Ozinga is committed to decreasing the environmental impacts on our communities through reducing energy use. As part of our ongoing efforts to lower the energy intensity of our facilities, we’re proud to announce our partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program and the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program.
The DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program is a national partnership initiative to drive significant improvement in energy efficiency across U.S. industry. Through the program, manufacturers set ambitious energy savings goals, develop energy management plans, and track and report their annual progress. Ozinga has committed to a 20% energy reduction over the next 10 years.
ENERGY STAR is a U.S. EPA-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Industrial sites participate by committing to the pre-established goal of reducing energy intensity by 10% within five years or less. We plan to meet our reduction goals through suggestions from plant managers, as well as energy tracking and benchmarking.
Ozinga is dedicated to monitoring and implementing best energy management practices across our operations wherever the results will be impactful and cost effective. Here are five easy ways you can join us on our quest to reduce our energy intensity and save energy at home:
- Replace the light fixtures and bulbs throughout your home with ENERGY STAR qualified lights, which last roughly 15 times longer than incandescent ones and use 70-90% less energy.
- Up to half your annual energy bill comes from heating and cooling costs. Installing a programmable thermostat and proper maintenance can save you $180/year.
- Buy ENERGY STAR-qualified home appliances, electronics, and homes.
- Find and seal any air leaks with insulation, weather stripping, and caulk. It could shave upwards of 10% off your annual energy bill.
- Use the Energy Star Home Energy Yardstick to see how else you can save.
Ozinga is using some of the tips above as well. We’re increasing our installation of LED retrofits, and our Mokena and Chinatown offices both have programmable thermostats. Plus, our McCook plant (pictured above) averages a 92% energy reduction with best practices—the largest reduction in the ComEd region.
Ozinga’s commitment to our communities extends beyond energy use to our products as well. From ready mix concrete to recycled materials to barging operations, we offer a variety of sustainable solutions for your business.