Our Commitment to Sustainability: Renewable Energy
The "Net-Zero Energy" Project: Design a 100% on-site green energy system to manufacturer our green bedding.
Since we manufacture GREEN bedding using only renewable and sustainable materials, it made good sense for us to come full-circle and install our own green energy system. Our goal was to design and install a 100% on-site renewable energy system, and we’re proud to say “mission accomplished.”
We are now what’s called a "Net Zero Energy Building", and there aren't too many commercial buildings that can make that claim. In fact, to our knowledge we're the only green organic bedding manufacturer who has made the commitment to make our products with 100% on-site green energy.
First we made sure we were highly energy-efficient with appliances, lighting and Geo-Thermal HVAC, R-25+ Insulation and Reflective Foil in our ceilings and walls. Next we designed a system that uses both solar and wind to generate power that would meet and exceed our energy needs. The system was completed in early 2011, and we've been using ZERO kWh ever since.
Our system produces 89,400 kWh annually (89,400,000 Watt Hours). Of that we use approximately 84,000 kWh per year. We've opted for net-metering which means the excess energy we generate goes back to the power company.
All of our CozyPure® organic bedding and mattresses are handcrafted one at a time in Norfolk, Virginia using only the finest natural, renewable, sustainable materials available.
We love that the sewing machines used to make our organic cotton "green" blankets are powered by clean "green" energy. That our bright lights illuminate our work spaces without any help from carbon-intensive fuels. The computers we use are powered as naturally as the majestic Chesapeake Bay across the street from our building.
Even our supply-chain is impressive... 70% of our raw materials come from producers who also use solar energy. And our box supplier uses 100% post-consumer recycled content saving 50,000 trees every day and diverting 9,900 cubic yards of waste out of landfills daily.
Our electric is grid-connected with Net-Metering, which basically means we recycle our energy by putting our excess unused electricity back into the power grid for others to use, otherwise it would be wasted.
We don't just talk... we walk the talk.
For those who like details, below are the break-down specs of our system:
The CozyPure® green energy system prevents an estimated 148,503 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.