In recent years, the word “eco” has been applied to a vast array of products in almost every market. But what does it really mean? With no official regulations on what can be deemed “eco” and a general confusion as to what defines it, can we really trust manufacturers to tell us the truth about their products’ eco-credentials? Or are we being hoodwinked by a “greenwash” of nature logos, meaningless statistics and clever marketing ploys?
At Boss Cabins, we have thought long and hard about what makes a welfare unit “eco”. We believe there should be a significant measurable reduction in fossil fuel consumption, namely diesel, accompanied by a lowered level of polluting emissions. In addition, cabin design should be as sustainable as possible with a prolonged life of both chassis and generator. Claims must be proven with solid scientific calculations and repeated testing.
With this in mind, we constantly strive to develop genuinely ground-breaking products that are truly beneficial to the industry, to the consumer and of course to the environment. With our Eco Ultimate advanced electrical system, we have achieved a massive and unrivalled leap forward in energy efficiency, cutting diesel use by a staggering 50-75% and halving the size of generator required. An extra bonus is that generator run-time is decreased, extending the life of the equipment significantly. Add in our exclusive stainless steel rust-proof build (guaranteed for 25 years but will actually last a lifetime) and you have what is undoubtedly THE most “eco” cabin on the market.
Therefore, it’s a little infuriating when other manufacturers confuse the marketplace by making unsubstantiated claims for eco-gimmicks that have little real benefit when applied to welfare cabins – in particular, the solar panel. At first glance, the addition of a solar panel to a unit seems very eco-friendly… but scratch beneath the surface and what tangible advantages are there? Does it cut fossil fuel consumption in any meaningful way? Does it reduce emissions?
Unfortunately in our experience, the evidence doesn’t stack up. The size of the panel that can be mounted on a cabin is only capable of trickle-charging the battery. The cabin still requires a generator for all its major functions such as hot water, appliances and heating as these have a high-power consumption. While the generator is powering these, it is also charging the battery making the solar panel virtually superfluous, especially in the gloomy UK climate. Of course, in some circumstances the trickle-charge can be beneficial in preventing battery deep discharge, but in normal use the panel is really just there for show and produces minimal reduction in fuel consumption or emissions.
So in short, don’t believe the eco-hype. We think the welfare industry deserves better – an honest approach and real trailblazing eco-innovations. Ask your manufacturer for proof of their “eco” cabin claims. If they can’t supply it, then maybe they should take their solar panels and stick them where the sun don’t shine.
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