Companies can reduce their carbon footprint and also their overall spending just by making some small adjustments. Partnering with a virtual receptionist is one example of an environmentally forward way of thinking in the business setting.

No Brick and Mortar Office = No Energy Expenses

Of the 77% of electricity produced by businesses running daily operations, the most energy-consuming category is office buildings (U.S. Energy Information Administration). Virtual receptionists allow you to save on heating, air conditioning, lighting, office equipment and appliances, and many more expenses that quickly add up.

Paperless Operations

Since the duties of virtual receptionists depend highly on technology, there is very little paper waste. Virtual receptionists conduct their day using email, chat, and traditional or web-based telephone. Cloud technology has also made going paperless easy, with platforms such as Google Docs, Google Calendar, and more. With one solo employee disposing an average of 10,000 sheets of paper a year, virtual receptionists are a valuable option to retain resources.

Employee Commutes Eliminated

Many larger businesses will employ a separate department solely for administrative and receptionist tasks. Depending on the size of the company, this could mean a large chunk of employees are commuting on average 30 minutes or more to and from work each day. For example, if 50 employees commute a total of one hour, this equals 27.35 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per week ( Commuter Calculator).

It’s simple to reduce your company’s carbon footprint by implementing remote business communications. In addition to saving resources, virtual receptionists can help cut spending and convey the image of an environmentally conscious company.