Since 2007, IWC has chosen to fight global warming through the purchase of enough Green-E certified renewable energy credits to offset the carbon dioxide created by all of our company's electricity and natural gas use. IWC is committed to supporting renewable energy, our REC purchases encourage further development of the renewable energy market.
How RECs Work
It's impossible to pipe renewable energy from wind farms and other renewable energy projects directly to our manufacturing facility. We use electricity from the national power grid and that has the same mix of energy as everybody else, and this mix has a small percentage from renewables. The difference is that by paying a bit more, we ensure that the electricity we use from the grid gets replaced back onto the grid with renewable energy, which makes the energy mix cleaner for everyone.
Why RECs and Carbon Offsets are Important
By purchasing RECs, IWC is making a commitment to sustainability and to lead by example. Our commitment helps:
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages organizations to buy green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with purchased electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,300 Partner organizations voluntarily purchasing billions of kilowatt-hours of green power annually.
IWC has achieved inclusion in the US Environmental Protection Agency's Green Supplier Network. View the EPA site for more infomation.www.greensuppliers.gov
Our plant uses F-Bay fluorescent lighting. These high efficiency lights consume 30% less energy than traditional metal halide lighting while maintaining 89.1% foot candle output (compared to metal halide’s 70%) over the life of the bulbs, which is a 20% longer lifespan.
IWC's winter heating is handled by IR heaters. IR heaters use approximately 25% less energy than conventional forced air heating methods.
In the winter we warm our facility with the heat from our equipment. The air compression systems which drive all of the pnematic tools throughout the IWC plant generate a considerable amount of heat. This heat is vented inside the building during the winter months, saving us thousands of dollars on winter heating costs.