How Many Carbon Emissions Did Our Customers Avoid in 2020?

How Many Carbon Emissions Did Our Customers Avoid in 2020?

Every day that we use renewable energy, we make a positive impact on the environment. By sourcing our electricity from 100% clean sources like wind and solar, we avoid the harmful emissions of carbon dioxide that come from burning coal and fossil fuels, and we help mitigate the effects of climate change.

If you’ve been with us for a while, you know that your green impact makes an even bigger difference the longer you use renewable energy. That goes for everyone who has a 100% clean electricity plan with us. And with all of us living the green lifestyle together, the difference we make is nothing short of amazing.

In 2020, our customers prevented 8,360,388,891 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. To put it another way, that’s like …

That’s a pretty great difference that our customers have helped make in the past year. But hey, maybe you don’t really go around measuring the carbon footprint of the average cross-country flight. Let’s recalculate these numbers in a few other ways that you might be able to get your mind around. In fact, let’s take it by region.

And all that is just for the year 2020. Since we started in 1997, our customers have prevented a total of more than 90.2 billion pounds of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere. The best part? That number gets bigger every single day. That’s what making a difference for the planet feels like.

Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or you’re just starting on the path to a cleaner and greener future, we’re excited to see the impact we can make together. And if you see these numbers and want to be a part of making a difference for the planet, there’s no time like now to join our mission.

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* Driving statistic based on a home using 2,000 kWh per month and an annual car mileage of 15,000 miles.
Cross-country flight statistic based on the average pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) generated per passenger mile in a commercial airplane traveling a distance of 2,470 miles from Los Angeles, CA, to New York, NY.
Tree statistic based on the average pounds of CO2 stored by a moderate growth hardwood tree planted in an urban environment over a 60-year lifetime.
Plastic bottle recycling statistic based on an average home usage of 2,000 kWh per month and the average carbon footprint of a 16.9 oz PET plastic bottle as determined by the American Chemistry Council.
House light statistic based on an average annual 867 kWh per month consumption per U.S. household.
Coffee statistic based on the average annual usage of coffee makers and espresso machines as rated by ENERGY STAR.
Cowboy hat statistic based on the average volume of a 10-gallon Stetson cowboy hat and the gaseous density of CO2.
Taxi statistic based on the rated fuel economy of a New York City taxi, the average distance of a single cab ride, and the average miles driven per 12-hour shift by an NYC taxi driver.
Cheesesteak statistic based on the wattage of an electric-range frying pan and the average cooking time of an authentic Philly Cheesesteak sandwich.
Millennium Park statistic based on the gaseous density of CO2 and the total acreage of Millennium Park.

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