This summer, The Landing in Renton is participating in Puget Sound Energy’s Brighter Business campaign. Small business owners at the mall are hoping to save up to $12,000 by simply making responsible energy decisions.
For companies with slim profit margins, like retail stores, items such as thermostats and light bulbs can make big money dents. For the new campaign, PSE went door to door at The Landing offering tenants basic information on how to save on their energy and water bills. A handful of businesses were also selected to receive money to put toward making larger energy efficient upgrades.
PSE chose The Landing as the pilot site for their new campaign in part because malls are big energy-suckers.
“Nationally, malls and retail stores use 18 percent of the energy consumed by all commercial buildings,” Tianna Byrtus, program manager at Puget Sound Energy, said in a statement.
The Landing’s property manager, JSH Properties is also replacing exterior lighting with LEDs in the mall’s common areas, garage and parking lot. The mall expects to save $36,300 in the next year. The amount of carbon dioxide emissions conserved by this fix is equivalent to 25 single family homes.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Puget Sound Energy to make The Landing and our tenants more energy-efficient,” said Emma Karlsson, Director of Sustainability at JSH Properties in a statement. “As property managers, it’s our job to lead the way, but we also need the business owners to be on board. PSE has been a great resource in communicating the benefits of energy efficiency, in a way that business owners can relate to.”
Track The Landing’s progress with International Council of Shopping Centers’ Property Efficiency Scorecard.