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Celebrate Earth Day Everyday – 5 Tips for a Green Home #coxconserves

According to Wikipedia, the definition of Earth Day is “a day early each year on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s natural environment.” Earth Day, started in 1970, and is celebrated nationally and in over 175 countries world wide. Do you celebrate Earth Day in your home?

My family and I love to celebrate our mother earth not only on Earth Day, but everyday.  Each step we make in our home to become a greener family means we are doing that much more to reduce our carbon footprint.  Cox Communications, my local cable company, wanted a way to reduce their carbon footprint as well so they started Cox Conserves in 2007.


Launched in 2007, Cox Conserves is the company’s national sustainability program that is designed to reduce Cox Enterprises’ carbon footprint by 20 percent. Cox Conserves seeks to reduce Cox Enterprises’ energy consumption by embracing alternative energy, conserving natural resources and inspiring eco-friendly behavior. The program engages each of the company’s major subsidiaries (Cox Communications, Manheim, Cox Media Group and and encourages Cox Enterprises’ more than 50,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices. For more information, visit:

How does Cox Conserves make a difference right here in Las Vegas?

Cox participated in Earth Hour Las Vegas, an event where Las Vegas shut off its lights in solidarity with more than 4,000 cities in 120 countries to emphasize the importance of energy conservation.
Cox in Las Vegas also promotes paper shredding, electronics recycling and holiday tree recycling. In fact, last year, they collected eight pallets or 425 cubic feet worth of electronic waste at a Las Vegas recycling event.

How does Cox Conserves make a difference nationally?

Alternative Energy – Cox actively identifies opportunities to harness solar energy and employ fuel cell technology, annually preventing more than 17,400 tons of greenhouse gases from entering the environment through its alternative energy projects.

Energy Conservation– Across Cox Enterprises, programs are in place to conserve energy, including producing alternative energy, constructing eco-friendly buildings, greening the company fleet, conserving resources and recycling materials.

Waste Management– Cox Enterprises employs a holistic approach to waste management including waste reduction, strategic partnerships for e-waste and customer engagement.

Water Conservation– Cox’s water conservation efforts save more than 20 million gallons of water annually and return high-quality reusable water to the community.

How can you celebrate Earth Day everyday? 5 Tips for a Green Home!

  1. Reduce your junk mail stream by joining a no-send list.  This is where my family is listed.
  2. Use compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. They use 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. If every household in the U.S. replaced one light bulb with a CFL, it would prevent enough pollution equal to taking more than 800,000 cars off the road for an entire year. This was one of the first things we did when we moved into a new home.
  3. Buy bulk items.  A family of four can save $2,000/year in the supermarket by choosing large sizes instead of individual serving sizes. This also reduces production of plastic wrappers and boxes.  We love shopping our local super store.
  4. Avoid using non-native plants that may be invasive in your area.  We have desert landscaping to help reduce our use of water.
  5. Skip pre-packaged items for school lunches and cut up your own cheese, meats and veggies to cut down on wasteful packaging.

Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.” 
~ Kenyan proverb 

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Disclosure: This post was written on behalf of Cox Communications.  All my thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lauren is the owner and writer for Crazy About My Baybah. She is a mom that is crazy about her family, art, photography, getting fit, Disney, and living in Las Vegas.

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  1. Wow! They make a huge difference! I’m thankful to have companies like them!

  2. Happy earth day! There’s so much that all of us can do to preserve, conserve and protect our natural resources and environment both locally and globally

  3. That is awesome. It is always wonderful to see companies who are taking active part and being examples of practices that will benefit their communities (well, and the whole earth, too).

  4. What great tips! We use CFL bulbs in my house. Thanks for the wonderful post on Earth Day!

  5. Mellissa Hanks says:

    Wow great company :O) Happy Earth Day!

  6. Great post and thanks for bringing awareness.

    Everyday should be earth day :)

  7. Now if only their internet and cable wasn’t so expensive we’d be set! Haha. Seriously, glad to see Cox is committed to helping our environment and promoting a greener lifestyle.

    I’ve done my best to reduce waste in this household and have changed nearly every paper bill into an online only bill. Course there’s more than one reason for that but I am making the effort to do my part as well.

  8. great tips!

    Happy Earth Day!

  9. Thank you for the tips to make our home Green.

  10. Wonderful tips!

  11. Great tips and very informative!

  12. Love this post!! So happy Cox is working toward a cleaner way of doing business!

  13. Skipping prepackaged items is HUGE!

  14. Yay for Cox! Just another reason to like them.

  15. Great tips!! Thanks!!

  16. I love all these tips! The using native plants thing is one I just discovered. Although it’s hard with a vegetable garden, all of my perennials are native to the area and I swear, I do NOTHING to them and they look gorgeous!

  17. Thanks for the wonderful tips!

  18. Great tips. Thanks!

  19. Zippy Sandler says:

    It’s nice to know that Cox is determined to be green.

  20. those are some great ideas :)

  21. I love tip #2 it’s so easy to do and helps so much in the long run!

  22. I’m so bad with living green :(

  23. I need to make a more conscious approach for our green living..

  24. Great tips:)Thanks for sharing.

  25. Great tips, thanks!

  26. Great tips – thanks for sharing!!

  27. Great tips, thanks!

  28. I definitely need to work on reducing the junk mail!

  29. I think it’s great when a company like Cox tries to save as much energy as possible and reduce waste, more companies should follow their example. I also like your idea of not buying prepackaged lunches. This is not only really expensive but think about all of those containers and boxes in the landfill!

  30. Hope you had a Happy Earth Day!!!!! Those are some great tips you give! I especially like the one about not buying individually wrapped items, so unnecessary. I’ve been working with the Cox Conserves program and it’s been an inspiration to see the changes that Cox is willing to institute to be environmentally conscience. Thanks for participating!

  31. Great tips for every day!

  32. We try our best to recycle, save water and save energy. I know that everyday, if just little steps are taken, it will help out in the long run.

  33. I love all the tips!

  34. These are wonderful tips, thank you for sharing them!

  35. I love these tips! I try my best to be green, eat right, save water and energy.

  36. Making your own lunches for school/work also saves money – being frugal and living “Green” really go hand in hand!

  37. I completely agree… every day should be Earth Day!

  38. I never buy the snack sizes for the kids. we just use a bowl.

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  40. Are you kidding me? Cox sends me mail every day, every day I get an add.

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