Earth Day: Show your appreciation

Earth Day: Show your appreciation

April 22 is the day we honor our planet. Celebrate with these sustainable business practices!

Each year, we celebrate Earth Day on April 22 to highlight the environment and the importance of building a healthy, sustainable planet. How can you help? By taking big and small steps to green your business practices. It's not only good for Earth, but it’s also good for your bottom line. You’ll save energy, reduce waste and enhance your public image.

Easy energy efficiency steps

Here are some simple, low effort changes that can help your business save more energy and money:

  • Make it a point to turn off the lights when you leave the room.
  • Power down equipment (like computers and printers) when they’re not in use.
  • Set your thermostat to 78°F to save on cooling costs this spring and summer.
  • Take advantage of free sunlight to brighten your space.
  • Check for and seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors.
  • Check for and fix dripping faucets and other water leaks.
  • Keep up with all seasonal and routine maintenance for your heating and cooling systems.
  • Educate employees on the importance of saving energy and practicing sustainability. Start by hanging these colorful energy efficiency awareness posters.

Advanced energy efficiency actions

Ready to take your savings to the next level? Consider investing in the following to help your business reach be more eco-friendly:

  • Switch your lighting to LEDs. Why? They’re at least 75% more energy efficient than incandescents, have a very long lifespan, produce a bright, high-quality light and much more. Get more LED facts, browse rebates and check out our interactive 360° LED lighting video at
  • Install timers, occupancy sensors and smart controls to adjust and monitor your lighting use. You’ll reduce costs and increase accessibility. 
  • Upgrade your office equipment to ENERGY STAR® certified models. They use less energy than standard models while still providing the same level of performance.
  • Switch to cloud computing. Cloud-based applications allow employees to access and share information from anywhere which reduces the need for travel and printing out document hard copies. Cloud computing also eliminates the need to purchase and maintain expensive, energy-using servers.
  • Update your landscaping. To help conserve water, choose plants and trees that are native to California.
  • Commit to sourcing goods and materials that are produced locally and sustainably, if possible. Also look for products that are easily recycled, made without toxins and packaged using biodegradable materials.

Simple ways to reduce waste

Caring for the planet involves more than using less energy. Reducing waste throughout your business is also an integral part of the green movement. While every business has its own unique waste management process, the following are tried-and-true methods to reduce waste and lower operating costs:

  • Start a recycling program that allows employees to separate out paper, plastic and compostable materials on a daily basis; encourage companywide participation and consider friendly competition with incentives.
  • Use email or a company approved file sharing site to distribute work documents. If you must use paper, circulate one black and white copy, rather than making multiple copies.
  • Establish a double-sided copying policy for printing; purchase only copiers with prints on the front and back of the page.
  • Reuse supplier containers and pallets for shipping your products.
  • Recharge fax and printer cartridges or return them to the supplier for re-manufacture.

For more ways your business can save, explore our energy-saving tips and visit our Business Resource Center for helpful articles on all things energy efficiency.