insult to injury once these plastics are in our oceans the water actually reduces UV and oxygen exposure so they degrade even slower than they would on land.

No matter what the label states these so called biodegradable plastics will be around us for a very long time.

When all is said and done these so called Biodegradable Plastics are actually less recyclable than regular plastics and they can contaminate the feed of recycling plants. According to Peter Kershaw, one of the authors of the UNEP study: “If you’re recycling plastics you don’t want to have anything to do with biodegradable plastics because if you mix biodegradable with standard plastics you can compromise the properties of the original plastic.”

It seems this is just another example of some industries “greenwashing” a product so it sells. Unless they can make a biodegradable plastic that actually degrades under regular conditions and fairly rapidly without causing problems in standard recycling plants I’m guessing this product is not the answer to our plastic problem. In my opinion they should just be taken off the market because they are creating a whole new set of problems.

Why would any industry go through the time and cost of creating a product that will only add to the problem of global waste at a time when we are trying to reduce harmful products from our environment? Of course the simple answer is to make money but at what expense to our habitat and living conditions. 

I’ts nice to make money but at what expense. In the end these plastics will affect everyone including the CEO’s of these company’s. That means their family members will be eating fish that ingested plastic and the beaches they go to will eventually have plastic trash on them. Wouldn’t it make more sense to spend the time and energy in inventing a real biodegradable plastic? Who ever comes up with this will corner the market and make a gazillion dollars.

Could you be the one that comes up with that idea??

 

Introducing The New Epson Eco-Tank Printers

We are all quite familiar with the constant complaining about how expensive it is to print with a ink jet printer. How this business model is an exact duplicate of the old razor blade style of doing business. In this model you design a product that requires a replacement unit of some kind to make it function. The original guy that came up with this actually gave away the razor in the beginning with one free razor blade. After that the customer had to buy a replacement blade, that’s where the money is and the ongoing sales.

Here’s a shocking fact, the HP 60XL black cartridge holds about half an ounce of ink and cost $42.99 retail. So if you pay that for half an ounce and there are 128 ounces in a gallon that figures out to $11,005 per gallon! Now that’s insane anyway you look at it. Complaining about gas being at 3 or 4 dollars a gallon seems trivial when compared to this.

If that’s not bad enough a Consumer Report states that as much as 50% of the ink in a cartridge never makes it to the paper! It’s used to clean print heads and for other maintenance chores. Imagine filling your gas tank and your car uses 30 to 40% of the gas for other chores instead of making your car go. We’d all be up in arms.

This is great for the printer companies but really sucks for the rest of us. Epson it seems has seen the light or maybe is just listening to its customers. Or maybe some of it’s executives couldn’t sleep at night knowing how bad they were fleecing us. I doubt it but hey it’s a good thought.

Introducing the new Epson EcoTank set of printers. This is a radically new departure from the razor blade way of doing business and our hats are off to Epson. It’s not every day you see a large corporation take a new direction that is actually good for the consumer.

Instead of the small expensive ink jet cartridges that we are all familiar with, Epson has opted for entire ink bottles. When the ink tanks run out you simple fill them again with ink. This is so cool and so easy you wonder why nobody has thought about it before. Oh yea, that’s right because they were making a gazillion dollars selling us the tiny cartridges.

Epson is claiming that one fill should last the average user two years, holy Christmas that’s unbelievable. Now the printer themselves will cost more than the ones your used to but the savings you realize on the inks far offsets the printers cost.

Epson is offering five different models, from the small ET-2500 for personnel use or small office to the heavy duty, high volume business model the WF-R4640. All of these printers are pretty impressive on just about all fronts. All five of these printers are “All-in-One” machines, that is ther’re also color copiers and scanners and all are wireless.

The ET-2500 and the ER-2550 includes enough ink to print up to 4,000 pages in black and 6,500 in color. The ET-4500 and the ET-4550 comes with the same amount of ink but with more features than their smaller brethren.

Now for the beast, the WF-R4640, this puppy comes with enough ink to print 20,000 pages and 20,000 pages color, now that’s impressive. It can print 20 ppmn (pages per minute) in black or color. 500 sheet capacity, 2 sided printing, copying, scanning and faxing plus a 35 page auto document feeder. I wonder if it can make you a cup of coffee in the morning?

So lets look at the numbers. The starter model, the ET-2500, costs $380. It comes with enough ink for 6,500 color pages.

On a comparable $70 inkjet printer, you’d need about 20 sets of $40 ink cartridges to print that much. So the economics look like this:

Cost for 6,500 color pages:

EcoTank printer + ink: $380

Standard printer + cartridges: $870

If you take the printer’s price out of the equation and look only at the ink, the savings get even better. A replacement set of EcoTank bottles goes for $52. (You can buy them individually for $13 each.) That’s another 6,500 pages.

