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Going Green and Saving Some Green

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Making Your Operation More Environmentally-Friendly and Cost-Effective

The concept of “going green” is no longer novel, but it has stuck around because it is a simple message with straight-forward guidelines that people can relate to. There is a general consensus that we not only want to live in an economical and clean environment, but want this to continue for our children and future generations. Increasingly, as we are made aware of the immense impact we have on the environment, we are encouraged to put “green” practices into place. Realizing our actions will have a direct impact on the future, we may find ourselves asking, “What specific things can I do to help continue the effort and make a positive impact on the planet?” At Kooltronic, we’ve taken steps to incorporate environmentally-friendly industrial practices at our headquarters in Pennington, NJ. Some of these efforts include converting our manufacturing plant to solar power, using ozone-friendly refrigerants, updating the lighting throughout the facility to make it more efficient and recycling across all facets of our operation.

Solar Power

Kooltronic has always enjoyed a proud tradition of engineering and producing the highest quality products available while maintaining environmentally-friendly practices. As an example of this commitment, Kooltronic installed over 2,600 solar energy panels on the roof of its facility during the summer of 2006. At the time of construction, this solar power system was among the largest commercial installations in New Jersey.

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image-32c.jpgIn 2011, Kooltronic installed a canopy of approximately 1,300 solar panels over the parking lot, accounting for 30% of the energy requirements needed by the facility. In conjunction with the rooftop installation of 2,600 solar panels which produce approximately 60% of its energy requirements on any given day, Kooltronic's facility receives 90% of its electricity through solar power energy. This independence from non-renewable energy sources is a great way for facilities to use “green” technology, while also saving costs in the long run.

Solar power needs no fuel and produces no waste or pollution, making it a prime option for organizations looking to become more energy-efficient as well as environmentally-friendly. Consult with a solar contractor to see if a solar system may be beneficial for your operation. There may be government incentives or rebates available that will help offset initial installation costs.

Environmentally-Friendly Refrigerants

Prudent foresight on the part of government and industry has led to laws and refrigerants that will help reverse the damage to the ozone layer; and by international treatimage-32d.jpgy, as of 2015, the manufacturing of air conditioning equipment with R-22 refrigerant has become outlawed. Kooltronic was among the first manufacturers in the industry to use ozone-friendly R-134A refrigerant in its air conditioners. Since 1992, Kooltronic has used R-134A in all of its air conditioners for which R-134A compatible compressors are commercially available. Kooltronic also uses R-410A refrigerant for compatible compressors. If your industry deals with substances such as refrigerants, gases or hazardous materials that could have a negative impact on the environment, speak with your suppliers who may be able to offer a more environmentally-friendly option. 

Lighting

image-32e.jpgIn addition to adding the solar system, Kooltronic performed an energy audit on the lighting throughout its 170,000 square foot facility. After determining the lighting was outdated and inefficient, Kooltronic updated ballasts and replaced the lights with more energy-efficient bulbs. Not only does this save energy, it also has helped save on utility bills. This is something that all companies in older buildings should consider; while initial costs may be high, this is a great way to make a company more energy-efficient and save money on electricity in the future.

Recycling Across the Spectrum

image-32f.jpgRemember the 3 R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Kooltronic recycles office paper, soda bottles and cans, as well as scrap metal left over from the manufacturing process. Reducing waste through these efforts helps the environment by conserving resources and energy. Kooltronic has made recycling a routine activity in both manufacturing and administrative activities. As a “green” step, Kooltronic utilizes a closed, recycling powder-painting system that captures and reuses particulates from the powder-painting process, preventing their release into the environment. Powder coating processes are universally accepted and specified as the Best Available Control Technology (BACT) to reduce air pollution, primarily because no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions are released into the atmosphere. Since no solvents are used as any part of the powder paint process, concerns about ground water, air quality or hazardous waste are eliminated.

There are many ways that companies can join the recycling effort. Merely recycling paper products or soft drink bottles can have a positive impact on the environment. Check your state’s regulations regarding what containers or other items may be recyclable and make sure to be conscious about what materials you are putting down drains or back into the ground.

What You Can Do To Help

These practices are attainable across every industry and may be of interest to apply at your organization. Whether your goal is to make your operations more energy-efficient, more cost-effective or simply more environmentally-friendly overall, the great thing is that this can be achieved without much effort or expense. All it takes is practices such as changing your light bulbs to more energy-efficient bulbs, or recycling materials that you would otherwise have disposed of. While there is an up-front cost for some of these practices, such as installing a solar power system, priorities can be set, and different strategies can be utilized to allow for participation without overextending your budget. Not only will these practices save energy and help the environment, but concurrently, you can also save on utility costs or other expenses over time. Regardless of the industry one works in, it is always a good practice to reuse or recycle when possible, and try to use materials that are not harmful to the environment.

Feel free to comment or share how your company is going green!

Topics: Green Practices

Michael Freedman

Written by Michael Freedman

Michael is the Operations Manager at Kooltronic

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