Originally Aired Sunday October 4th at 5:00 p.m.
On this episode of Experience El Dorado we’re getting clean, green and eco-friendly. Join us while Cory Tapia explores what it means to be environmentally conscious as he talks with some of El Dorado County’s more uniquely green companies. From 968 Park hotel where they tore down and reconstructed with 80% of their original materials to the Motherlode River Center where white water rafting is the greenest form of travel and then it’s off to Barsotti Juice and Lennar Homes to see how they use the power of the sun to save money and reduce their carbon footprint.
968 PARK HOTEL
How can an eco-friendly, green hotel that’s constructed almost entirely with recycled and sustainable materials get any greener? Well…It could be located in Paradise.
The 968 Park Hotel is unlike any other hotel in the region. While their amenities are typical their mission is anything but. Special attention has been given to green living and can be found inside and out of this amazing hotel.
Fall Organic & All-Natural Recipes
Money-Saving Tip for your Business – Save Water
Water-efficiency measures can reduce water and sewer costs by up to 30 percent. A variety of methods ranging from innovative water recycling techniques to simple common sense approaches can lead to substantial cost savings and water use reduction.
For example, replace old, high-volume kitchen sprayers with high-velocity, low-flow models, and save up to $1,000 a year in hot water costs. Replace a 10- to 20-year-old conventional dishwasher with an infrared gas dishwasher and save up to $2,900 annually. As appliances wear out, replace them with ENERGY STAR water-saving models
Conduct a water audit to determine water efficiency and conservation projects that make that most sense for your business. A water audit is the process that identifies the quantities, characteristics, and uses of all water on the site. Information about conducting a water audit at your business can be found at CoolCalifornia.org.
In El Dorado County, the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) offers a complimentary water-use survey for commercial, industrial, and institutional properties to assist both EID and City of Placerville business customers to identify any plumbing leaks and/or fine tune their irrigation schedules. The South Tahoe Public Utility District provides indoor and outdoor conservation programs to help you save month time and money. Every business can take action or make simple behavior changes to save water at little to no cost to the business. For example:
Detect and Repair Leaks
For example, toilet tanks can be checked with a few drops of food coloring. After 15 minutes without flushing, does any color show up in the bowl? Given that a leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day, repair running or leaking toilets as soon as possible.
Install Water Efficient Devices
Install the following devices at your business where appropriate – faucet aerators, low flow showerheads, on-off valves on showerheads or hoses, toilet tank displacement devices, low-flow or vacuum flush toilets, and/or water-efficient chillers
Eliminate Unnecessary Water Use Outside.
Avoid runoff. Set sprinklers to cover only lawn or garden, not sidewalks!.
Mulch around plants and trees to retain moisture and prevent weeds.
Minimize lawns. Lawns use more water than any other landscape plants.
Plant native plants adapted to local climate and rainfall.
Use drip and other low-flow irrigation devices.For other cost savings tips and money saving ideas, check out the Small Business Toolkit at: www.coolcalifornia.org/small-business.
By Kyra Naumoff, California Air Resources Board
Motherlode River Center
The Motherlode River Center, located in gold country, Coloma California has been connecting people with nature since 1972. Their mission?...well its simple, to share their love of rivers and natural woodlands with their visitors to educate them on appreciating and preserving our Mother Earth.
Tips on How to Be a Green Shopper
BYOB - Bring your own bags to shop and reuse bags from previous shopping trips. Raley’s gives you 5 cents back for each bag used to pack your groceries. Decline a bag for single or small items that you can carry easily or put in your pocket or purse. Keep a stash of bags to reuse in your car, so they’re handy for every shopping trip.
Choose Quality Over Quantity: Buy higher quality items that will last longer and won’t need to be thrown out. With many options to choose from, the temptation can be to buy disposable items, use once and discard after use. Use products designed for multiple use, such as cloth napkins, dishcloths, rechargeable batteries, refillable containers, and washable utensils. You’ll help cut down on waste.
Shop the Bulk Bins: Check out the Bulk Bins in your local Raley’s or Bel Air Natural Foods Department – you can choose an amount that’s just right for your needs, so you decrease waste. Plus, there’s less packaging for bulk bin products.
Recycle Your Plastic Bags: In each of our stores, we offer plastic bag recycling kiosks so feel free to use them! You can discard clean, empty plastic bags for responsible recycling in your same trip to the store
By Earline Griffith, Raley’s Registered Dietitian
Barsotti - Lennar - Premier Power
As we’ve seen with the 968 Park Hotel and the Motherlode River Center, There are many was to be green and eco-friendly. Let’s take a look at how a juice factory and single family homes can use the power of the solar to save money and help reduce carbon footprints.
The Barsotti juice factory, located in famous Apple hill, has been family owned and operated since 1976. Starting with just one kind of apple juice, today with a little imagination and some extra cultivation the factory makes many different varieties of their tasty juice.
Fresh fruit juice isn’t the only kind of juice the family makes these days. Gale Barsotti, the father of the family run factory, has started to cultivate a new kind of juice…it’s called power, yep…solar power. Mr. Barsotti has put a number of solar panels in his orchard, amongst the apples to help run the factories juice making machines to keep their power cost down. Premier Power of El Dorado Hills installed the solar panels, and explain how they work.
Continue the journey as we explore solar homes in El Dorado Hills with Lennar Homes and imagine what kind of savings you could capture by using solar in with your own home.
A Money-Saving Tip for your Business – Conduct an Energy Audit
Cost-effective energy efficiency projects can reduce annual utility bills by 20% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while adding money to your bottom line.
To identify the energy efficiency projects that make sense for your business, have an energy audit performed. An energy audit identifies how energy is used at a business and recommends actions to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.
In El Dorado County, look up the El Dorado County Energy Partnership sponsored by PG & E; energy-efficiency experts are available to perform free energy audits to help businesses identify energy-saving opportunities. For other county or statewide financial resources, see CoolCalifornia.org.
Every business can take action or make simple behavior changes to save energy at little to no cost to the business. For example:
Turn off equipment (lights, computers, other office equipment) on nights, weekends, and when not in use.
Lower your thermostat in the winter and raise it in the summer. Every degree of cooling increases energy use by 4% to 5% (e.g., cooling to 73° F instead of 76° F uses 12% to 15% more energy). Save up to $500 per year.
Open your window blinds or drapes and use sunshine or “day lighting” to warm your business during cooler months. Close them at night to retain the heat.
Keep doors and windows closed to prevent heat loss during winter of loss of cool air in summer.
Regularly clean and maintain food refrigeration equipment where applicable.
Clean all filters in your heating and cooling system monthly.
Caulk or weather strip any drafty doors or windows.
For other cost savings tips and money saving ideas, check out the Small Business Toolkit at: www.coolcalifornia.org/small-business.
By Kyra Naumoff, California Air Resources Board