Ink cost for 6,500 color pages:

Epson bottles: $52

Cartridges: $800

The comparison holds about the same for all the models! The savings are huge and of course you are not stuck with throwing the empties into the trash which is a big no no for us.

the only downside I can see to these printers is that you have to manually refill the ink tanks Vs just installing another ink jet cartridge but this is not really a big deal. You will have to refill them on average once a year unless your printing like crazy but let’s face it, how hard is it to uncap a bottle and fill it up?

If your looking for a solid printer that is a multi-functional, prints in color, ink last a good 12 months and can save you hundreds a year these Epson printers could just be what you are looking for.

 

10 Tips To Help You Green Your Office

Going green is fast becoming a way of life for many of us at home but how often do we think of the offices where we work? If you haven’t really given it much thought now’s a good time to start. It’s easy to integrate simple routines into your work day that will help all of us to lessen the impact we have on our Eco-system. Contrary to the popular belief that going green will cost you more, the reality is you usually will save money in the long run. So let’s take a look at 10 simple ways to go green in the office.

 

1 – Shut down Computers & Printers When Not Being Used

Just about all of us in just about every business now use computers; it has become our central tool. We all too often forget how much energy these machines use and leave them on. Optimize the energy settings on these and other devices can save a lot of energy over the long run. You can set computers to their energy saving settings while using them and shut them down when you leave for the day. Don’t be fooled by the “standby” setting, the unit will continue to draw power in this mode. Don’t forget the printers, same thing, turn them off when leaving but remember to power down ink jet printers because they need to seal the cartridges. Let’s make this easy, put everything you use at your desk on a power strip and just push one button when leaving and your done!

2 – Go Paperless Wherever You Can

Even though we sell Eco-friendly ink and toners for printers we don’t pull any punches and will always give you the best thing you can do for the environment. You should go digital where ever this makes sense for you. There are plenty of ways to go digital now with products like Dropbox (make this a link). By using this product you can save just about everything you used to print and store in a file cabinet in electronic form. Anyone in the world that has access to the product can open the files contained within.  Depending on the settings you chose other members of your team can view them, edit them and add or delete files.  Using software like this you not only save on paper but also on office space because you greatly reduce the amount of filing cabinets you need. One other piece of software that helps on saving paper is a product called Greenprint  (make a link to this)which helps to eliminate blank pages from documents before printing.

3 – Choose a Font That Saves on Ink

Your first reaction may very well be like mine, how much can just changing fonts save me. It can save a ton! A company called Ecofont has a product that can save you up to 50% on printing cost. Ecofont leaves small holes in each font that is not visible to the naked eye thus saving on ink. There is also other options you can choose that saves paper by printing without unnecessary images or printing only small selections from a long email conversation. Saving 50% on any line item cost in your office is a big deal by anyone’s standard. They offer three versions, Home Edition, 3-Pack and Enterprise edition. This is probably the easiest and most cost effective way to save paper, ink, and money in your office.

 

4 – Use Smart Power strips

The use of Power Strips on all of your equipment will help to curb the “Phantom Load” which can save you a surprising amount on your electric bill. Just shutting off your laser printer when you’re not using it, for example, could save you as much as $120 annually. Imagine if you have a fleet of laser printers and you did this to all of them, the savings can really add up

5 – Electricity Monitor

Go to your local hardware store and get an Electricity Monitor. Some local libraries will even loan you one so you can see where the energy hogs are in your office. Again for just a few dollars you could very easily save hundreds every year.

6 – Switch to LED Light Bulbs

This is an obvious one but it’s so important it belongs in the top 10 ways to green your office. Change those light bulbs to the new LED light bulbs. They give the same light for less than one-quarter of the electricity and can last for up to 20 years. Yes they do cost more than a standard light bulb but how long do they last? This one is really a no brainer.

7 – Buy less stuff!

Reduce, re-use and recycle. This is a tough one for many of us but by buying less we are helping to lower our carbon foot print. All the products we buy have to be manufactured somewhere and where there is manufacturing you can bet there is some form of pollution going on.

8 – Avoid Unnecessary Printing

Only print what you absolutely need to. If you really take a look at what you are printing you may be surprised at how much you print a week and then toss the printed material in the trash. Any web page or document can be saved to your computer or in one of many cloud based services.

9 –Choose Eco-friendly office supplies

Before buying office supplies the next time take a few minutes and see if there is an alternative that you can buy that is Eco-friendly. There still seems to be a misconception out there that if you go green it will cost more, that is not always the case.

10 – Repair Your Computers

Repairing your computers is a great way to go green and save you a ton of money. Our generation seems fixated on always having to buy the newest and the fastest. It’s amazing the upgrades that can be installed on computers to being them back to better than new condition and run faster to in many cases for much less than it would cost you to buy new.

We truly hope some of these suggestions will get you going on the path to a greener office and as always we would love to hear from you on how you have taken steps to go green in your office. The way I look at it if we all share our ideas it makes it easier for all of us.