Many companies are now realizing the importance of going green and reducing their energy consumption, even if it means spending a bit more money initially.
Below are some ways your manufacturing company can go green in 5 simple steps.
Turn off equipment
Quite possibly the easiest way to go more green and reduce energy consumption is to turn off equipment when not in use. This can be something simple like a computer, or something bigger like facilities gas scrubbers or any kind of gas scrubber.
Work out a system that ensures employees turn off equipment every day, and even consider disciplining employees that don’t follow procedure.
Change your lighting
There are many ways you can go green in your manufacturing premises by changing the way you use lighting. Firstly, look at replacing existing bulbs with energy saving bulbs. This reduces energy consumption by over 50%, and although it does cost quite a lot of money initially, over time you save money.
Next, look at ways the lighting can be controlled better by using things like dimmer switches to avoid using more lighting that you need to.
Lastly, try to make good use of natural lighting as much as possible, by having strategically placed windows installed that helps the factory get as much sunlight as possible.
Heating and cooling
Another way to ensure your company is doing everything it can for the environment is to look more closely at how you heat and cool the building. Many times, it much easier to simply turn on the heating to warm the building up, or turn on the air conditioning to cool everyone down, rather than looking at natural ways this can be achieved.
As an example, encourage your workers to wear extra clothing during winter to keep warm, or open windows during the summer to increase ventilation and reduce the need for air conditioning
Use less paper
Many manufacturers get into the habit of using a lot of paper, even for simple things like informing team members of an upcoming meeting. Instead of constantly using paper, look at ways you can go paperless by using things like email more.
Use less packaging
It’s long been known that products use way too much packaging, but so far only a handful of manufacturers are really tackling this problem. While there is not an overnight solution, you can make it a top priority to work with designers to come up with prototypes that use less packaging.