Packages have been associated with excitement since the beginning of time. Think of Santa Claus bringing presents down the chimney, Moses arriving down the river in a basket, the surprise attack of a Jack in the Box—there’s no disputing that packages are great. However, in most of these situations, we are usually more excited by the contents of the package rather than the packaging itself. And as an OWC customer, you know that is case when you receive a package from OWC too—the smell of a new hard drive in the morning, the slow unzipping of your new iFolio—receiving your anticipated OWC products does indeed make one’s day. But when receiving a package from OWC, you should also be excited about the packaging itself. Why? Well, over the next few weeks, we will look at some of the improvements OWC has recently made to our packaging to make it even better! Article Continues…
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Odds are your kids will come home from school today with a globe made out of either macaroni, paper mache, or just a pile of glitter (which will show up for weeks in your bedding, on your TV remote, and in your cereal bowl). This means that either your child’s teacher has an affinity for sphere-shaped crafts OR it could be Earth Day (which it is…don’t let your five year old show you up with national holiday knowledge!). But Earth Day is about so much more than crafts—it’s about recognizing the importance of protecting our environment.
Earth Day was started in 1970—the year of bellbottoms, the breakup of The Beatles (still upsetting), lava lamps, and long hair. OWC was started in 1988, and the world was slightly different—there was more spandex, larger hair, bolder colors, and things were “radical”. And although hair (and lots of it) seems to be a theme for both the birth year of Earth Day and of OWC, we have more than just that in common. Article Continues…
Aside from our Platinum Certified green headquarters in Woodstock, Illinois, OWC also strives to make products that have a minimal environmental impact. And a new feature shared with media and attendees at this year’s International CES exhibit – the 2013 International CES Green Guide – recognizes some of OWC’s “green” innovations.
Among the products featured in the 2013 International CES Green Guide are the Newer Technology Power2U AC/USB Wall Outlet and the NuGreen LED Desk Lamp. The Power2U was featured for its Smart Power design only that outputs enough charging power required by the attached device and spring-loaded Safety Shutters that turn power off to the USB ports to eliminate “vampire” energy draw when a connecting cable is removed.
The NuGreen also was highlighted for its efficiency. The NuGreen uses only 3.6 watts total power, saving both money and the environment. The NuGreen’s LEDs last up to 45,000 use hours – up to 22 times longer than tradition bulbs – and can be recycled because they contain no mercury.
The International CES Green Guide a self-guided tour of each exhibit hall to highlight the green and environmentally-friendly products, and OWC is one of just a handful of companies out of thousands in attendance to be featured. The technology-related trade show began Jan. 8 and runs through Jan. 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.
We’re mighty proud of our LEED Platinum Certified headquarters, especially our on-site Wind Turbine, which, under optimal conditions, can produce up to 125 million Kilowatt-Hours of energy in a year. Unfortunately, until we manage to build a weather machine to keep a steady breeze blowing 24/7, 365 days a year, there are just going to be days when the turbine just doesn’t turn.
That mostly is an exception though. Thanks to the turbine, besides producing enough power to fulfill the usage needs of our entire facility including a data center, we often are a net energy producer and supply others in our area with energy via the wind. In the first quarter of 2012, we produced 291,719kWh of electricity, which was 3% more than the 282,335kWh we consumed. As recently as October, we produced 92,367kWh versus 66,802kWh consumed, with that 38% net energy production being put back on the grid to power, on average, a neighborhood of about 40 homes.
While the wind isn’t always blowing, our agreement with Excelon to supply us with REC’s (Renewable Energy Certificates, each of which effectively represent 1 megawatt of energy) ensures that when the power needs to flow the other direction, it was generated by another wind turbine located elsewhere. This way, even when wind conditions aren’t optimal at our location, the energy we’re using still effectively comes from a green, renewable, emissions-free source.
To learn more about OWC’s wind turbine and all of our high-efficiency, LEED facility aspects, visit our “Green” page.
We’re now definitely in the throes of Spring. It’s getting warmer out. Days are definitely getting longer. The robin that smacked into my bedroom window at 7am every morning for the past month must have made itself a nest somewhere else and is likely raising a brood of window-smacking offspring. It’s the magic of this time of year. As for us, it gets us in a “green” mood—one that’s enhanced by the spirit of Earth Day, which was this past Sunday, so we figured it was a good time to bring you up-to-date on some of our “green” initiatives.
In case this is your first exposure to OWC, or you haven’t read about founding principles here on the blog, Team OWC is very “green” minded. From our LEED Platinum Certified headquarters to our Vestas V39 Wind Turbine, and just about everywhere in between, we do our best to keep our operation as Earth-friendly as possible 365 days a year. Not being ones for just resting on past accomplishments, here’s just a sample of some of our newest initiatives and results. Article Continues…