On September 21, 2008, the environmental challenge known as Zero Emissions Day, or “ZeDay”, began and has evolved into a worldwide movement that aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels for that day. It all started when founder Ken Wallace launched a website in Nova Scotia, Canada. The message was simple; “Give our planet one day off a year”. This worldwide movement aims to encourage the use of renewable energy sources and to “give the planet a day off” from emissions.
Simple ways to participate:
Ride your bike or walk instead of driving, but if you must, consider carpooling or taking the bus
Purchase food from your local farmer’s market. Locally produced items do not have to travel on planes, busses or trains to get to you
Purchase pre-owned items and reuse and recycle items from your home
Minimize your use of electricity unless it is from a renewable source
Make it fun by cooking over a fire and enjoying outdoor activities
Does reducing emissions really make an impact?
The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a Greenhouse Gases Equivalencies Calculator which shows the equivalencies for energy-related emissions reductions so each individual can see their impact as it relates to their lifestyle. Some of the different categories include:
Greenhouse Gas Emissions from:
Number of passenger vehicles driven for one year
Miles driven by an average passenger vehicle
CO2 Emissions from:
Gallons of gasoline consumed
Homes’ energy use for one year
Propane cylinders used for home barbecues
Number of smartphones charged
Greenhouse Gas Emissions avoided by:
Tons of waste recycled instead of landfilled
Wind turbines running for a year
Incandescent lamps switched to LED
Carbon Sequestered by:
Tree seedlings grown for ten years
Acres of US forests preserved from conversion to cropland in one year
How can I go green?
AEP Energy is committed to the environment. If you’re considering doing more than just celebrating ZeDay for 24 hours, you can select an environmentally-friendly alternative for your home or business’ electricity supply with ECO-Advantage®, our fixed rate renewable energy plan that matches 100% of your electricity usage with national Green-e® Energy certified, wind Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). Find a renewable plan that’s right for you!
And be sure to visit AEP Energy Reward Store, where you can find energy-efficient and connected-home products to help reduce your energy spend, lower emissions and save you money.
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