Earth Day: A Little Bit Makes A Big Difference

Earth Day is April 22nd. According to the Earth Day Network, more than one BILLION people now participate in Earth Day activities. As truck drivers, there are a lot of things we can do to reduce the amount of damage occurring each day to the planet. One primary way is by helping to reduce greenhouse emissions. According to Earth Day research, nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States are generated from the energy we use to power things like our home and trucks.

“Greenhouse gases from human activities are the most significant driver of observed climate change since the mid-20th century,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. “As greenhouse gas emissions from human activities increase, they build up in the atmosphere and warm the climate, leading to many other changes around the world—in the atmosphere, on land, and in the oceans.”

When we work to reduce greenhouse emissions, we not only help to save the Earth, we also save money. It doesn’t require a lot of effort to make a change. Turning off your lights when they are not in use or reducing your idling time can have a big impact.

“Historically, a large amount of operating time of a tractor trailer engine was idling,” according to Truckingefficiency.org. “This could be 45% or more, when the driver is sleeping, eating, working or relaxing in his or her vehicle when they are not driving.” For more information on how to reduce your idling and other truck driver efficiency solutions, see their website at:

http://truckingefficiency.org/idle-reduction.

“The global trucking industry produces 1.6 billion metric tons of CO2 per year (PDF), making it responsible for 5.75 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions,” reports Greenbiz.com. “Even when the rest of us are enjoying cheaper fuel, fuel remains the largest cost of operating a truck, costing more to a company than the driver. Heavy-duty tractor-trailers in the United States alone consumed 25 billion gallons of fuel in 2013. That’s around $105 billion at average 2013 prices.”

About Millis Transfer
Mills Transfer, Getting It There Since 1936, has an impressive service record earning the company dozens of “Carrier of the Year” awards. Headquartered in Black River Falls, Wis., Millis is also a Certified Top Pay Carrier with some of the best equipment on the road. Maintenance facilities and drop yards are strategically located throughout the company’s operating area. Its sister company, Millis Training Institute, offers five school locations that provide students with quality training in order to earn their CDL-A license. For more information please visit www.millistransfer.com, www.mtidriving.com or call 1-800-937-0880.


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