The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program has launched a pledge project designed to draw awareness on the part of individuals to change their ways and adopt more energy conscious practices. The pledge asks individuals to commit to replacing items in your office or home ranging from light bulbs to appliances and office equipment that carry the Energy Star label to reduce energy consumption. Retrofitting with added insulation is another improvement to consider.
According to the current statistics 2,655,126 individuals have joined the cause and pledged to take small, individual steps that have led to reducing 8,842,303,899 lbs. of greenhouse gas emissions in the fight against climate change.
I want to applaud my fellow employees for taking the Energy Star pledge and committing to reducing their energy consumption. The EPA estimated that the value of the pledges received by CertainTeed/Saint-Gobain so far equates to more than $1.5 million in energy savings.
You, too, can get involved as an individual or a company and be a part of this national campaign. Get your company involved by going to Energy Star’s Join our Movement . To register as an individual go to Take the Pledge.
This type of awareness is a good starting point to encourage everyone to look at ways to reduce their energy consumption and become more conscious of how they use energy. We can all do our part.
Lucas Hamilton is Manager, Building Science Applications for CertainTeed Corporation