Commercial buildings - retail shops, offices, and other non-residential facilities - were responsible for over a quarter of Pittsburg's greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions were caused by energy use, and can be reduced effectively through energy conservation.
Smart Lights Serves Pittsburg Businesses
Smart Lights is specially designed to help small businesses become more energy-efficient. The program offers free start-to-finish technical assistance and instant rebates to help defray the cost of upgrading and/or repairing existing equipment. Smart Lights can help with comprehensive lighting retrofits, refrigeration tune-ups, controls, and seals replacement, replacing domestic hot water heaters, and referrals to appropriate HVAC programs.
Bay Area Green Business Program
The County's Green Business Program certifies businesses that reduce the environmental impacts of their business operations. The Green Business Program is a great place to start to reduce your environmental impact in many areas, including energy use, water use, and waste reduction. Many of their action items will also end up saving your business money. You can take a look at the list on their website and contact Contra Costa County’s coordinator.
The City of Pittsburg has three facilities that are certified by the Green Business Program! The City Hall, Corporation Yard, and Recreation Center were all certified in 2007.
Cool California Small Business Carbon Footprint Calculator
CoolCalifornia.org has developed an elaborate calculator for small businesses to calculate their carbon footprint. The website also hosts tools to help businesses shrink their footprints.
Make Your Workplace an Energy STAR!
Is your place of work performing as well as it could?
Energy Star rates appliances and buildings for energy efficiency. Visit their website to:
- Take a virtual tour
- Get Energy Star tips
- Start a Green Team
Click here to visit the ENERGY STAR website (exit).
The Energy Star Portolio Manager rates buildings, by comparing their energy use to building of similar size and use. Get out your energy bills and see how your business compares to others like it. This tool allows you to track your energy use over time, so you can see the difference made by any upgrades you make. It also gives you insight into what energy you can do to lower your energy use.
Click here for Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager
PG&E offers rebates to help you pay for those energy efficient upgrades.
Smart Lights is a non-profit organization that offers free audits and simple upgrades to lighting and refrigeration systems for businesses.
Click here to visit the Smart Lights website
Demand Response: Save Energy - Save Money.
A Flex Alert (exit) is a call for consumers to conserve electricity during heat waves when power use outstrips electricity supply and other challenging grid conditions, such as when power plants or power lines are unexpectedly unavailable making electricity deliveries difficult. Learn more on how you can participate.
Did you know?
According to ENERGY STAR: "The average commercial building wastes 30 percent of the energy it consumes."
More from Flex Alert Business Tips. (exit)
Encourage your employees to commute together. For each pair that commutes together, you cut their driving emissions in half. Click here for 511.org's Employee Rideshare program.