Pakenham Toyota is continually striving to find innovative ways to help look after our environment. Our environmental philosophy is:
Start where you are
Use what you can
Do as much as possible
We make every effort to minimise the impact we are having on our environment, whilst giving back as much as we can through our activities, to the community.
Some initiatives we have implemented:
- 127 individual solar panels capturing the natural sunlight that Pakenham enjoys so much! This system is capable of producing enough energy to make our need almost self-sustaining, returns unused energy to the grid, and reduces our Greenhouse Gas Emissions by almost 100,000 tonnes per year!
- Segregation of general waste through specified bins. We separate our general waste from our recyclable paper, cardboard, and plastics. This reduces our demand on local landfills.
- Our waste oil and waste oil filters are collected by an EPA licenced contractor and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
- Scrap metal is recycled and turned into new products by local contractors.
- We harvest natural rain water through our roof space and tanks, using this to clean your vehicle each and every time!
- We have swapped traditional light switches in our low traffic areas such as toilets, to occupancy sensor lighting. This reduces the time in which lighting in these low occupancy areas are on, effectively reducing our power consumption.
We aim to take advantage of as many natural resources as we can during each and every day. The design of our building incorporates:
- Installed whirly bird units on our workshop to reduce hot air and evacuate fumes.
- Make active use of roller doors to ensure natural air flow, decreasing the demand on air-conditioning systems.
- Our walls are insulated to keep the premises on an even temperature.
- Replaced our yard lighting with energy efficient LED spot lights.
- Installed Blinds in our showroom to keep the inside temperature consistent and cool.
We have also introduced some great recycling programs and invite you to bring any of the below items with you when you visit us. We are more than happy to recycle them on your behalf!
We now recycle:
- Small household batteries (common sizes A, B, C and 9Volt are all accepted)
- Glasses (both prescription and sun) these are sent to an organization in Queensland who refurbish and distribute them to those less fortunate both within Australia and overseas
- Printer cartridges
- Mobile Phones (these are sent to the Humane Society and funds raised are used to support the endangered mountain gorillas in the Congo)
- We are also the local drop-off point in our community for plastic bottle tops. These are collected and sent to Envision, where they are turned into prosthetic limbs for children!
Waiting for your vehicle? Our wonderful Guest Experience manager Diane will be more than happy to make you one of her amazing coffee’s and while you are enjoying your coffee………
We now have a book exchange operating in our waiting area! Our bookshelves contain pre-loved Books, DVDs and board games
These have been kindly donated to us so why not grab a board game and challenge someone to a game while you wait!
You are also more than welcome to take a book from our shelf, enjoy it while you wait and then take it home with you to read at your leisure!
If you have any pre-loved books, DVDs or games at home, you are more than welcome to pop in and donate them to us.
All excess books, DVDs and games are donated to local charities in our area.
We have introduced a weekly email, sent out to all our staff, that gives an environmental fact or tip to encourage all our staff to be more environmentally aware.
These are also shared on our Facebook page so why not join us on Facebook and have a look
Driving change to help our Environment
Pakenham Toyota actively support, practise and encourage the principles of Eco-Driving. Eco-Driving focus on smooth and efficient driving habits. It aims to prolong the life of your vehicle through good maintenance, decrease stress levels associated with stop/start driving habits, decrease excess fuel consumption, further decreasing emissions and the demand for natural resources.
Close your windows on the Freeway
If you’re driving at high speeds on the freeway, having windows open increases drag, which cuts your fuel economy. Just closing your windows at speed can cut your fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 10%.
Share your car
71% of us still get to work by car. One way to cut emissions per person and fuel bills by 50% is to add another passenger.
Get into Second and Fourth fast
Getting into higher gears as early as possible is a good idea as they are more economical for fuel consumption.
Don’t stop if you can help it
Roll towards queues – never rush to join them. Look beyond the car in front of you and anticipate changes at traffic lights. Safety is paramount, so don’t take risks, just avoid unnecessarily coming to a halt. This saves on fuel and emissions.
Accelerate gently, brake gently
Accelerating and braking smoothly can cut your emissions significantly.
Go easy on the air conditioning
Using air conditioning unnecessarily adds 5% to your CO2 emissions.
Keep tyres pumped
Under-inflated tyres increase your emissions by 3%, so it’s worth the effort to check your tyres.
Clean junk out of the boot
A heavier car means heavier fuel consumption. Clear out the clutter from your boot – anything that’s not needed for daily trips.
Good driving is eco-driving
You can get there just as quickly and save fuel and CO2 emissions by driving smoothly and at efficient speed.
Ditch the roof rack
A roof rack increases resistance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Store it in the garage when it’s not being used.