In February this year, in an effort to improve fuel consumption and community safety, Zip Signs added telematics to our fleet of service/installation vehicles which not only provides location data, it reports events such as idling, hard braking, rapid acceleration, and fast cornering. In April, Zip Signs completed an office lighting retrofit program replacing all fluorescent lighting with LEDs. This produced a 23% reduction in average daily electricity consumption and earned us a place in Burlington Hydro’s Conservation Hall of Fame. In November, we installed air curtains at four loading dock doors to reduce heat loss during winter months (results are pending). Also beginning in November, Zip Signs initiated a 90-day “steps challenge” incentive program encouraging staff to reach the goal of 10,000 steps per day for improved health and well-being and to choose walking over driving when possible.
2017 was Zip Signs’ inaugural year with the SBI. We collected four years of energy consumption data to begin tracking our GHGs in Verisae and will be setting a baseline and targets in 2018. We attended the Know Your Power event in October to learn about available incentives for energy retrofits in Burlington. As a member of SBI, Zip Signs has gained knowledge from SHB’s helpful staff and the learning events they have coordinated.
(all description taken from the 2017-2018 Annual Business Report)