2016 is going to be a big year for keeping organics (food and yard waste) out of our landfills, especially for businesses. In 2014 the State of California passed AB 1826, requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste and not put it in the garbage. Businesses with that dispose of high levels of organics every week have to separate it starting April 1, 2016 as others phase in later in the year.
- Cut $30M each year off business’ utility bills
- Reduced over 800,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions – equivalent to planting 43,583 acres of trees
- Enough kilowatt-hours saved to power 25,000 houses for an entire year
- Over 400,000 metric tons of waste diverted from the landfill
- 124 million gallons of water saved
- Over 28,000 gallons of hazardous waste eliminated
As many small business owners may know, bringing in an energy auditor to test your energy usage can be a cumbersome process and potentially cost prohibitive. EnergyAi® is an on-line service which analyzes energy meter data to identify opportunities for cost and CO2 savings. They are developing a version targeted to small businesses, and are looking for volunteers to give them feedback.
Small businesses will receive a report which shows their current business usage patterns, and the savings potential from simple operational changes.