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✓ Even though you are in the construction business, you can reduce your carbon footprint and use alternative energy sources that will help alleviate the increasing energy consumption.
✓ Use green alternatives to propel you into the future and save money whilst you are at it!
Ways To Reduce Your Construction Energy Consumption
✓ The construction industry requires a constant stream of energy. Power tools, drilling, mixing, welding, you name it, and it requires power.
✓ The first step towards energy efficiency in the construction industry is considering going green. And that’s not a reference to green paint or green-colored power tools, but green energy.
✓ The choices you make in selecting the machinery and equipment your construction team will use could dramatically affect the amount of energy consumed in your construction activities.
a. Be conscientious of changing weather patterns
✓ While weather patterns can affect energy consumption, they are unpredictable.
✓ As a construction business owner, it’s important to check the weather patterns for your area before you head out to work.
✓ If there is going to be an unusually high amount of rain or wind gusts that day, this could impact how much energy your business equipment consumes, as well as the efficiency of your workers’ efforts.
✓ As much as we know construction cannot come to a halt because of the weather, you will be surprised how planning work on construction-weather-friendly days could reduce the time and energy wasted (literally and figuratively), on-site.
b. Invest in energy-efficient machinery, equipment, and power tools
✓ There are a variety of power tools available that use less energy in comparison to older models.
✓ These tools also have modes where they save power when not in use, and the newer ranges of equipment and appliances are all manufactured with energy efficiency in mind.
✓ Think about the advanced technology of diggers and excavators nowadays-their interiors and technology are better than most of our priciest vehicles!
✓ Machinery like this uses large amounts of fuel and diesel to operate, and investing in equipment with a smaller carbon footprint is bound to make the planet ‘dig’ you for your energy-conscious approach!
c. Recycled building materials
✓ Recycled building materials are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint during construction.
✓ The best thing about using reclaimed building materials is that they’re cheaper than new ones!
✓ This doesn’t mean cutting on quality materials at all.
✓ It only means exploring recycled materials for construction as this is an ever-expanding industry and more and more businesses are incorporating recycled materials into their operations.
d. Find renewable energy sources
✓ When using green energy alternatives, you should find ways to reduce consumption first and then find renewable energy sources.
✓ Reduce consumption by using renewable energy in your construction business.
✓ If a site and project budget allow for the installation of a wind turbine, it would not only assist you in the construction process by being an additional source of power but is also a great selling point to the client, illustrating your construction company’s green initiatives and commitment to completing the project at the lowest cost.
e. Solar Panels
✓ When choosing an alternative source of energy for your business, select solar panels that are made from recycled materials and not toxic ones.
✓ This type of solar panel is usually recyclable, which means it can be used to make more panels or other products.
✓ They also have a low impact on the environment in other ways: they use less energy than traditional solar cells, meaning you’ll save money on your electricity bill and improve the planet simultaneously!
✓ When you purchase solar power products, you’re helping protect our planet by reducing carbon emissions while also saving money through lower utility costs and reduced pollution from fossil fuel production methods used by other companies across the UK (and around the world).
f. Power Battery
✓ Using a backup-charged battery powered by solar power will allow you to continue the operations of smaller power tools during construction.
✓ There are various options available on the market, with some manufacturers even offering a version powered by water, instead of sunlight.
✓ Even though a power battery will not run all your construction activities, it will enable you to continue some form of work, when the power is out.
g. Construction Kits
✓ Your workers are exposed to dangers associated with the construction industry. Big earthmoving equipment, deep excavated holes, sharp pipes, and uneven territory are all part of working in construction.
✓ Therefore gearing your workers with well-designed workwear will protect them from sustaining injuries on-site.
✓ There are various companies manufacturing construction kits and workwear that are environmentally conscious.
✓ Your workers need to be comfortable in their attire and understand the importance of adopting green practices in their daily tasks.
✓ Whether you know a little, a lot, or nothing about green energy alternatives, you can reduce your business’s carbon footprint by being conscious of the energy consumption of your construction business.
✓ It’s always good to know what options are available for you to make the most of your time and money.
✓ Remember that many different types of green energy alternatives can be used in your business operations today—so take advantage and go green!