World Oceans Day

By on Jun 8, 2018 in News

World Oceans Day is June 8th! Businesses can improve their bottom line by implementing water conservation techniques on the property. By consuming less water and using smart technology as an aid, you can cut costs and protect the environment.


  1. Set conservation goals. A plan without a goal an aimless journey. Goals motivate us and let us know when we’re on track. Take inventory of your current water use. Speak with your utilities provider about setting realistic goals for water conservation as well as a due date for reaching those goals.


  1. Let technology do the heavy lifting. Did you know that there is software that can complete a water audit, identify leaks, recover overages, and negotiate utility costs for you? Yardi Smart Energy Suite provides all of those services and more. Use a single solution to help you jumpstart your water conservation plan. It can be more cost effective that hiring a conservation task force or burdening your existing staff with new responsibilities.


  1. Make low-flow your low-cost upgrade. Low-flow restrictors on faucets can cut water usage by .7 gallons per minute. They cost less than a dollar each. High efficiency toilets can save three gallons per flush, quickly paying for the cost of the upgrade in a high-traffic space. These little changes go a long way towards cost savings and conservation.


  1. Native landscaping cuts costs and adds local flavor. Native landscaping includes grasses, shrubs, and trees that thrive in your local environment. Your environment often provides what the plants need naturally. You can save money that would otherwise go towards supplementing rainfall to meet the water needs for non-local species.


  1. Free water is the best water. Consider rain barrels to catch and distribute rainwater to gardens and indoor plants. You could also be sitting on free water. Contact a hydrologist to check for groundwater aquifers on your property. When you bypass the utility company to water your landscape, you could save big time.


  1. Employee involvement is low-cost and easy. Consider hosting an e-Learning water-wise session for your employees. Reinforce those tips with signs in bathrooms and kitchens. Even if only a quarter of your employees implement the water conservation methods, you’ve spent very little to generate those savings.


What water conservation practices have been successful with your business?