- Assess Your Building & Find Incentives
- Efficiency Improvements
- Find a Contractor
- Engage Others
- Celebrate Your Accomplishments
Many of Simi Valley's buildings are 30-50 years old, and as a business property owner, we know you face difficult choices when it comes to upgrading building equipment and systems that have reached the end of their lives. More efficient equipment could reduce utility costs, but often has a higher up-front cost. However, energy efficiency improvemements to your building can mean more than just lower utility bills, it can also:
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Improving your building's indoor environment can have the added benefit of leading to higher employee productivity and reduced absenteeism.
- Reduce regular operations and maintenance costs
- Improve comfort and health for your employees or building tenants with more consistent temperatures and improved indoor air quality, as well as better, more efficient lighting
- Distinguish you as a leader in Simi Valley for your contribution to a greener tomorrow
By assessing your building's current energy peformance, and thinking about your building as a complete system, you can work with a contractor or energy specialist to identify building upgrades that will give you the biggest bang for your buck. With the help of financial incentives from Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas), many efficiency measures have payback periods as little as 1 to 8 years.
If you are leasing your space, talk to your property manager about ways you can work together to improve the performance of your building. There are many opportunities to improve the efficiency of your lighting and equipment within your space and take advantage of financial incentives described below.In 2012 the City implemented an Enterprise Energy Management Information System (EEMIS) in partnership with Los angeles County. EEMIS hardware and software provides City staff detailed information about facility energy consumption, including hourly energy profiles and energy consumption of individual building systems, which are monitored on a regular basis. EEMIS allows City facility managers and energy management staff to observe “real-time” energy consumption via the Internet. Currently about 8 of the City’s facilities are monitored by EEMIS. Monthly, weekly, daily and even hourly energy trends can be observed.
Assess Your Building Energy Performance and Find Incentives
You can identify cost-effective opportunities for improving your building's energy performance by understanding your current energy use. Each building's savings will depend on its current systems and upgrades, but the resources below can help you see energy use trends, analyze how your energy use translates into costs, and identify solutions.
- SCE Energy Management Solutions for Small Business - SCE offers information, training, financial incentives, and customized solutions to help you reduce energy use.
- Southern California Gas Company - SoCal Gas also offers energy efficiency information, and rebates on energy efficient products for its small business and other commercial customers.
- LEED - The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, provides building owners and operators a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.
- Portfolio Manager - EPA's measurement and tracking tool, Portfolio Manager, can help building owners track and assess their energy and water use. With superior building performance, you can also receive recognition from EPA.
Efficiency Improvements for Buildings
There are many cost-effective ways you can incorporate green building strategies into your property management process and increase the energy efficiency of your building. Explore the green building resources below for more information. You can also talk to your contractor or utility representative to see if any of these changes are right for you.
- SCE Energy Management Solutions - Select your business type and learn more about the financial resources and technical assistance SCE offers to its business customers.
- EPA Green Building - An overview of green building, why it's important, and links to resources on specific topics such as renewable energy, water efficiency, indoor air quality, and funding opportunities.
- ENERGY STAR for Small Business - Provides guidance, tools, and case studies to help building owners and property managers save energy and money, including a How-To Guide for Small Business.
- CALRecycle Green Buildings - Access publications about green building, case studies, and a Sustainable Building Toolkit with factsheets, financing information, and links to green building guidelines.
- CA Green Building Strategy - Learn more about California measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings and find links to additional green building resources.
- Cool California Build Green - Find tips and additional tools to help you plan for green building and sustainable development.
Contact a Trained Contractor
Ready to start saving energy and reduce your operating costs? Trained contractors and energy experts understand that a building operates as a system, and will make recommendations to address your specific problems. Local contractors are also familiar with Simi Valley's building codes and might be able to provide additional information about local incentive programs.
Engage Others in Saving Energy
Once you've established your energy management plan, engage your employees or tenants in the building's energy-saving efforts. Educating people about ways they can save energy at work can encourage them to spread the word about energy efficiency, help you meet your goals, and establish your organization as an efficiency leader in Simi Valley.
EPA's Bring Your Green to Work offers a variety of interactive resources to show people how to save energy at work and help spread the word:
Celebrate Your Accomplishments
Promoting your commitment to energy efficiency and a sustainable Simi Valley will bring attention to the program and help your business stand out in the community.
- Contact City staff to learn more about recognition opportunities from Simi Valley
- Get LEED Certified
- Be an ENERGY STAR Leader or Earn the ENERGY STAR for your building
- Share Your Story - After you complete your upgrades, tell us about the experience and your savings to encourage other businesses to participate