Three ways you can Help Our Environment Today
Helping our environment is something most of us agree is very important, but what is the most pratical way we as individuals can do this? We hear about climate change from politicians, with talk about regulations, joining various groups with other countries, and enacting legislation to reduce the harmful effects of our actions, but what can we do to more directly help our environment? Here are 3 things you can do today that will reduce pollution and improve the health of our environment.
Eliminate Single Use Plastic from Your Life
- Use your own washable dishes and glasses. If you are getting coffee, a drink of water at the airport, or going on a trip or hike, bring your own reusable container. ATI Electrical Supply gives away free Yeti tumblers to all our employees to use instead of disposable plastic bottles, knowing that each one we give away saves pounds of plastic from entering our environment.
- Bring your own washable straw. This is super easy and will eliminate hundreds of plastic straws a year. When finished, just put the straw in the dishwasher or rinse it out, and it’s ready to go again. Fold up rubber straws and take them with you! When eating out, be sure to tell the restaurant not to bring you a straw, unless it is made of paper.
- Use paper or cardboard to pack products. ATI Electrical Supply uses a machine that recycles cardboard into packaging material to pack all its products. Not only will this reduce the amount of cardboard in the recycling bin which saves money - recycled cardboard is a great packaging material that our customers can also use to package their products.
Use LED Lighting Whenever Possible
LED lighting is one of the most efficient ways to light a room, office or warehouse today. The average LED uses between 10 and 25% of the wattage needed for the similar light output of an incandescent bulb. In addition to the money saved through reduced energy usage, LED lighting reduces the amount of power generation needed to light your home or office. An average warehouse uses about 10 lumens per square foot. Each lumen is equal to about 15 watts, so a 10,000 square foot warehouse requires 100,000 lumens, or 1.5 million watts. Using LED equivalent lights, we can reduce that usage to 300,000 watts. In addition to cost savings, LED lights last 25 times longer than equivalent incandescent bulbs, which reduces the waste created by throwing away burned out bulbs.
ATI provides cable assemblies for lighting loads to the entertainment industry, and we have seen the impact of the growing use of LED’s through the assemblies we build that use stage pin type connectors. 5 years ago, 100A and 60A assemblies were very popular. Today, we rarely build stage pin assemblies that are greater than 20 amps.
Make Your Next Car an Electric One
ATI Electrical Supply prides ourselves in taking the practical steps everyday to help our environment. Whether it be reusable containers, using LED lighting or driving electric cars and trucks, we are committed to preserving the earth we so love and enjoy. To learn more about ATI’s products and services, visit us at www.atielectrical.com.