Celebrating Earth Day

Earth Day is more than a day. It's our commitment.

We’re taking weekly steps to improve the environment across New Mexico. We also have dozens of ways you can choose to make a difference. Together, we can help make our corner of the planet a little greener.

Learn more about our sustainability story and plans for the future.

The links below provide in-depth information on steps we’re taking to be emissions free by 2040 and the energy efficiency programs that PNM customers can take advantage of now.

Week 05

PNM Sustainability Story: Our Environmental Management System How do we achieve our environmental goals? PNM operates under an Environmental Management System (EMS) which provides the framework to achieve environmental goals and regulatory compliance through consistent review, evaluation, and improvement of our environmental performance. The more we do, the better it gets.

Mar 31

Earth Day 50 Tip #24: Before you throw away plastic six-pack holders, cut each ring with scissors. Cutting the rings of the holder can reduce wildlife entanglement calamities that result in exhaustion, starvation or death. It takes less than 10 seconds.

Apr 01

Earth Day 50 Tip #25: Hug a tree, not your neighbor. In this time of social distancing, having a connection to living things cannot be understated. Trees, with their roots, branches and spring buds, can provide a strong connection moment for you to take a deep breath and calm your mind. Evidence shows that hugging a tree increases levels of the hormone oxytocin. This hormone is responsible for feeling calm and emotional bonding. It’s way better than an elbow bump.

Apr 02

Earth Day 50 Tip #26: Reading instead of streaming. Don’t assume that just because something doesn't have a physical format, that it has no carbon attached to it. Take a break with a book (or e-book) instead.

Apr 03

Earth Day 50 Tip #27: Eat a plant-based burger. Get a blindfold and compare veggie burger newbies like Impossible Burger or Beyond Burger to beef. You might not be able to tell the difference and you’ll reduce your carbon foodprint.

Apr 04

Earth Day 50 Tip #28: Dare to share. Consider sharing or renting items you don’t use every day. In addition to the environmental and economic benefits, you’ll have a lot less stuff to sell at your garage sale.

Apr 05

Earth Day 50 Tip #29: Make your own disinfectant Many ingredients for DIY disinfectants are probably in your pantry. Search online for recipes but just make sure your mix is 70% alcohol and leave it to dry on its own.

Week 01

PNM Sustainability Story: Protecting Our Birds Preserving the wildlife that inhabits the beautiful rivers, mountains, and skies of the Land of Enchantment is something we strongly believe in. Certain electrical facilities or structures may experience more bird/wildlife-related outages than others. So, recently we completed an extensive bird guarding project on a switching station in Las Vegas, NM. We invested additional upgrades to our system to help mitigate electricity-related bird deaths and outages. And that’s just the beginning. Learn more how we’re protecting wildlife here.

Mar 04

Earth Day 50 Tip #1: Building a community garden will not only spice up your salad but your life as well by relieving stress, increasing your wellbeing and making some friends along the way.

Mar 05

Earth Day 50 Tip #2: Use cloth towels instead of paper ones. You’ll not only save our trees but some cash as well by using and reusing cloth or linen towels.

Mar 06

Earth Day 50 Tip #3: Take a shorter shower. Every time you take a shower you use about 5 gal. of water per min. Shorten your shower by 2 min and cut your water use by 10 gal.

Mar 07

Earth Day 50 Tip #4: Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage. Improve your gas mileage by 0.6%-3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure.

Mar 08

Earth Day Tip #5: Turn off lights when you leave a room - The 15-minute rule. Here’s the general rule-of-thumb: If out of a room for 15 minutes or less, leave the lights on. If out of a room for more than 15 minutes, turn them off,

Week 02

PNM Sustainability Story: Saving Lives with Animal Safety Ladders. We are blessed in New Mexico to be surrounded with an abundance of wildlife. So knowing that water containment in arid locations can be attractive to wildlife and other critters, our Afton Generating Station in Southern New Mexico recently installed animal safety ladders in the north evaporative lagoon. This allows animals that may accidentally get into the ponds, despite fencing, to get back out. This is just one of the many efforts that we embark on to protect New Mexico’s wildlife. To learn more about the many conservation and preservation efforts by PNM, click here.

