Small Business Energy Efficiency Program
We offer free one-on-one individualized coaching with small businesses to identify and achieve their energy efficiency, waste reduction, and water conservation goals. We know that small businesses don’t always have time or resources to dedicate to finding ways to save energy or implement sustainable practices. The Small Business Energy Efficiency Program can help!
This FREE program includes:
One-on-one personalized coaching
Our team will meet with you one-on-one to help identify and achieve your energy efficiency, waste reduction, and water reduction goals.
Free Energy Assessment
A Certified Energy Auditor will perform an assessment of your space and make recommendations on ways to reduce energy and water usage as well as determine how much you will save and the time it will take to see a return on investment for any retrofits.
Be Featured as a community sustainability leader on our website, social media, newsletters, and more!
Sustainable Business Certification
We will apply a local standard for recognizing businesses that implement sustainable practices, with different levels to recognize the various levels of commitment.
The program launches in July 2019 and there are limited spaces available, so contact us as soon as possible to reserve your spot!
Energy efficiency is an important step toward creating a more sustainable future in Lethbridge. Reducing energy consumption is beneficial to the environment and is cost effective for businesses and consumers.
At Environment Lethbridge, we appreciate the many challenges that businesses can face when trying to become more energy efficient, the largest of which is that many of these activities will include changes to the building that can be cost prohibitive and/or be the responsibility of the landlord. We will be looking to work with each individual business and the limitations they may have. There are many simple steps that can be taken to make your business more energy efficient that are cost-effective, but will also have a great return on investment.
Contact SBEEP@environmentlethbridge.org to learn more.
Participating Businesses success stories
In 2018, we worked with 8 small businesses as part of our pilot program.
As a participant in Environment Lethbridge’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Program, Geomatic Attic has completed a high level of upgrades resulting in large scale savings on energy and money. From installing solar panels on their roof in 2017, to a high efficiency water heater, furnace, and AC unit, it is safe to assume Geomatic Attic rocks at energy saving! Upgrades also included a programmable thermostat, light-blocking shades on the building’s windows, and low-flow fixtures to conserve water.
This small business has a big impact in the field of recycling too. Their recycling program incorporates paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, and tin! Any paper with only one side printed on also gets reused prior to being recycled. Geomatic Attic is contemplating moving their offsite organic composting program onsite to better minimize their waste output.
Kapow Ltd. Comics and Games has demonstrated their commitment to sustainability by reducing their energy use and minimizing their waste through a broad recycling program!
In the last few years, this small business has upgraded their electrical and HVAC units. They are also gradually making lighting upgrades! Staff closely monitor the thermostat and abide by habitual “turn-off behavior” to keep costs down and lights off when not in use.
Kapow Ltd. Comics and Games has their recycling picked up every two weeks and encourages its vendors to use less packaging and more recyclable packaging materials. They do not print flyers and all of their events are advertised electronically to help cut down on waste. Kapow Ltd. Comics and Games also donates their returnable to local girls’ hockey!
Mocha Cabana has really outdone itself! As an already environmentally conscious business, Mocha Cabana was happy to take part in our program and get some new ideas.
Mocha Cabana has an impressive amount of energy efficient equipment in their restaurant including a boiler/ water heating tank combo. This cuts down on the energy used to continually heat the water when it is needed. Along with the boiler, there is new electrical, a new cooler, new front windows with light-blocking shades, tinted skylights in the 5 year old roof, a programmable thermostat, as well as LED lights throughout the restaurant and outside. The exterior lights are on a photocell timer so they only come on in the evening – which saves even more energy. If that seems like a lot to have on their plate, Mocha Cabana also performs monthly maintenance on kitchen equipment and water fixtures to ensure efficiency!
Mocha Cabana has a taste for recycling as well! They reuse packaging and recycle bottles, cardboard, and plastics. Have you heard about Mocha Local? It’s Mocha Cabana’s very own meal kit service and online farmer’s market, and everything is sourced from local farmers! Sourcing local cuts down on transportation emissions and costs as well as supports other local businesses to help them reach their full potential. Mocha Cabana focuses on reduced packaging for Mocha Local, and from its suppliers, sourcing compostable packaging materials whenever possible, even if it means ordering individual items from specific companies or paying a bit more.
One more course of action Mocha Cabana takes to reduce their carbon footprint is green routed delivery to distribute their Mocha Local meal kits and farmers market items, essentially meaning the delivery route is planned in the most efficient way possible to cut back on emissions and minimize any idling of the delivery vehicle. Mocha Local goes the extra mile and allows customers to leave their packaging from the previous week out for the delivery driver to pick up and make sure everything is either reused, recycled or composted.
Sustainability is in almost everything Chris and Cathy from Purple Carrot Health Foods and Wellness Inc. do! At Purple Carrot you can refill an array of items from shampoo to kombucha to olive oil to dishwasher tablets. They encourage you to reuse items, compost, or recycle – if you can’t recycle at your own home you’re welcome to bring those items to the store.
On the logistical side of the business, they’ve recently installed a reflective film on their front window and replaced lighting fixtures with LED which will help to reduce their health food store’s temperature and energy bill.
Purple Carrot also requests less packaging from their suppliers to reduce their waste production, take staff’s organic waste home to compost, and have their own extensive recycling program!
Runner’s Soul has recently made some really impressive ground with upgrades to their building and even carries their environmental awareness over to their events!
Runner’s Soul has switched to LED lights throughout their store, which has double pane windows, and they added a smart power bar to their Point of Sale station. The staff is really diligent with their “turn-off behaviour” and controlling the thermostat. The LED switch over even included their open sign, which they only turn on in the evening while they’re open.
While inspiring their vendors to use less packaging, Runner’s Soul has their own recycling program for cardboard and bottles. They encourage their vendors to use less packaging and post-consumer materials, minimizing the amount of waste produced in this small business.
For their Marathon Club, there is a water cooler in the front of the store and at all events participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles. Runner’s Soul is working on coming up with environmentally friendly solutions for events including the use of compostable cups and different bins for recycling and composting.
Theoretically Brewing Co. has demonstrated their commitment to sustainability by switching from fluorescent lighting to LEDs in their tasting area and outdoors, an upgrade which has saved them $200 per month, and paid itself off in less than one month! Now that is something we can say cheers to! Motion sensor timers were also installed in their washrooms and fluorescent lights are being changed to LED tube lights on their brew floor. New energy efficient windows and a high efficiency HVAC unit were installed along with a programmable thermostat. The staff is also focused, as a team, on better “turn-off behaviour.” All of these small changes add up to big savings on energy and money!
Theoretically Brewing Co. also sends all of their considerable organic waste, around 1000 kg per week, to be composted, cutting back large amounts that would otherwise end up in the landfill.
If you’ve ever been to an event at Theoretically Brewing Co. you may have noticed that when they don’t have enough glasses for everyone, they use compostable cups, and they have an in-house bottle refill program as well! With all of these upgrades it is safe to say you can feel good about enjoying a cold one at Theoretically Brewing Co.!