Conserve Water at Work
Learn about the ways you can save water at work and save money on your next bill.
REBATES FOR YOUR BUSINESS
EBMUD water customers can take advantage of water conservation rebates available.
MULTIFAMILY REBATES & NO-COST CONSULTING FOR ENERGY & WATER SAVINGS
BayREN’s Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements offers cash rebates and no-cost energy consulting for multifamily properties that undertake energy and water upgrades. The program assists in planning energy saving improvements designed to save 15% or more of a building’s energy and water usage and provides $750 per unit in rebates to help pay for the upgrade.
TIPS AND RESOURCES
- Get a water audit – Companies that have a significant water footprint should consider getting professional advice on how to reduce water consumption. One broken sprinkler head can waste over 25,000 gallons in 6 months. A commercial water audit can identify costly leaks, and individualized opportunities to cut back on water use.
- Use water-efficient equipment – Always look for water-efficient models of equipment, such as EPA Water Sense – even though it may cost slightly higher in up-front costs, you can quickly pay off that extra cost and then some with decreased water costs.
- Go low flow – Save thousands of gallons per month instantly by upgrading your restrooms and break rooms with low-flow aerators and toilets.
- Engage and inform employees - Whether it’s through a newsletter, creative signage in the bathroom and breakrooms, or team meetings, keep employees updated on what they can do to help in conserving water. EBMUD has resources for commercial businesses.
REDUCE LANDSCAPE WATER USE
Lush lawns can require hundreds of gallons of water a day to maintain their appearance. As a result, outdoor water use can account for between 5% and 30% of a business’s total water use.
If your business has outside landscaping that requires regular watering, consider converting to a bay-friendly landscape, and discover significant water savings. Bay-friendly landscaping isn’t limited to a particular style, it is instead an approach to landscaping that is environmentally friendly, water-conserving, and can be very aesthetically pleasing. The City offers lawn conversion rebates to businesses who convert their lawn to water-efficient landscaping!
Landscape regulations: Read up on the City’s Bay-Friendly Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance to ensure your project is compliant with City standards.
We want to help you in your pursuit of a sustainable, water-efficient yard. Follow the links below to learn more about bay-friendly landscaping.