For Immediate Release:
SAINT PAUL, MN – In 1970, the first Earth Day mobilized 20 million Americans and launched the modern environmental movement. It rallied people from all walks of life and led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.
Forty-three years later, the annual Earth Day celebration on April 22 is a chance to rekindle passion for a healthy environment. It reminds us all of how easy it is to conserve energy, save money, and improve our environment.
“On Earth Day, we are reminded to take care of our planet, to make progress on clean renewable energy, and to reduce our energy consumption,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. "While demand for reliable and affordable energy continues to grow, two easy ways to become good stewards of our resources are to conserve energy, and use it more efficiently – by turning off lights or going easy on heat and air conditioning, and by replacing old energy-hogs with new high-efficient ones.”
The Department of Commerce urges Minnesotans on Earth Day, and every day, to implement several measures to reduce energy use. Here are just a few steps you can take to make a difference on Earth Day—and save on your utility bills:
For more on energy conservation and energy efficiency, visit the Commerce Department Division of Energy Resources website and see two energy guides: “Home Envelope” and “Appliances, Lighting, Electronics.” Check out more energy-saving tips from the U.S. Department of Energy.