We’re just a few days from the official first day of summer, which means we’re approaching the height of the summer selling season!
You already know that the Rainier Team is committed to sustainability, so here are a few things to keep in mind as you talk with your potential customers who are concerned about being green:
Reduces the need for air conditioning
Using an awning or exterior screen to cool a home is more energy efficient than traditional air conditioning.
We participated in funding and research for an independent study which found that shading with a screen or awning can reduce cooling costs here in the Seattle area by over 60%!
Our exterior screens keep as much as 85% of the heat from the sun from cranking up the temperature in your customers’ living rooms.
Made in the USA
Nearly all of the components of our screens and awnings are manufactured in-house, so they’re not being imported from overseas. It’s estimated that about 25% of the total carbon footprint generated today comes from the movement of goods between international companies.
This is called “embedded emissions,” and it’s pretty interesting – Carbon Trust is the company leading the way in research on the topic, and you can read their article on embedded emissions here.
Rainier respects and protects the environment
And if your prospect still isn’t convinced, here are Rainier’s bragging points:
- We’re ISO 14001 certified – we have an sustainability plan in place, and keep track of 13 key measurements for our overall carbon footprint. Those are things like the quality of the air in our production facility and how our employees are getting to work (many of them regularly commute by bike!)
- We were the City of Tukwila’s #1 recycler in 2012! We recycled or composted 99 tons of waste (that’s 82% of the total waste generated!) in the first quarter of 2013.
And be sure to mention what you’re doing to go green, too!