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Lighting is often the most-effective way to reduce energy demand, and the incentives make the changes an even better deal. In almost all tenant/landlord relationships, the tenant has a good degree of control over the lighting. Therefore, many energy requirements may be on the lighting side. The San Francisco Green Business Program is well ahead of the curve: we do not allow incandescent lighting for use in recognized green businesses, except when used for spot lighting in a retail environment. There is talk of outlawing incandescent lighting in the state, so now is a good time to get started.

How to document: Save and scan all receipts of compact florescent lamps, cold cathode lamps and other efficient lighting purchases. Also, have spare bulbs and lamps ready for auditors so they don’t have to inspect installed fixtures.