7 Things You Can’t Ignore If You Want To Go Green At Work

While DentalXChange offers solutions for your practice to be environmentally cautious in the office, here are seven great things you can do to be more environmentally aware at work.

  1. Open a Window:  Instead of turning on the air conditioning, open a window to let the cool breeze brighten up your office.  A little fresh air goes a long way and saves energy.
  2. Recycle: Have recycle bins around the office so staff can toss paper in the recycle bin instead of the trash can.  If it is feasible, try to get everyone a small recycle bin to make recycling easy.
  3. Electronic Charts:  Though this may be expensive initially, having your patients fill out charts on an iPad is a smart move and it saves paper.  Plus, while not in use for forms, the iPad can be docked to play patient education videos.
  4. BPA Free Cups: Instead of stocking your kitchen with plastic cups, give each employee reusable cups and mugs like these BPA free cups.  You can purchase them at home or sporting goods stores.  Retailers like Starbucks sell reusable tumblers and coffee mugs that make going green easy.
  5. Mind Electricity:  Be cautious about electricity usage at your office.  Whoever leaves last at the end of the day should be responsibly for making sure all the lights are turned off before they leave.  Staff should also be encouraged to turn off computers and printers at the end of the day so they aren’t unnecessarily turned on at the end of the day.
  6. Bring lunch:  This not only helps prevent you from having to drive to lunch but also eliminates all the packaging that inevitably comes with ordered lunch.  Bringing a reusable container from home eliminates waste.
  7. Walk/Bike:  If you live a close enough distance, bike to work!  You can also use your bike to get lunch, or walk while you go on your break to get lunch.
  8. Image courtesy ProFlowers

    Desk Plants:  Bringing a plant to your desk will purify the air in your office to help keep it fresh.  NASA has done many studies that show that certain plants effectively rid the air of carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and benzene.  If you want a pretty, flowering plant, get gerberba daisies.   (Refer to this list for houseplants you can use.)

Here are some appalling facts about pollution and its effect on the environment:

-Each person creates an average of 4.7 pounds of waste daily!
-In 2007 alone, the amount of recycling saved the energy equivalent of 10.7 billion gallons of gasoline, thus preventing the release of carbon dioxide equivalent to 35 million cars!
-By recycling one ton of aluminum cans, we can conserve about 1,665 gallons of gasoline.
Every Year:
-Each person in the US uses about 10,000 sheets of paper
-Enough paper is thrown away to make a 12 foot wall from California to New York

Do you have any suggestions to add to this list?

DentalXChange is committed to going “green.”   In an effort to encourage practices to switch over to an Electronic Data Interchange format and do away with paper, CDA Endorsed Program DentalXChange will plant a tree in the name of each new practice that signs up for the company’s ClaimConnect product.  (read about it here).

The goal: Make practices run smoother and help the environment at the same time.

Going green with ClaimConnect

Have you thought about how you could participate in the movement to go green?  With major cities like Los Angeles banning plastic grocery bags, recycle bins prominently displayed at theme parks and banks increasingly reminding you to opt-in for Online Only Statements, have you thought about what you could be doing to help save trees and go green?

Forests are diminishing worldwide

Each year, Dental Offices mail and fax millions of dental claims for insurance processing.  These claims are printed on paper and sent in paper envelopes, which not only adds to the overhead cost of an office, but reduces the total number of trees, one by one.   According to Convservatree, it’s estimated that one 40 foot tall tree produces 16.67 reams of copy paper. This is the same copy paper the average American dental office uses to print off their claims, patient billing statements, and other important documents.

Save a tree by sending claims electronically

We at DentalXChange encourage you to save trees and go green with us by switching over to ClaimConnect.  ClaimConnect, DentalXChange’s Electronic Claims Processing service, has a direct EDI Connection with almost all major insurance companies, making the transition to electronic claims submission process smooth, and also ensuring a quick turnaround time.

In addition to saving trees, we can also help you keep some of that green! 🙂  Our electronic dental claims rates are about half the per claim rate as other dental clearinghouses, and those that switch to DentalXChange and use the DentalXChange Management Desktop for electronic dental claims  even tell us that their claims are paid much faster.  Give us a try, we always offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, so if you aren’t completely satisfied with us, you get a full refund on the claims sent.

Other services that help you go green: DentalXChange’s partnership with National Electronic Attachment (NEA), the largest dental X-Ray attachment service which scans your claims for codes that require attachments and prompts you to send those electronically rather than through the mail.  DentalXChange offers exclusive promotional pricing for offices that sign up through us.

If you are ready to go green, please give us a call at 800-576-6412 x 467.

Try these Go Green tips at your home or office:

The aluminum can recylce bin in the DentalXChange kitchen

-Ride your bike around town, walk to your neighborhood grocery store, or take public transportation when possible
-Recycle cans, plastic bottles, and other paper products at a recycling center near you (find one here)
-Buy reusable shopping bags to take with you to the grocery store
-Use energy saving light-bulbs