The Power of One!

The Power of One

By: Glenn Maltais

One drop of water does not make an ocean, or one tree a forest. Yet, neither is possible without the power of one. Preserving our national resources, security, and economic viability also requires leveraging the power of one.

Thinking “green” via reducing, reusing and recycling consumer goods; being more aware of the products we buy and how they are made, or being more energy efficient, is not about sacrificing or going without. Thinking green is about being informed on how our actions (or lack thereof) impact national security, economic stability and the health of our planet, along with all its inhabitants.

However, if we are to make real progress, it is important we take a realistic approach. If each of us makes small adjustments, rather than expecting dramatic changes in habits and behavior, we can make real progress in reducing the 3.2 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions added each year to the 2,700,000,000 thousand tons of human-made carbon dioxide now in the atmosphere. Considering the U.S. at 4.6% of the world’s population produces 25% of it…we Americans can make a bigger difference than most!

Simple efficiency measures implemented on a wide-scale can make a world of difference, without drastic changes in lifestyle. In the course of a year, being energy conscience can save hundreds of dollars, for businesses, thousands.

Discover how one degree of change can do a world of good!

One Degree of Change – Simple

One Percent of U.S. Households – Significant

  • Reduce oil dependence by 194 million gallons of heating fuel
  • Save households $607 million in electricity and oil costs
  • Reduce pollution equal to 120,995 cars off the road for 1 yr.
  • Eliminate over 3 billion lbs. of CO2 greenhouse gases

When we reduce fossil fuel consumption, the benefits extend far beyond saving money; we also reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil & other fossil fuels, such as coal & natural gas. Less burning of fossil fuels also means fewer emissions of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane. And, less mercury, ozone (smog), nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, lead, & other pollutants that adversely affect human health & our environment.


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