My 5: Louis Hayner, CSO, Alteva
Louis Hayner, Chief Sales Officer for Alteva, responded to our favorite question for the folks we interview. Following is Hayner’s response.
BPGL: What are the five most important things we can do to protect the planet?
- Implement Hosted Technologies.
When a customer chooses a hosted vs. premise-based phone solution for its communications, they contribute to an overall reduction in resources and costs of power and cooling by up to 84 percent. By reducing energy consumption, they reduce the carbon dioxide gas emissions produced as a byproduct of generating electricity.
We estimate that our solutions reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 900,000 pounds per year. This is equivalent to the annual emissions generated in 64 average homes! Additional contributing factors to such hosted-service savings include ability to support home teleworking, video conferencing and remote meetings, less maintenance and site support visits, lower power consumption, money saved on gas, reduced traffic congestion and CO2 emissions pollution.
- Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Statistics show that 90% of the world’s information is still on paper. You don’t necessarily have to implement an electronic filing system, but reducing your carbon footprint can be as simple as reducing your paper usage. Pay your bills online. Cancel any unnecessary magazine subscriptions and junk mail. Make phone calls or send emails in place of handwritten letters when possible. Don’t print out documents unless it’s necessary. By keeping electronic copies or files, you are also saving on your office real estate from having to load up on filing cabinets and/or lease additional off-site storage space.
- Out with the Old
Buy rechargeable batteries. A single rechargeable battery can replace between 50 and 300 throwaway batteries. Regular batteries are not biodegradable and are full of toxic materials. When they are not probably disposed of, old batteries can leak toxic materials. Also, make sure to donate any old items that you are not using anymore to the appropriate venues. This can include car batteries, old computers, cell phones, ink cartridges and paint cans.
Many towns recycle, but many offices do not. Keep buckets or bins around the office and urge employees to recycle their paper, bottles, and cans. If there is a shared kitchen space in the office, make sure to buy products in bulk – there’s less packaging and you’ll save money.
- Conserve Your H20
While bottled water comes in recyclable plastics, why not install a water filter in your kitchen faucet or purchase a pitcher filter like a Brita? You can also save water by taking shorter showers and installing a low-flow shower head and toilet. Also, don’t let the water run while you are brushing your teeth or washing your face. It’s hard to break some of these habits, but it beats breaking the bank!
Chief Sales Officer
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