Requiring businesses to get a 30 min. water & energy evaluation (Free Resource & Energy Business Evaluation Ordinance), 2009
CHULA VISTA, CA
HOW IT CAN BENEFIT YOU
- How hot or cold you feel by managing heating and cooling systems efficiently.
- Your lighting, which can result in a 27% reduction in the incidence of headaches, which costs about $70 per employee annually in health insurance.
So in 2009, Chula Vista created an ordinance requiring businesses to get a free ($300 value), 30 minute on-site assistance to reduce energy and water costs via free products, rebates, and suggested recommendations.
WHY IT'S A LEADING PROGRAM
As of 2010, Chula Vista knew of no other city requiring businesses to to get an energy evaluation. It's unique because it has enough staff to make sure businesses comply.
Help businesses save money, energy and water.
WHO CAN TAKE ACTION
Businesses with storefronts or offices must comply. Home-based or mobile businesses (e.g., food trucks) are exempt.
In the first year of implementation, 72% of 993 businesses participated. 71% of them implemented recommendations. About 150 businesses (that did not have to comply) asked for an evaluation. (Read more).
Brendan Reed, Environmental Resource Manager, Chula Vista Department of Conservation & Environment Services, 619-409-5889, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 11, 2015