Do you run a business that requires the use of forklift trucks or scissor lifts? Want to know how you can save money and the environment at the same time? When your lifting equipment lease is up for renewal, think about changing to more environmentally friendly options.
It might be difficult to believe but there is quite a range of environmentally friendly forklifts now. Even if you only need it for a few days, you no longer need to go for the gas guzzling type with high emissions. Most companies now provide a battery-operated version that is very friendly when it comes to the environment.
Battery powered forklifts do not produce any harmful emissions or fumes and are extremely quiet to use. The battery itself acts as a counterbalance, making the forklift more manoeuvrable as well. Recharging the battery, which can be done overnight, costs a good deal less than filling up with gas or diesel, especially if you use a low rate electric tariff at night.
When the time comes to rent a forklift, check out this website for prices. And, don’t forget to ask what type of paint has been used your forklift. Many companies now use environmentally friendly powder coat paint, which reduces Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions by over 50%.
If you use scissor lifts in your day-to-day operations, again, you can look for a more environmentally friendly option. Unfortunately, you can’t get a battery-powered one – it wouldn’t have the power it needs – but you can opt for electric.
Electric scissor lifts are very quiet and produce zero emissions, unlike their diesel counterparts. If you have the right tariff, electric can also work out much cheaper than having to keep refilling with diesel. Another option though is the pneumatic scissor lift.
Pneumatic scissor lifts work off air pressure. As long as there is plenty of air available for the pneumatic scissor lift to compress, it will work anywhere and, as it produces no emissions, it is much cleaner. It also costs little to run, saving you a good deal of cash in the long run.
These are some of the options to consider when your scissor lift lease is up. This website provides some excellent information on price and use of the different types of scissor lift.
Doing it Alone
Of course, the most environmentally friendly method is not to use any type of machinery at all, especially that which runs on fuel. Unfortunately, that isn’t an option for many types of job because of time and safety.
All fuel-powered machinery emits some kind of emissions, it can’t be helped. To help save our precious environment, think hard about using alternate energy sources, such as electric or battery. Gradually, we are destroying our environment, not just through vehicle emissions but through the processes required to get us the fuel to run those vehicles. Eventually it will run out and our world will end up as nothing more than a giant parking lot for vehicles that have no way of running. Do your bit today.