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Total Macy’s, Inc. Solar Electricity Production on 11/19/2017

SOLAR PRODUCTION106.0MWh OF CLEAN ENERGY
52,065 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 82.1 TONS OF CARBON OFFSET
40,350 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO $11,341 DOLLARS SAVED
$5,570,910 YTD

EQUIVALENT TO 178,062 MILES NOT DRIVEN
87,468,499 YTD

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10/20/2015

Make a Difference Day and Winterizing Homes

POSTED UNDER Home & Garden

Make a Difference Day is Oct. 24 – a day when millions of volunteers across America unite with a common mission – to improve the lives of others.

That got us thinking … what can we do to make a difference and save energy? It is Energy Awareness Month, after all. As it turns out, our Macy’s Credit and Customer Services (MCCS) Partners in Time volunteers were ahead of the curve. For several years, MCCS has worked with People Working Cooperatively (PWC) to help low-income elderly and disabled homeowners in their communities prepare for winter.

Last year, more than 300 MCCS volunteers (a record turnout) helped winterize more than 50 homes! Winterizing these homes entailed:

  • Picking up yard debris
  • Cleaning gutters
  • Installing storm windows
  • Removing leaves

With Green Living in mind, all weeding and leaf removal was completed without using damaging chemicals or mowers, reducing pollution. MCCS volunteers also checked to ensure smoke and CO2 detectors were operational in the event of an emergency.

There’s usually much more that needs to be done than can be accomplished in one day, like a house not having heat, or a home in need of roof repairs, so PWC follows up to help with these issues when they can.

MCCS is once again helping to winterize low income homes in their community on Nov. 14. Visit makeadifferenceday.com to find volunteering opportunities in your area.

So, how can you winterize your home and save some energy?

Avoid Drafts – Invest in draft snakes for your doors and windows. You can even DIY your draft snakes to give them some personality.

Change Furnace Filters – This underrated housekeeping task saves you energy and money if done once a month during the winter season. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy demand.

Turn Down the Water Heater – A hot shower can be a lifesaver on a cold morning, but did you know most water heaters are set to 140 degrees F? Decreasing the temperature to 120 degrees F would reduce your water heating costs by six to 10 percent.

Plastic Window Insulation Kit – An insulation kit costs just a few dollars at the hardware store. Working with draft snakes, insulation kits help to seal the air holes in your windows, and are essentially invisible if installed correctly.

Check out Keeping Warm and Staying Sustainable This Winter for more tips. And share your energy-saving winterizing tips with us. Winterizing homes and volunteering to help those in need are two very important tasks to take on as the temperature drops. If you can do both at the same time like our MCCS team, even better!