Historically, a cleaner’s energy consumption and conservation initiatives have been given little if any attention in the world of environmental awards or promotions. This is true despite the fact it is the business’s most significant area of impact with regard to global warming.
The cleaner’s has a demand for energy to create steam for finishing, hot water (for laundry), run refrigeration, air and in some cases CO2 compressors, drying tumblers for garments, air conditioning and /or ventilation systems, delivery vehicles, lighting, office equipment, lunchroom equipment and a host of normal and usual things that a business needs in order to function.
Like other businesses, cleaners can take many actions that would reduce their carbon footprint and impact on global warming. Here is the list of things the Council uses to evaluate a cleaner’s commitment to energy-related environmental initiatives:
- Professional energy assessment
- Regular maintenance schedule for energy-related equipment
- Alternative energy program participation (wind, solar, etc.)
- US EPA Green Power Program (Partnership)
- Gas powered boiler
- Insulated steam and water pipes
- Energy efficient lighting – i.e. Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) and Light Emitting Diode (LED)
- Electronic ballasts in fluorescent light fixtures with T-8 bulbs.
- Mercury free fluorescent bulbs.
- Energy Star network for Small Business partner
- Energy Star office and related equipment
- Occupancy sensors for lighting
- Natural lighting controls (i.e. awnings, reflective glass, window film, deciduous trees, etc.)
- EER or SEER rating for air conditioners
- Carbon offset credits
- Automatic or revolving energy efficient doors