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October is Energy Awareness Month

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Do your part to be energy smart!

October marks National Energy Awareness Month — a time to promote understanding of the importance of energy for sustainability and our environmental well-being.

Customers count on the Postal Service to deliver every day. But did you know the Postal Service is energy smart for our customers and our communities? We are committed to reducing our energy use per square foot by 25 percent by 2025 — and we’re making good progress! In 2019, we used 4.2 percent less energy from our baseline in 2015 and we’re continuing to improve.

The Postal Service’s commitment to sustainability helps ensure a healthier future for our employees, our customers and the environment. Stamps — including Enjoy the Great Outdoors, Fruits and Vegetables and American Gardens — celebrate outdoor activities you can do in your neighborhoods and parks. When you are out for a walk or bike ride, remember Postal Service offers services at many locations. This will not only save you fuel, it’s also great exercise. You can go online to buy stamps, look up a ZIP Code or find a  location near you. Our website will show you the time the office hours and the services offered at each location.

So, what else can you do to reduce energy and create awareness in our communities? Right now, more people are getting outside to hike, ride a bike or tend a garden. These are great ways to reduce energy consumption and give examples to encourage others to do the same. It is often little things that make a big difference.

– Dry laundry outside.

– Wear a sweater rather than increasing your home’s heating temperature.

– Combine errands to save on fuel.

– Turn off lights when you leave a room.

Postal Service employees have participated in more than 33,000 sustainability projects in the past 10 years. Additionally, we help our customers reduce waste and increase recycling, as well as measure and manage carbon impacts across their supply chains through our USPS BlueEarth programs.

To learn more about how the Postal Service is delivering a positive impact and leading by example with its sustainability efforts, please visit USPS.com/green.

 

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