CIG - Step 4


Often when we think of becoming sustainable, we think of fancy new electronics to help us out. Unfortunately, sometimes replacing an item can be worse for the environment than sticking with functioning equipment. 

cartoon character crossing a river on stepping stonesTake a look at the Tesla car’s actual impact on the environment. While “going green” is important, trading out your newer, working equipment for something more energy-efficient may not be the best idea. 

Our suggestion is to create a list. Rank each item in terms of importance to replace first. Factor in age and energy consumption. For example, how old is your oven? Does your refrigerator have a leak? What Energy Star products do you already use?

Older items are generally less efficient and may break down first. When choosing new items, be sure to look for Energy Star products. While sustainable products may be more expensive on the front end, they will likely save you money in the long run. Lower energy and water bills will make up for any extra upfront costs.

What goes on the list?

The Routine

Along with upgrading equipment comes upgrading your daily routine.

  • When you come on-site, do you flip everything on so it is ready to go?
  • For a restaurant, can the hood be switched on later in the afternoon?
  • Do you need your ovens on, all day? 
  • Do all the lights need to be on first thing in the morning? How about after you close?
  • Taking a look at your schedule can help see where you can be more efficient with the equipment you already own.

Need help? Contact us for assistance from a student team.