Yes! While it may not seem like much to put the empty spaghetti box in the recycling bin or turn off the lights when you leave the room, the impact of your one small act does make a big difference. Really. We’ve asked the experts and here are just a couple of green factoids we found out.
One Small Act #1: Replace old bulbs with CFL bulbs
The Collective Impact: If every American home replaced just one light bulb with a light bulb that’s earned the ENERGY STAR, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, save about $600 million in annual energy costs, and prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars. (Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Star)
One Small Act #2: Pay bills online
The Collective Impact: If every American household used eBills and online bill pay, it could reduce solid waste in U.S. landfills by more than 800,000 tons a year and help curb the release of greenhouse gases by 2.1 million tons. This could also save an estimated 18.5 million trees a year! (Source: Javelin Strategy and Research)
And those are just two good reasons to go green! Want more simple tips on how you can make a big difference? Get the One Small Act app, powered by our friends at Practically Green.
If you’ve been pledging your One Small Act’s at onesmallact.greenisuniversal.com – thank you! But if you are interested in seeing the garden come to life in a real time live event and you live in Philadelphia, or nearby, come on down on Friday! Full details below, and please share!
Starting April 16 at 7am EST we’ll flip the lightswitch to begin a week of green NBCU programming, tips from our talent, and the first ever Green is Universal LIVE Earth Day event in Philadelphia.
This year we are growing digital gardens with the collective power of our one small acts. Throughout the week (and afterwards) you can grow a garden on your mobile device as you pledge to do one one small act. On Earth Day we will project on giant screens the power of one at the live event. As each person makes a pledge a flower blooms!
Which one small act will you pledge on Earth Day 2012?
- Power down your computer
- Turn out the lights when you leave a room
- Carpool one day a week
- Wash your clothes in cold water
- Join meat free Mondays and eat vegetarian once a week
- Use a reusable shopping bag
Stay tuned for more information about all the happenings next week!
See our favorite green news stories from the past week.
Check out the most exciting green news stories from this past week:
Some exciting things happening in the world of green. Check out our top picks:
Here are our favorite news stories about people and places that are moving closer to green.
If it’s good and green, it’s in our weekly roundup. Here are favorite stories from this past week:
Here are this week’s favorite green stories. Read and recycle (share).
It’s been an exciting week for the planet. Here are our fav eco-news stories: