Thursday, June 26, 2008

Helpful Tips for Reducing Carbon Footprint of Furniture Stores

There won’t be enough energy in the world since countries like Vietnam, China, and India are growing exponentially and are competing for the same energy as us. Everyone can attest to lately, as the demand for oil goes up, the prices follow. As a result, things are becoming financially stretched for everyone including furniture stores. The carbon footprint left behind in the furniture industry can be narrowed and not only will this help the environment, but it will also pass the savings on to the end consumer. Can a typical quality NJ furniture store, for example, really go green? Sure it can and here are some ways:

  • Install weather striping on all the doors in the furniture store, thus reducing a substantial amount of air that can get in or leak out.

  • Change the entire store’s lighting to fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent bulbs are almost three times as efficient as halogen. Not only will this make a dramatic difference in the energy efficiency but the energy savings will mount up rapidly and cover the higher initial cost of the fluorescent bulbs.

  • Encourage employees to carpool. Not only will carpooling save money, but it will also reduce traffic and most importantly save the environment.

  • Coordinate all of the delivery trips to minimize extra driving. This will save gas and time.

  • Use diesel trucks or better yet, use bio-diesel to run the delivery trucks. Pure bio-diesel reduces carbon monoxide emissions by more than 40%, hydrocarbons by more than 60%, and particulates by more than 40% according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Tune-up all the delivery trucks. Tune-ups drastically improve fuel efficiency.

Furniture stores can go green by following the above suggestions. All of the above suggestions add up.

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