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Going Green outside Your Home

July 27th, 2015

fast-haulMost of us are environmentally conscious and take pains to segregate our garbage and do whatever else we can do to protect our planet. Having a green home is great, but is it really enough? Does our responsibility end when we put the trash out for collection?It’s our trash and we have a duty to ensure that it is disposed of properly, not just removed from our homes. There are a number of Illegal and non-licensed trash haulers, not just in the Bay Area, but all over the country. All they want to do is get the trash away from your home so they can bill you. What happens to the trash is a big question. It often gets dumped at the first place the haulers come across, no matter where it is. Did you know that hazardous paints and chemicals that are being dumped into landfills are polluting the Bay water and posing a threat to not just the marine life but the whole environment? Being really green does not mean that we have to spend half our days visiting trash dumps, junkyards and recycling yards to do our bit. There is a much easier and far more effective way –Green Haulage.

It Is a Win-Win

Depending on the trash disposal site used, dumping charges in the Bay Area range from $75 to $135 per ton. Recyclable materials can be sold instead of being dumped and a good Green Haulage company will share this income with you, lowering your trash disposal costs. Financially, everyone wins. The reduced amount of trash being dumped means that landfills and disposal sites have a longer life. The frequency at which new sites have to be created is reduced, thereby preserving more space for us to live, work and play in.

It Is Safe

A large number of household items ranging from batteries to cell phones and computers contain highly toxic substances like cadmium, lead and mercury. These need specialized disposal to prevent the chemicals from leaching out and polluting the surrounding land. There are specialized disposal sites for this, but it is only a professional Green Haulage company that will use them to ensure that safe and proper disposal is done. The best ones will not even charge their clients extra for handling these hazardous materials.

The Importance of Using the Right Company

Your trash is your responsibility and you need a haulage service that will do the job reliably and dependably. That means it must work 7 days a week and have a variety of vehicles and other equipment to handle different loads and types of waste materials. It should maximize the amount of material that is recycled. It should be known for creating strong client relationships that are built on trust and dependability.

If you want to be a really good green citizen, check out the trash hauling company you use. Make sure it trulyembraces the green philosophy and has a proven track record of outstanding service. Ask for details of the operation and specifics on how and where different types of trash is disposed of. Trust a company that gives you clear and direct answers and stay away from those who cannot give you specifics.

Ref: http://www.fasthaul.com/

Tesla Taking Next Step In Green Living

May 29th, 2015

At Fast Haul, we are passionate when it comes to making our planet a better, cleaner place to live, which is why we dedicate our time to hauling off junk and making sure that it’s disposed of or recycled properly.  We’re not alone when it comes to having this passion for caring for Earth.  Tesla is one of the big names in the eco-friendly game nowadays; with their completely electric car taking the world by storm and revolutionizing the way people travel.  Just recently, they’ve decided to take the next step in eco-friendly lifestyle, shifting focus from your garage into the rest of your home.

Unveiling the Powerwall

With the goal of lessening the world’s dependency on oil and gas, Elon Musk revealed what he referred to as the “Powerwall” home battery.   At only 6 inches thick and easily mountable to a wall, it can store up to 10 kilowatt-hours (with a smaller 7 kilowatt-hour model) of electricity generated from solar panels and provide power for your home when you need it.  The battery itself looks very sleek and modern, consistent with the aesthetic of the Tesla vehicles, and utilized a similar lithium ion battery for energy storage.

How It Will Change Lives

Tesla MotorsWhile the average home electricity usage is greater in the morning and evening, the peak of solar energy generation is right in middle of the day.  Without a home battery, all of the energy that is being generated has nowhere to go, and usually is sold to power companies that can be bought and used later.

The Powerwall will allow people to store that energy and save it for exactly when they need it, whether it’s during their peak of energy usage in the evening, or even during emergencies if the power grid goes down.  It is also built to require little to no maintenance since it is completely automated.  Even the price point of $3000 – $3500 makes it more accessible to the average home.

Keep Going Green

Whether you upgrade to an electric car, use solar energy to power your home, or just making sure that your junk is recycled properly with Fast Haul, every little action can make a huge difference in the fight for a cleaner world.

Source:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/04/30/tesla-stationary-power/26653817/

Sustainability Tips for the Workplace

March 19th, 2015

tslgreen-buildingsOne of the main tenets of the movement towards creating a better environment is sustainability. As a society, we rely mainly on non-renewable resources like fossil fuels, earth mineral and metal ores for power. Extracting and using resources like these causes significant greenhouse gas pollution, which happens to be the biggest contributor to global warming.

