Simple Actions

There are many simple ways you can use energy efficiently, conserve water, reduce waste, and encourage wise transportation choices at your business. What’s more, doing so will inspire your employees and boost your bottom line by reducing operating costs while improving competitiveness and environmental performance. Below are several no-cost and low-cost actions you can take right now to generate value for your business.

Need help? For one-on-one assistance with these simple actions and more, contact a business sustainability advisor who can support your efforts and connect you with incentives, rebates, and financing.

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  • Schedule a free PACE energy assessment.
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room or building.
  • Upgrade to ENERGY STAR rated light bulbs, appliances and equipment.
  • Perform routine (i.e. quarterly) maintenance on HVAC equipment.
  • Upgrade to programmable thermostats.
  • Turn off computers every night and unplug equipment that is used infrequently.
  • Schedule a free PACE waste assessment.
  • Optimize bin placement and ensure recycle, compost and landfill signs are clear and visible.
  • Train staff on waste diversion efforts and conduct routine checkups.
  • Verify that cleaning staff properly dispose of recyclables and waste materials.
  • Collect and deliver used electronics, appliances, scrap metal, block foam, textiles, large durable plastics and other applicable materials to the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM)
  • Collect and deliver paints, solvents, batteries, cleaners and other chemicals to Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility
  • Switch purchasing to bulk, nonhazardous, recyclable and recycled-content options.
  • Schedule a free PACE water assessment.
  • Upgrade toilets, urinals and showerheads to WaterSense models.
  • Upgrade to high efficiency aerators in kitchen and restroom faucets.
  • Upgrade dishwashers and ice machines to ENERGY STAR models.
  • Conduct regular visual inspections of fixtures and look and listen for leaks.
  • Reduce water used for irrigation – visit Resource Central and sign up for a free assessment of your existing sprinkler system.
  • Schedule a free PACE transportation assessment.
  • Consider adding bike racks and EV charging stations for employees.
  • Set up a transit program by providing “pool” bikes, B-Cycle memberships, or Eco-Passes for employees to travel to and from work and meetings.
  • Offer employees flexible work schedules, including compressed work weeks and telework options.
  • Participate as a company in summer and winter Bike-to-Work Day