Utilities Promoting Community Recycling
By Amy Morin
Utility companies have many opportunities to promote recycling within the community.
They can also be a model for green living by showing the community that they are doing their share to reduce their own carbon footprint.
Many electric companies offer a variety of recycling programs.
Recycling programs can not only reduce the amount of waste headed to the landfills, but can also encourage people to use more energy efficient appliances.
A lot of electric companies offer light bulb recycling. Since many light bulbs contain mercury, it’s important to keep these out of the landfills. Offering customers an opportunity to drop off their lamps and light bulbs for free can ensure that they don’t end up in the trash.
Appliance recycling programs can also be a great way to reduce waste.
Unfortunately, many cities and towns charge people to drop off any of their unwanted appliances. This can lead to people taking desperate measures to get rid of items, including leaving them behind when they move or even dropping them off illegally.
While most utility companies will offer a free place for people to drop off their appliances, some companies will even pick up appliances. This can help encourage customers to purchase energy saving appliances which can help them save on their utility bills each week.
Water and Sewer Companies
Water and sewer companies often educate the community about a variety of ways to recycle water.
Some companies offer reduced bills to customers who prevent water run-off from going into city drains and streets. Water run-off can be collected from gutters and used for things such as watering the lawn.
Some cities allow wastewater to be treated and used for watering plants. Other places offer customers education about composting and recycling grass clippings.
How Utility Companies Recycle
Utility companies should not only promote recycling to their customers but should also show the community that they practice recycling. Companies should look for ways to reduce their own waste by recycling as much as possible.
Utility companies can also use recycled materials.
By using anything from napkins made from recycled paper to using recycled concrete to pave their driveways, they’ll show the community that they are serious about saving the environment.
Utility companies can easily pave the way for recycling in a community. By offering incentives, education and refuse drop off, companies can reduce the amount of waste headed for the landfills.
As a power provider, how are you doing your part in your local community to be recycle?
About the Author: Amy Morin writes about parenting, psychology, and business topics such as small business payroll.
UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service
UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid.
Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.
EDF’s V2G business solution includes:
The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.
A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time
Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”
Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.
He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information.
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