Reducing your impact on the environment requires some significant changes in your home and personal life, but you can also change habits at the workplace to facilitate change.

Here are a few things you can do at work to cut your carbon footprint and contribute to a better environment:

- Replace normal incandescent light bulbs with more energy efficient CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs instead

- Make double-sided copies to reduce paper waste and printer use.

- Actively recycle all batteries and ink cartridges once they are depleted.

- Regulate thermostat use: keep heat set between 68-72 degrees during cold months, and turn heat down lower before leaving the room.

- Implement a recycling/compost program.

- Bring a personal reusable water bottle to fill up at the cooler, rather then going through countless plastic cups.

- Look for an Energy Star certification for any new appliances you might have to buy, like microwaves or refrigerators.

- Keep desks and furniture from blocking radiators.

- Utilize a power strip for all of your office electronics so you can switch it off for the weekend or days you wont be at your desk.

 

Sources:

http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/oes/residential-programs/green-tips-for-the-workplace/

https://www.luther.edu/sustainability/campus/energy-climate/conservation/savings/tips/

What To Do: Recycling Mattresses

March 9th, 2015

Mattresses_in_LandfillEasily one of the biggest eyesores you can come across in public, illegally discarded mattresses are seen far too often today. Whether it be in alleyways, vacant lots, or along the sides of the freeway, dumped mattresses have long been a thorn in the sides of public utility departments and pose some serious hazards to the general public.

While it’s far from okay to dispose of a mattress by leaving it on the side of the road, it’s easy to understand given the limited options available for resale and recycling. Lets face it, there is not much of a market for used mattresses, and in fact, a majority of donation centers will refuse mattresses unless they are nearly brand new. Heading to the landfill is an option, but not the most environmentally friendly one. Mattresses take up a lot of room (as much as 40 cubic feet) and the springs make it extremely difficult to compact. Most landfills will charge you an extra fee to deal with the added troubles of mattresses.

While the state of recycling mattresses seems grim, you need not worry. There are ways to dispose of an old mattress without resorting to the aforementioned tactics. Here are some of the things you can do with that old mattress:

  • If you feel the mattress is in decent enough shape for further use, you can offer it up for free on websites like Craigslist or Freecycle.
  • Look for specific mattress recycling centers like DR3 Recycling. They deconstruct mattresses by hand and are able to recycle 85-90% of it. Not in the Bay Area? Use this handy search tool from Earth911 to find recyclers near you.
  • If you have to tools and the time, you can opt to take your mattress apart and recycling the raw materials yourself. Check out the step-by step process you need to follow here.

Altamont Wind Farm to Power Google Offices in 2016

February 17th, 2015

Long time residents of the Bay Area are sure to be quite familiar with that Altamont Pass Wind Farm. The hills along Interstate 580 as you pass Livermore and head towards the Central Valley are dotted with massive wind turbines, erected as a result of the energy crisis of the 1970’s. The wind farm is one of the oldest and earliest examples of wind power, and at one time was the largest in the US.

altamontwindIf you are not familiar with the wind farm you might want to Google it, seeing as the Mountian View-based Internet giant is about to fund a massive equipment overhaul. As part of a 20-year power purchase agreement that will allow their home offices to be completely powered by the wind produced by the turbines, Google will oversee the replacement of over 700 older turbines and replace them with 48 new machines capable of producing twice the amount of energy.

This landmark deal means that beginning in 2016, 50% of the power (about 43 megawatts) produced by the wind farm will drastically lower Google’s carbon footprint, a goal the eco-friendly company has been working towards with the implementation of solar panel arrays and natural gas.

Besides the environmental and financial benefits that Google will reap, a few factors on the other side of the deal make this a win-win situation for NextEra Energy, the Florida-based company that owns and operates the turbines. Some of the biggest critic’s of the turbines were local conservation groups concerned with the staggering number of birds killed by them. It has been reported that thousands of birds, including eagles, raptors, and hawks, are killed every year by the turbines.

The Google deal is looked on as a major contributor to a 2010 deal that called to shut down all of the archaic turbines and replace them with newer, bird-friendly models.

Sources

http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_27503195/google-buys-altamont-wind-energy-power-googleplex

http://www.sfgate.com/green/article/New-Altamont-wind-turbines-aim-to-cut-bird-deaths-2526070.php

 
 
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