Energy Efficiency for Earth Day
By: Energy Efficiency Program Manager Cory Fuehrer
Last year, as COVID-19 grew to occupy most of our daily thoughts, you probably didn’t realize April 22, 2020, marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Parades were cancelled. Tree plantings postponed. Almost every celebration went entirely digital for the first time in history.
Started by Senator Gaylord Nelson, a junior senator from Wisconsin on April 22, 1970, Earth Day draws attention to areas of deteriorating environmental conditions in the U.S. That first year, Earth Day inspired 20 million Americans (10% of the total U.S. population at the time) to take to auditoriums, streets, parks and fields to show concern for how we treat our planet. By 1990, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries. Even with most of last year’s activities being virtual, Earth Day continues to engage more than one billion people for the last several years and has become the premier event focused on sustaining our world.
Not sure if you can work Earth Day into your schedule this year? Consider why energy efficiency is one of the easiest and best ways to appreciate April 22, as well as every other day of the year:
- Energy efficiency is often the cheapest, quickest and cleanest way to meet our energy needs while reducing pollution and lowering utility bills.
- Energy efficiency supports clean energy policies and programs that boost other economic and employment opportunities.
- Energy efficiency supports a sustainable future by reducing the amount of energy needed to power our lives.
- Effectively managing our energy use helps minimize carbon emissions from fossil-fueled generation facilities.
- Energy efficiency often makes our homes and workspaces healthier, safer and more comfortable.
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), 24% of the energy used by Nebraska single-family homes could be saved through cost-effective efficiency improvements. That equates to $320.7 million in utility bill savings, including 15.6 trillion British thermal units per year in gas, propane and fuel oil and 1.6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.
Southwest Public Power District and Nebraska Public Power District want to help you make the most from the energy you need to run your life. Contact them or visit www.nppd.com if you would like more information on ways to incorporate energy efficiency into your day, as well as various EnergyWiseSM incentives that may be available to you for implementing energy efficient technologies.