Conservation

Leggett & Platt continues to aggressively pursue conservation opportunities through the company. We control the cost of finished goods using the best practices to ensure that our customers receive the finest products at competitive costs, with the least impact on the environment. Energy teams at many Leggett & Platt locations serve as a conscience for conservation to our employee-partners.

Water Conservation

Leggett & Platt converted its washer process from high-temperature, multi-stage systems to a low-temperature solution by changing the water chemistry. The new process has reduced both energy and water usage, eliminated landfill requirements, and increased production through-put. Many facilities have switched to closed loop cooling towers and chillers instead of open cooling systems.

Compressed Air Optimization

Industrial and manufacturing operations typically require compressed air for process and assembly purposes. Leggett & Platt’s compressed air optimization program has reduced the company's overall demand of electricity by removing unneeded electric motor load while increasing operational efficiency. Leggett & Platt has been utilizing outside companies to conduct air leak studies and review our current systems.

Lighting Retrofits

Most of the Leggett & Platt manufacturing and warehousing facilities use high-efficiency lighting systems that have reduced lighting energy consumption by almost 50% and improved light levels.

Fuel Reduction

Leggett & Platt maintains a fleet of over-the-road tractor-trailers with sleeper cabs. The majority of these tractors now use auxiliary power units that provide HVAC and power to the cab in lieu of idling the trucks' massive engines. The APU program has reduced diesel fuel consumption and maintenance requirements. Trailer skirts and tails have also been added to the L&P fleet.

 

Other Energy-Reduction Programs

Other initiatives that have reduced our need for energy include boiler improvements, low-temperature and eco-friendly metal-cleaning processes, power-conditioning initiatives, and increasing automation controls. Leggett & Platt's energy conservation program has saved over 200 billion BTUs per year. This is the equivalent of:
Greenhouse gas emissions from 7,875 passenger vehicles
CO2 emissions from:
  • 4.9 million gallons of gasoline
  • 100,000 barrels of oil
  • 5,695 homes

 

Raw Materials

Many Leggett & Platt facilities are now testing oil instead of changing it based on a regular schedule. They are also rebuilding parts as much as possible instead of purchasing new parts.