Earth Month Tip: Managing Energy Use
We’re sharing one tip each week this month in honor of Earth Month. Last week we focused on water conservation and this week is all about energy reduction. Share your favorite green tips with us on social media using hashtag #EarthMonth.
With more than 11,000 employees and over 3 million square feet of real estate around the world, Adobe pays close attention to our energy usage. We have cut our electricity usage by 50% since 2002 which has helped us to achieve carbon neutrality at our owned North American facilities by 2014 – one full year ahead of our goal.
Our main goal is to sustainably manage our business. To that point we rigorously explore ways to reduce our energy and water consumption and to offset 100% of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions from our North America operations through the purchase of renewable energy credits and emission reduction credits to help develop wind farms and landfill biogas plant projects.
While energy reduction is important to Adobe, strength lies in numbers – our impact will be even stronger if we all commit to reducing our energy usage. Here’s an easy way to make a big difference: replace all your incandescent bulbs with LED lights. An LED can last up to 30 times longer, it will use up to 75 percent less energy and you’ll save hundreds of dollars over the life of a single LED.
Did you know? If every American home replaced just one incandescent bulb with an ENERGY STAR rated light, we would save enough energy to light 3 million homes for a year, cut about $680 million in annual energy costs, and avoid releasing 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually – equivalent to taking approximately 800,000 cars off our roads every year. This is just one way everyone can reduce their energy use.
What are you doing to save energy? Share your insights, photos and tips for us on your social channels using #EarthMonth.
Vince Digneo is Adobe’s sustainability strategist.