program: we recycle all bottles, cans, packaging, newspapers, junk mail
and office paper that are produced by our office or come back in our
cars after rental.
✔ Replacing fluorescent light bulbs: between our offices and garages, we had over 220 fluorescent light bulbs in operation. Replacing them with LED light tubes by rewiring the existing fixtures saves us over 70% on electricity usage. Our yearly consumption was adding up to 18 MWh, at a cost of over $1900. By replacing with much brighter 18-Watt LED light tubes, we were able to use only half as many tubes, cutting our total yearly consumption to 4 MWh, and saving in the process 22,000 lbs in yearly CO 2
✔ Installing under-sink instant-on water heaters: we realized that we didn't really need to constantly keep 40 gallons of water heated both in our office and garage. So we eliminated two hot-water tanks, one gas-operated and one electrical, to replace them with 4-gallon water heaters that supply hot water instantly (less water wasted waiting for it to warm up) and use far less energy to keep hot water on hand.