Maybe you didn’t know that when you’re supporting our business, you’re also supporting our green initiative. From our solar project to our recycling program, the Buckmans.com Green Initiative is leading the way in the use of sustainable, renewable energy.
There are three main ways we have been going green:
1) With Solar Energy - The roof at our corporate office is currently the largest roof-mounted array of solar panels in the state of PA. The solar array converts sunlight into electricity, supplementing the power needed to run our sodium hypochlorite manufacturing facility (to learn more about this plant, visit buckmansinc.com).
Our solar energy system produces over 1,610,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year from 6,334 high efficiency photovoltaic solar modules. This clean, renewable energy source allows us to offset 2.5 million pounds of CO2 each year! This would be like conserving over 127,300 gallons of gasoline each year. The renewable energy project was made possible in part by a grant from the State of Pennsylvania as well as the Federal Government. In addition to our corporate office, five out of six of our retail locations have solar panels too and are energy-neutral.
2) Recycling -
In addition to utilizing available renewable energy technology, we actively recycle paper and plastic products. Last year we collected, bundled and recycled over 1,400 LBs of paper products, 66,500 LBs of corrugated materials, and 184,800 LBs of plastic.
By making this concerted effort, over 126.5 tons of waste each year are no longer sent to a landfill but are recycled and re-used.
3) Energy Conservation - We recently partnered with Peco to help lower our energy consumption. The partnership allows Peco to come alongside companies like Buckman’s and use their energy expertise to analyze the way power is being used and ways to cut back and be more energy efficient. For us, this involved updating lighting fixtures in our warehouse and other facilities. Over 80 fixtures were changed out from an old style to new efficiency lighting. This saves over 43,500 kilowatts each year. Motion sensors were also added to our office and warehouse environments to reduce power usage in areas that don’t need to remain lit all the time.
What have you changed to go green? We'd love to hear about it! Share with us @ www.facebook.com/buckmans :)