Happy Earth Day!

 

Happy Earth Day! Did you know that today marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day? That just means that this is the perfect time to begin taking steps to help make the environment a better one.

Here are a few “Acts of Green” for you and your family to do today and start incorporating daily:

  •  Plant a tree. Trees improve air quality by filtering harmful dust and pollutants such as carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide from the air we breathe.
  • Bike, walk, jog or carpool whenever possible. When greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles are released into the air, they cause air pollution and harm to the ozone layer.
  • Make your home an Energy Star. Performing an energy audit on your home regularly can help lower energy bills. For a complete checklist of how to perform an energy audit, please visit http://bit.ly/HomeEnergyAudits.
  • Utilize reusable bags when shopping. Keep them in your car and near doors so that they can be easily reached when you are on the go. Plastic bags are not biodegradable and can take anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to decompose. If you only have a few items, skip the bag altogether and carry them instead.
  • Swap out incandescent light bulbs in your home for compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulbs. CFLs use less electric power and can last up to 10 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs.

One way that we’re doing our part is by utilizing our energy expertise to make a difference in people’s lives by donating up to $100,000 to nonprofits through its Reduce Your Use For Good program. Nonprofits are encouraged to create a short video about the good work they do in the community and submit it to www.reduceyouruseforgood.com for a chance to win a $2,500 grant.