Did you know there are online tools that can help you save water, reduce energy bills, make greener purchases and reduce your overall ecological footprint?
Industry Canada's Eco-efficiency Tools for Business page can help you find interactive software that can help you shift your business toward sustainability.
Adopting environmentally-friendly practices can help you:
- Establish an environmentally responsible brand image
- Increase your competitive advantage
- Reduce your ecological footprint
- Comply with regulations
- Reduce costs
You can become more eco-efficient by:
- Maximizing energy efficiency
- Reducing material use
- Adopting green logistics practices
- Purchasing from environmentally responsible suppliers
- Using reusable or recyclable packaging
Here are a few examples of online tools that can help you green your business:
ENERGY STAR's Simple Savings Calculator lets you compare the costs of purchasing conventional versus energy-efficient products. You can even calculate potential reductions in greenhouse gas emissions!
Industry Canada's Three Steps to Eco-efficiency (link no longer valid) tool can help you develop a customized program that assesses your current eco-efficiency, helps you plan for the future, and provides a cost-benefit analysis that helps you make the most of your money.
Metro Vancouver's SmartSteps (link no longer valid) program offers guidance on conducting a water audit, creating a sustainable supply chain plan, and calculating the return on investment of your green activities. It also offers smart strategies that identify simple steps that will make a big difference.
These are just a few of the easy-to-use tools available on Eco-efficiency Tools for Business, so check it out and learn how you can save money while making a difference.
To learn more about the benefits of going green, visit our Environment and Business section.