RISMEDIA, April 12, 2011-April 22, 2011 marks the 41st Earth Day, and celebrations and events will take place throughout the entire month of April all over the world. During Earth Month 2011, people are encouraged to help the environment by reducing pollution, protecting nature, and lowering their own personal environmental impact. Green Mountain Energy Company, one of the nation's leading competitive retail providers of cleaner energy, offers the following eco-tips that are easy for consumers to implement and make a difference for the environment.
Since 1997, Green Mountain has stood by its unique environmental mission-"to change the way power is made." Nearly 14 years later, the company remains 100% committed to this mission.
Involve all family members to learn how to make small changes inside and outside of the home. Green Mountain Energy Company suggests these simple eco-tips for Earth Month.
-Switch to cleaner electricity for your home. The production of electricity is the leading cause of industrial air pollution, but by using clean energy, customers can reduce their share of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and feel good about making a difference.
-Plant a tree. A single tree can absorb up to 2,000 pounds of CO2 over its lifetime, while also providing shade and animal habitat.
-Send e-cards. Go online and send an e-card instead of printed greeting cards to save paper and CO2 emissions associated with mailing and shipping.
-Use all-natural decoration. Buy colorful fruits and vegetables as centerpieces throughout the home. Then when they ripen, find a new recipe to enjoy them with.
-Use the real thing. Instead of using paper and plastic dinnerware, use real plates, bowls, and silverware. Not only does it decrease waste, but it looks nicer, too.
-Seal your house up. Caulking and weather stripping around doors, windows and other cracks can prevent air leaks and save on your heating and cooling bills.
-BYOB. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. It takes one 15- to 20-year-old tree to make enough paper for 700 grocery bags.
-Pay bills online. Save paper and money on stamps. If every family in the United States viewed and paid bills online, the country would save almost a billion pounds of paper and avoid 3.9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
-Practice green gift wrapping. Use old maps or newspaper and reuse gift bags to be more eco-conscious around birthdays and the holidays.
-Live every day like it's Earth Day. Take a pledge as a household to practice sustainability every day of the year. Put these simple tips to use to help the environment, decrease monthly electricity bills and make a positive impact in the community.
The History of Earth Day:
1. When did Earth Day start in the U.S.?
20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970.
2. Why did it start?
Senator Gaylord Nelson wanted the environment to be a higher priority for the American people and politicians.
3. When did Earth Day go global?
People from 140 countries participated in the 20th anniversary of Earth Day in 1990.
4. What is Earth Day like today?
Earth Day has turned into a month-long celebration when people all over the world attend events, participate in helping the Earth and put the environment at the top of their priority lists.
For more information, visit www.GreenMountain.com.
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