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National Cut Your Energy Costs Day!

Today is National Cut Your Energy Cost Day.  This day is observed annually on January 10th.

To reduce energy consumption in your home, you do not necessarily need to go out and purchase energy-efficient products. Energy conservation can be as simple as turning off lights or appliances when you do not need them. You can also use energy-intensive appliances less by performing household tasks manually, such as hang-drying your clothes instead of putting them in the dryer, or washing dishes by hand.

Some politicians refuse to believe or acknowledge global warming but it is real, most experts believe the Earth is showing real signs of climate change. In fact, climate change is the biggest environmental crisis of our time and is impacting animal populations, food and water supplies, health and basic human needs.

More than one million species of animals face extinction by 2050 due to climate change. 2,500 scientists from more than 130 countries have determined that the current global warming is “very likely” caused by humans.  One example is the bush fire happening in Australia that had killed billions of helpless animals and left thousands of families without a home.

There are ways to contribute to energy saving and raise awareness of the cause to save energy to help save our environment for the future of our children.   Little things like changing your light bulbs to energy-efficient bulbs are one thing or washing the dishes by hand if you don’t think you will not have a full load of dishes in the dishwasher.  Little things can go a long way, so make a list today, and try to save some money by cutting your energy cost.

Energy conservation is important and beneficial for so many reasons. You can save money, increase your property value, and protect the environment all through simple energy-saving measures.  By simply taking a small step towards living a more energy-conscious lifestyle, you can begin to enjoy all of the perks of being energy efficient.  So, today, share this awareness on social media using #CutYourEnergyCostDay.

2000 AOL-Time Warner formed

On January 10, 2000, in one of the biggest media mergers in history, America Online Inc. announces plans to acquire Time Warner Inc. for some $182 billion in stock and debt. The result was a $350 billion mega-corporation, AOL Time Warner, which held dominant positions in every type of media, including music, publishing, news, entertainment, cable, and the Internet.

The AOL Time Warner merger came at the height of the so-called “Internet bubble,” when dot-com businesses were on a meteoric rise and their future seemed limitless. The idea was to combine Time Warner’s impressive book, magazine, television, and movie production capabilities with AOL’s 30 million Internet subscribers to form the ultimate media empire. Under the terms of the merger, which was cleared by the Federal Trade Commission in December 2000 and formally completed in January 2001, AOL shareholders owned 55 percent of the new company while Time Warner shareholders owned 45 percent. AOL’s co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer, Steve Case, became chairman of the new company, while Time Warner chairman and CEO Gerald Levin were named its CEO.

(excerpted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/aol-time-warner-formed)