This year as millions resolve to exercise more and eat better, Green Mountain Energy Company, a provider of cleaner electricity and promoter of renewable energy options, is encouraging Texans to consider making a New Year’s resolution with a different purpose. The company is kicking off the yearlong “Powerful Choice” campaign aimed at getting people to take action and make choices that will help clean the air we breathe.Austin, Texas – December 31, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American household is responsible for the emission of almost 60 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Green Mountain Energy Company maintains that each U.S. household can reduce about 32 percent or 20 tons of this CO2 footprint by making simple yet powerful choices. “As Texans are making their New Year’s resolutions this year, we hope they will consider the impact their decisions can make on the environment,” said Ross Haskell, Texas Region General Manager for Green Mountain Energy Company. “Signing up for cleaner electricity from sources such as the wind is one of the most powerful choices an individual can make.” Green Mountain Energy praised their Texas customers for widely embracing cleaner electricity. The company credited customer support as impetus for the recent development of the Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm at Brazos, a 160 MW facility that the company claims will generate enough energy to power 30,000 average Texas homes per year. According to Green Mountain Energy Company, the top three most powerful choices individuals can make are: – 1. Signing up for cleaner electricity: Most people don’t realize that making electricity is the leading cause of industrial air pollution in the U.S. Purchasing 100 percent wind power in Texas from Green Mountain Energy Company for a year will offset over 17,000 lbs of CO2, as much as taking a single car off the road for one year. – 2. Making smart transportation decisions: Hybrid gas/electric cars are more affordable and accessible than ever. The Honda Insight and Toyota Prius are at the top of the EPA’s Green Vehicle Guide and get roughly 57-60 miles per gallon in the city. Better fuel economy means lower CO2 production. In fact, a five-mpg difference equates to about 2,800 pounds of CO2 a year. – 3. Reducing, Reusing, Recycling, and Rebuying: According to Keep Texas Beautiful, Texans throw away enough trash to fill the Astrodome in fewer than 10 days. Each ton of recycled paper saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, 7,000 gallons of water, 17 trees, and 4,100 kWh of electricity.