Introduction to going green
This is an overview on the changes we have made and an insight on future developments in our vision of being a 'Carbon Neutral' company.
Alternative Fuel - LPG (liquid petroleum gas)
Our first change was to upgrade our fleet of commercial vehicles to run on gas and in the UK was a huge financial saving of 80% on fuel. With the ever increasing fuel duty charges in the UK the saving was welcomed. The saving was not the only surprise but it was evident that there was considerable environmental benefits with reduced poison emissions and reduced oil pollution in our engines sump. You may have asked why the oil found in the diesel engines blackens quickly compared with gasoline engines, with LPG (liquid petroleum gas) it hardly blackens at all and lasts much longer in the sump. You can expect fewer oil changes with a LPG powered vehicles as the gas burns much cleaner than gasoline or diesel and the cause of oil blackening is carbonisation blowing past the rings then into the sump, hence diesel engine oil blackens much faster. There is much to be gained by changing to LPG.
Wrap up and Keep Warm
In the UK special HIPs (home information packs) have become law for all who are selling there home. The HIP is a compendium of details regarding any legal searches and energy saving details just like a energy rating you may find on a refrigerator. Commercial premises are a complicated issue in respect of energy. There are two main energy drains in buildings, Heat and Light. Heat has to the biggest culprit but there are things we can do. Insulation and controlled ventilation is the key to massive savings. If you manage your premises then you must start by sealing every possible gap and insulate every possible external surface, Roofs and floors; then adding controlled moisture controlled ventilation systems at high and low points, this will not only help keep the heat but also help to control air bourne moisture, making for a more comfortable environment. Thermal imaging can show up a whole host of issues .
We have only touched on energy issues and will elaborate in more detail, starting with Thermal Imaging and how it may unlock the potential of your premises. We will base our articles on a model premises and hope to tackle and help solve issues with a variety of solutions.
Remember 'you save energy, then you save money'.