This is a guest post by Bruno Zago, UK&I Environmental Manager at HP
Companies are very much focused on the financial side of things since the downturn a couple of years ago. It’s understandable, really. They want to save money and if that helps the environment, so much the better. The good news is that HP can help you do both. There are two big opportunities:
I always say “trust is good, but control is better.” So it’s good to put up signs asking people to switch of lights and computers etc. when they’re not in use but it’s so much better to use technology, movement-sensitive switches, timers and good power management.
On PCs, you can use HP Power Management software to make sure your computers go to sleep if no one uses them for a set period of time. PCs in hibernation use a fraction of the power of fully-awake PCs, so it’s worth doing this.
On the printing side, you can cut out a lot of unnecessary wastage by enabling double sided or two-pages to a sheet printing (or both). Also, some HP printers allow you to ‘pull a print on demand’ so that nothing gets printed unless the user is actually at the machine to pick it up.
I also recommend HP Smart Print. It’s free software that cuts down the amount of paper you need when you print out a website. It lets you print the stuff you want without all the stuff you don’t (like adverts and links and banners).