Maaco Auto Body and Paint of Fremont has been named a 'Community Hero' by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for its participation in a groundbreaking energy conservation program. As a way to conserve energy, Maaco-Fremont voluntarily allows PG&E to remotely turn off its air conditioning when demand spikes.
In its thank you letter, PG&E said that Maaco-Fremont's participation in the program helped "ensure the grid's reliability for communities across California. . . When less electricity is generated from fossil fuel plants during peak times, fewer greenhouse gases are produced. This means cleaner air for everyone."
PG&E reports that the program has saved enough energy to power 84,000 homes.
This is not the first time that Maaco-Fremont has embraced a green cause.
“In addition to our participation in the PG&E program we work to continually improve our processes and reduce our impact on the environment,” says Frank Barnard of Maaco-Fremont.
Their efforts began in 2007 when they converted their facility to have ultra-efficient lighting. The following year they installed new paint booths with super-efficient filtering to keep 99.5+ percent of paint pollutants from escaping into atmosphere and converted to low VOC paints to reduce smog causing chemicals.
In 2009 Maaco-Fremont introduced latest "waterborne" paints in their "Factory Platinum" line to virtually eliminate VOCs with the best paints in the industry and the following year they converted 90 percent of the primer processes from sprayed-on to rolled-on. Process change reduced VOCs, health hazards to employees and waste streams
This year they have converted landscaping to drought tolerant plants to eliminate need for watering.
Maaco-Fremont encourages everyone to do their part in protecting the environment. For more information visit www.pge.com.
For more information about Maaco Auto Body and Paint of Fremont, call (510) 745-9770 or visit them online at www.fremont-maaco.com. Maaco-Fremont is located at 37414 Centralmont Place, Fremont, CA 94537.