This month is National Energy Action Month, and the Postal Service is continuing to champion the cause of going green. Using low and no cost methods to reduce energy has saved USPS $22 million alone in 2011 through 1,000 energy reduction projects. It has also reduced energy use by more than 25 percent since 2003.
Working towards a more environmentally friendly world begins on the local level. Switching off lights when not in use, shutting down computers when away for extended periods of time, and using more energy efficient light bulbs are just a few ways to reduce costs without breaking the bank. Many opportunities to reduce energy consumption come at the inexpensive price of simply being aware of how to use resources more efficiently.
The Postal Service has specific goals to help reduce costs and improve efficiency even further including:
- Reduction of facility energy use by 30 percent by 2015,
- Reduction of water usage by 10 percent by 2015,
- Diversion of 50 percent of solid waste from landfills by 2015, and
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020.
Everyone plays an important role in reducing costs and protecting the environment. The Postal Service will continue to encourage employees to find even more ways to help make its environmental footprint even smaller.
What other green suggestions do you have for reducing energy use and landfill waste?