It’s Easy Being Green: How a Cloud Phone System Makes Your Business Environmentally Friendly
Reducing your business’s carbon footprint does more than just help protect the environment for future generations — it also demonstrates your community and social leadership, and helps you impress the growing number of consumers who are choosing eco-friendly companies. For example:
- 81% of consumers feel strongly that companies should help improve the environment. (Source: Conference Board Global Consumer Confidence Survey)
- 50% of consumers consider a company’s environmental reputation as they make product choices. (Source: Shelton Group)
- 33% of consumers choose to buy goods and services from brands who they believe are doing social or environmental good. (Source: Unilever)
And with apologies to Kermit the Frog, these days it’s actually quite easy to be green — and one of the best places that businesses can start or increase their eco-awareness is by switching to a cloud phone system.
Here are 4 key reasons why a cloud phone system makes your business environmentally friendly:
- Reduce Power Consumption
A premise-based PBX phone system consumes a surprising amount of electricity all day, every day. Switching to a cloud phone system measurably reduces energy usage, since voice functions and unified communications converge all run on a single network (the same one that your business uses for transferring files, sending emails, connecting to the web, etc.). Not only does this significantly lower your monthly utility bills, but it also reduces your carbon footprint.
- No Need to Replace the System
Unlike a cloud phone system, a premise-based PBX phone system needs to be replaced every few years for a variety of reasons, such as reaching the hardware end-of-life date, or because the system is at maximum capacity and cannot handle any more users. This is not only very costly, but it is an environmental hazard since it involves digging and installing underground wires, which harms the surrounding ecology. Furthermore, once wires are installed, they gradually seep chemicals into the ground that are virtually impossible to remediate.
- Reduce Paper Waste
Not only have we failed to reach the “paperless office” reality that experts predicted, but in many work environments there is even more paper use — and therefore more paper waste — today than there was a decade ago. A cloud telephone system is part of the paper reduction solution thanks to features like built-in data storage and cloud faxing.
- Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Vehicles, busses, planes and other forms of transportation contributes to greenhouse gas emissions that trap heat and make the planet warmer. A cloud phone system features built-in video conferencing, which reduces the need for business travel since colleagues can easily, instantly, securely and effectively connect face-to-face, but without having to leave their office. It also significantly reduces costs, which is great news for business owners and CEOs. According to Business Travel News’ Corporate Travel Index study, the average cost of business travel — including meals, car rentals, hotels, and incidentals — has surged to a whopping $325 per day. And that doesn’t even include the flight!
To learn more about how a cloud telephone system helps your business “Go Green” — which is good for the environment, good for your customers, and good for your competitive advantage — contact us today at (336) 544-4000.