Manufacturing takes a lot of energy. We’re not talking a couple of extra Kilowatts here or there, but hundreds of Kilowatts being used at any moment.
Unlike your home, when you reach the level of needing hundreds of Kilowatts to be piped to your business, you no longer pay per Kilowatt at a fixed rate. Instead, you pay what’s called a peak rate charge. The power company figures out what is the highest amount of power you draw from the grid and then charges the business a rate based on that amount for the whole day.
Traditionally, almost all of this power would have been from coal-fired power plants. We now know that these coal-fired power plants aren’t that great for the environment or that cheap to run. At the same time, renewable power has become cheaper and cheaper. It represents a low-cost way of meeting some of the power demanded by manufacturing, as well as a means of reducing the peak rate charge.
Page has always been at the forefront of technology. Investigating and investing in new technologies that are more efficient in their use of material, energy, and time. 2015 was no different. Page investigated and installed 200kW of rooftop solar panels on its factory at Pomona, Queensland.
The result was instant, a 40% reduction in power use annually. This reduction in power use means that annually, 22,000 tonnes of CO2 was saved from being released into the atmosphere. There is also the added benefit of a significant cost reduction in the price of power, which is passed directly on to Page Furnishers customers.
By always seeking to do things better, Page is demonstrating that by doing the right thing, it doesn’t cost the earth.