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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 06/21/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION231.2MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
25,225 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 179.2 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
19,549 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $24,741 DOLLARS SAVED
$2,699,070 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 388,450 MILES NOT DRIVEN
42,377,926 YTD

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10/21/2014

Pumpkins, Vampires and Cooler Weather: Be Sustainable for Fall

POSTED UNDER Energy & Conservation

Fall is in full swing, and a change of seasons brings a change in sustainable activities – from the home to the office. If you’re a fan of pumpkin spice, the changing temperatures, Halloween antics or all of the above, we have some tips for you. 

PUMPKINS
Did you know most pumpkins are actually grown mainly for food production? More than 1 billion pumpkins are grown in the United States each year. While carving and decorating pumpkins is common practice for the season, there are ways you can make the most out of your entire pumpkin:

  • Roast the seeds and puree the guts after carving
  • Compost the shell when the Jack-O-Lantern has reached its final days
  • Carving instead of painting allows you to compost the pumpkin

And don’t think we forgot about your beloved pumpkin spice lattes. Recycling your coffee cup or using a reusable thermos is an easy way to green this fall treat.

VAMPIRES
Do vampires and phantoms haunt you? No, not Dracula. We’re talking about the energy vampires and phantom loads that suck the energy from your home and office when your appliances are turned off but are still plugged in.

It’s true: appliances that are plugged in continue to draw power even if they’re turned off.

The wasted energy that is sucked away by plugged in appliances and equipment is known as energy vampire or phantom energy loss. It represents a relatively small but growing percentage of electricity waste. Untold millions of hard-earned money is wasted every year by keeping appliances and electronics plugged in.

If you want to keep those energy-sucking ghouls at bay, consider these simple tips:

  • Unplug – Unplugging devices when they are not being used eliminates any energy loss. To save the time and hassle of unplugging all the components of a computer or other equipment, you could plug them into a power strip that can be turned off with a single switch.
  • Check the label – When buying an appliance or electronic device, choose the model that uses the least standby power. Energy Star-labeled models are ideal because they use less energy for both regular and standby operation.

LONGER NIGHTS
It might be the perfect time to switch to LED lighting as the days become shorter and we utilize lights more often. This transition can easily be done in your home, but it would make a huge impact in your office’s carbon footprint as well. We’re hard at work investing in LEDs.

COOLER WEATHER
As the days are getting shorter, the temperature is also starting to get cooler. Green tips for the cool down? 

  • Make sure your jackets and winter coats are in good condition. If it’s time for an upgrade, make sure you donate warm clothing to those who really need it.
  • Use a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you to conserve energy during unoccupied times. Generally, select 68-70 degrees for heating and 74-76 degrees for cooling so your home or office reduces energy use when you’re not there, but is comfortable by the time you arrive.

The green from the leaves may be fading, but it’s the perfect time to fall in love with sustainability. Pick up these green tips for fall.