Are you going green this holiday season? – By Bob Milliken

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Bob MIlliken
Bob Milliken
Bob Milliken

There has been considerable press surrounding the recent climate change conference in Paris.  I am not going to add to that volume of print other than to make a couple of observations and to link the whole issue of global warming to computers.

Not everyone agrees with the issue of global warming.  And I get that; but there are some that take it to the extreme.  We read with interest that “The Woodland N.C. town council met to ban a solar farm on its land and prevent all future attempts to establish one of these devilish installations. One speaker, a retired science school teacher no less, opposed the green energy project because she claimed it would soak up all the sunlight and kill all of the plants in the vicinity”. Is that so?

What has all of this got to do with computers – you ask?  Lots!  Consider “going green” with your office to not only cut down on waste and environmental pollution, but also save you money on utilities, overhead and IT services.

Use these three simple ways to build your GREEN plan for 2016.

Go Virtual! Desktop virtualization (sometimes called client virtualization) is a process of replacing your expensive, power-sucking computer workstations with a less expensive “thin-client” option. This not only cuts down on the power needed (and your electric bill), but also reduces hardware and maintenance costs because these systems are much easier to maintain. Best of all, you won’t notice any difference in how you use your PC!

 Go Paperless! Why keep printing, filing and shuffling all of those paper documents around when document management systems are so easy and inexpensive to implement? Not only does going paperless cut down on paper and ink (saving you money while cutting down on waste), but it’s also far easier to file, find and share documents. Plus the chances of an important document getting lost or stolen are greatly reduced.

And while we’re at it, if you have to print, consider printing smarter.  Don’t print! – Think before you print and only print what really needs to be printed. Print on both sides of the paper – This can cut your paper consumption by as much as 50% and, as an added bonus, you’ll use less energy.

Go Remote! Working from home, even a day a week, will cut down on gas and emissions. Some businesses are moving to a complete remote workplace where everyone is working from home, saving them a ton of money on rent, utilities and overhead. In fact, we practice what we preach as most of our computer repair and support services are delivered to our clients remotely.

Going “green” in your office and with your computer networks could save you money, increase your productivity and streamline your processes.

 Bob Milliken is the president of Cascadia Systems Group. Connect with Bob at TheITguy@CascadiaSystemsGroup.com, or give us a call – 604.270.1730. Your comments are appreciated –ComputerCents@CascadiaSystemsGroup.com