Southwest Airlines is now testing a variety of environmental friendly materials on a refurbished “green plane” that could result is major savings for the company. The materials could result in about $10.3 million in fuel costs if the concept is rolled out fleet wide.
The Boeing 737-700 plane typically costs about $40 million before it was refurbished to be “green”. The environmentally friendly products will placed in various portions of the cabin such as the carpet, seat covers, and life vest pouches. The products will save about 5 pounds per seat, totally a 472 pound weight loss in the entire plane. The lighter the plane the greater the loss in fuel costs.
The materials will be tested for six months to ensure how they will hold up and to gage the response from costumers. At the present time the company is unsure how long it will be until these eco-friendly materials are added to the entire Southwest fleet.
Grosh’s Lawn Service has been named a finalist in Total Landscape Care magazine’s 2010 Landscaper of the Year. This annual program recognizes 12 finalists nationwide whom exemplify the highest standards of landscape professionals. The finalist and their guests will enjoy an all-expenses-paid, four day cruise to the Bahamas where they will be recognized as the best in business during a gala banquet aboard the cruise, and one finalist will come home as the 2010 Landscaper of the Year. Grosh’s Lawn Service is a family owned and operated full service lawn and landscaping company which has been in business since 1990, and has been an accredited business since 2009.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. has been awarded $200 million in federal stimulus money for installation of “smart” meters that help customers manage electricity usage. The smart meters are projected to reduce peak electricity usage by as much as one-third and significant savings on monthly electricity bills. When fully executed, BGE’s Smart Grid program will be one of the most advanced in the nation and include the installation of 2 million residential and commercial smart meters. BGE has been an accredited business since 1940.