Material Conservation Tips
- Use eco-materials for all product and food packaging. Packaging materials that are made of recycled and/or compostable non-toxic materials make a difference.
- Recycle glass, metals, paper and cardboard at your business. Contact us for help setting up a recycling system that is simple and helps cut down on your waste costs.
- Switch to reusable transport containers.
- Consider the 1:1 Movement Straw Pledge: Commit to providing straw only at the customer’s request.
- Plan and conduct environmentally aware gatherings and events
- Encourage employees and customers to use arrive to your business through alternative transportation. Be creative.
Water Saving Tips
- Fix leaks. Small leaks add up to many gallons of water and dollars wasted each month.
- Use water-saving faucets and showerheads and urinals to save water. Low-flow aerators can be installed on current faucets for an easy low-cost retrofit. Lavatory & hand-washing faucets should be 2.0gpm or less.
Support Local and Eco-Minded Industries
- Buying products for local businesses strengthens the economic base of our community, keeps our community unique and inspires community exchanges.
- San Diego is surrounded with local fresh produce options. Try Suzie’s Farm, SD Roots, Seabreeze Organic Farm, City Farmers Nursery and our local NP Farmer’s Market just to name a few.
- Purchase and serve wild and sustainably caught local seafood.
- Purchase meat products locally and from sustainable and animal-humane farms.
- Order and sell clothing, jewelry, art, etc. from local artist.
Energy Saving Tips: Heating and Air Conditioning
- Tune-up” your heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system with an annual maintenance contract. Even a new ENERGY STAR qualified HVAC system, like a new car, will decline in performance without regular maintenance
- Regularly change (or clean if reusable) HVAC filters every month during peak cooling or heating seasons. New filters usually only cost a few dollars. Dirty filters cost more to use, overwork the equipment and result in lower indoor air quality.
- Control direct sun through windows in warm months. Options such as “solar screens,” “solar films,” awnings, and vegetation can help keep you business cool.
- Plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking. Caulking and weather stripping helps control the exchange of hot and cold air in and out of your business.
Energy Saving Tips: Lighting
- Turn off lights (and other equipment) when not in use. High utility costs often include paying for energy that is completely wasted.
- Install occupancy sensors in proper locations to automatically turn off lighting when no one is present and back on when people return.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). CFLs cost about 75% less to operate, and last about 10 X longer. Use LEDs when higher quality lighting is needed.
Energy Saving Tips: Equipment
- Always buy ENERGY STAR qualified products for your small business.
- Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off. These “phantom” loads occur in most appliances that use electricity; unplugging the appliance or use a power strip to shut off electricity to the appliance when not in use.
- Have large refrigerators cleaned and serviced 2X each year.
Green Energy Generation
- Look for green power purchasing options. You can vote for green power with your dollar.
- Generate energy onsite with solar power and other options. Ensure you’ve received a basic level of energy efficiency before investing here.
- Energy Upgrade and Generation Incentives
- Check out the SDG&E Direct Install program, an energy upgrade incentive program for small businesses. Local businesses who have participated are saving on their utilities monthly.
- More than $26 million in energy-efficient equipment has been financed through SDG&E’s On-Bill Financing program, which lends funds to purchase qualifying equipment with no money down and no interest payments.