Slowly but surely, the world is finding ways to become more energy efficient. From smart metering to the expanding presence of solar photovoltaic power, here are six energy solution trends that are helping businesses, municipalities and consumers pave the way to a cleaner, greener and more efficient future.
Environmentally friendly safety products are better for the environment. But they are also good for businesses. Most of the PPE and safety products that you’re currently using, such as gloves, lockout/tagout kits, and cleaning supplies, have an earth-friendly alternative or can be recycled.
There are currently 32 models of electric vehicles available for purchase in the United States. By the start of the next decade, it’s projected that more than half of new car sales will refuel by plugging in.
Advanced lighting controls, also known as networked lighting controls, are becoming increasingly important in the energy efficiency world. Lighting controls provide a way to enhance energy savings from lighting and even HVAC and mechanical retrofit projects.
Gone are the days of high utility bills and frequently required lighting maintenance. As technology has improved and LED lighting has become more affordable, there’s no need to waste time and money on the lighting of the past.
In the 1830s when scientist Michael Faraday first generated electricity by spinning a copper disc using the poles of a magnet, the electricity generation was hatched. Since then, humanity has come to rely heavily on coal, wood, gasoline, and other fossil fuel sources to power our lives.
At temperatures up to 27 million degrees Fahrenheit, the sun is capable of producing large amounts of energy that can be harvested and modified into usable energy for residential and commercial use. Solar energy is reliable and easy to obtain, making it attractive to numerous businesses globally.
Lean manufacturing is a common practice within manufacturing processes that systemically reduces waste and cost while increasing efficiency. While the primary focus of Lean is the production floor, many of the same principles extend beyond to the warehouse. For example, storage of raw materials, subcomponents and finished products is a necessary function for most businesses, however if those tasks are not properly managed they can quickly eat away at profits and compromise customer service.
There really hasn’t been a better time to embrace smart lighting. In both subtle and significant ways, this technology is becoming essential to our everyday routines. It is allowing companies to improve employee concentration in the workplace. Cities are getting brighter and safer with the help of LED street lights. Smart lighting is becoming the norm, and it will only get more powerful over time.
If you’re looking for a way to increase safety and efficiencies in your mining operations, using “Lean” methods will help you accomplish that. This Japanese system has swept through global industries, eliminating waste in its path. While 5S has helped mining companies accomplish Lean objectives, many have called for a greater focus on warehouse safety. With the addition of a sixth step, mining organizations are using Lean practices to increase warehouse productivity without sacrificing safety. For workers employed in harsh and hazardous environments, 6S is especially effective in securing worker safety.
Think of your supply chain as your company’s engine – the smoother it runs, the more effective your business will be. Most companies realize this, but accomplishing it is a bigger challenge. Supply chains aren’t vastly improved overnight. It’s a process that requires time, resources, and the right professionals who can help shape and drive your strategy. But if done the right way, your organization will be able to master its processes, save costs, and mitigate wastes like a well-oiled machine.
In December 2015, Congress voted to extend the U.S. Solar Investment Tax Credit for both commercial and residential projects through 2019. Established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the initiative provides a 30% tax credit on the value of solar projects.
Lighting can greatly influence how we experience a museum. It’s what draws us to the intricacies of a sculpture or the vivid colors of a painting. By illuminating these pieces the right way, museums can really enhance their visitors' viewing pleasure.