Unplug appliances or electronic devices when not in use. According to
the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), 75 percent of the electricity
used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are
When shopping for new appliances, look for the Environmental
Protection Agency’s Energy Star label. Energy Star appliances use
between 10 and 50 percent less energy and water than their
According to Energy Star, replacing light bulbs with one of its
qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs will save about $30 over its
lifetime and pay for itself in about 6 months because it uses 75
percent less energy and lasts about 10 times longer than incandescent
Install a programmable thermostat which automatically adjusts your
home’s temperature to your schedule, keeping it comfortable only when
you need it to be.
Seal any small cracks and gaps where air is leaking into and out of
your home. Energy Star estimates improving insulation and sealing
leaks could potentially save homeowners 10 percent on their annual
According to the DOE, keeping a car in tune and maintained can improve
its gas mileage by an average of four percent.
POMPANO BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
October is Energy Awareness Month, which, according to the White House,
acknowledges the importance of energy for the good of “our national
prosperity, security, and environmental well-being.”
Waste Management of Florida, Inc. is encouraging residents to make
simple energy efficiency improvements around their homes:
Waste Management thinks green every day and has taken the industry lead
in developing environmentally friendly technologies.
“Most people know us as a waste and recycling company, but many aren’t
aware that we’re also a producer of renewable energy,” said Dawn
McCormick of Waste Management of Florida, Inc.
One process the company utilizes is landfill-gas-to-energy, a renewable
energy source like wind and solar and endorsed by the Environmental
Protection Agency as an alternative to fossil fuels. As waste naturally
decomposes inside a landfill, gases are captured and piped to a
processing facility where it is filtered, decompressed and used to power
either an engine or turbine resulting in clean electricity for the
In Florida, Waste Management operates the Monarch Hill
landfill-gas-to-energy plant in Broward County which generates 12
megawatts or enough to power 10,000 homes.
“Together with our 15 waste-to-energy plants, including three in Florida
that power more than 89,000 homes per day, our waste-based energy
offsets the use of 23.5 million barrels of oil,” McCormick said.
The company also works to lower the emissions of its fleet of trucks.
Waste Management of Florida has more than 175 compressed natural gas
(CNG) vehicles serving customers and has four CNG fueling stations,
including one in Pompano Beach which is open to commercial and municipal
“For every diesel truck we replace with a natural gas one we see an
average annual reduction of 8,000 gallons of diesel and 22 metric tons
of greenhouse gases,” McCormick added.
ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of
comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our
subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource
recovery, and disposal services. We are the largest residential recycler
and also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and
landfill-gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. Our customers
include residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers
throughout North America. To learn more visit www.wm.com.
Dawn McCormick, 954-226-9894
Source: Waste Management