Mar 10

Earth Day 50 Tip #6: Track your foodprint. That’s everything it takes for food to go from the farm to your plate. Track your foodprint to know how much your food choices impact the planet.

Mar 11

Earth Day 50 Tip #7: Eliminate Single-use Bottled Water in your life. For every six bottles we buy, only 1 is recycled and it takes up to 1000 years for every single bottle to decompose. Instead use a reusable bottle. You’ll save money and the planet.

Mar 12

Earth Day 50 Tip #8: Use eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products. Gone are the days when eco-friendly cleaning products don’t work. Today there are many to choose from so here’s a Healthy Cleaning Guide to know which ones are effective.

Mar 13

Earth Day 50 Tip #9: Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient LEDs. Locate your home’s 5 most frequently used light fixtures/bulbs and make the switch to LEDs or Energy Star fixtures. You’ll save up to $45 each a year and reduce your carbon footprint.

Mar 14

Earth Day 50 Tip #10: Recycle that clunker refrigerator or freezer and earn $50 for PNM. Learn more about PNM Refrigerator Recycling Program here.

Mar 15

Earth Day 50 Tip #11: Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out. Nearly 100% of the textiles in your home can be recycled or donated. It’s better for the environment, it helps people in need of clothing and you’ll feel great giving.

Week 03

PNM Sustainability Story: Power to the Pollinators! When PNM comes across beehives that have made a home in our equipment, we call out beekeepers to capture and relocate these important pollinators. You never know what a bee is up to when it disappears in a crack. Power to the pollinators! Learn more how we’re protecting wildlife here.

Mar 17

Earth Day 50 Tip #12: Compost leftover food & yard trimmings instead of throwing them away. 40% of our food is uneaten and ends up in a landfill. Composting reduces your food waste by 25% and creates rich soil for your veggie or community garden.

Mar 18

Earth Day 50 Tip #13: Turn off the water while you are brushing your teeth or shaving. You can use up to 4 gallons of water per person per day brushing your teeth. That’s 1000 gallons a year. Does your toothbrush really need all that water?

Mar 19

Earth Day 50 Tip #14: Turn your car engine off instead of idling

An idling car can release as much pollution as a moving one. Turn your car engine off and reduce the amount of CO2 & exhaust particulates added to the atmosphere and save 0.8 gallons of fuel an hour.

Mar 20

Earth Day 50 Tip #15: If You Have to Fly, Fly Direct

If your only option is to fly, then opt for the direct route. This can reduce your emissions by up to an impressive 50% compared to changing flights.

Mar 21

Earth Day 50 Tip #16: Buy products made from or packaged in recycled materials. Look for products with a minimum amount of packaging or ones that are using recycled materials to reduce waste, lower carbon emissions and keep plastic out of the ocean.

Mar 22

Earth Day 50 Tip #17: Read the ingredient list on products. If you really want to know what’s in the product you are about to buy, read the ingredient list. The first 3 on the list make up what’s mostly inside.

Week 04

PNM Sustainability Story: Reduce, reuse, and upcycle! Delivering electricity to your homes and businesses requires supplies such as wire that is packaged for use on reels, which may be made of wood, plastic or metal. PNM and our sister company, Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP), have an employee-led program focused on diverting used materials away from landfills. What’s in your backyard that you can upcycle?

Mar 24

Earth Day 50 Tip #18: Buy food in bulk wisely. Foods in bulk cost up to 89% less. Why? Less packaging. Larger amounts. Efficient to ship. However, buying in bulk is not to be confused with hoarding. We’re all in this together right?

Mar 25

Earth Day 50 Tip #19: Turn down the temperature of your water heater. Water heating can be 15%-25% of energy consumption in your home. Turn down the temp on your hot water heater is eco-conscious and reduces monthly energy bills. Click here for more Energy Efficiency Tips.

Mar 26

Earth Day 50 Tip #20: Minimize use of aerosols. Aerosols can present significant environmental and safety hazards because of the compressed gas used as a propellant. Try an alternative approach and avoid ozone-depleting halons or CFC’s.

Mar 27

Earth Day 50 Tip #21: Support a local store or restaurant. Create jobs and nurture your community by buying local. For every $100 you spend at locally-owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. What's not to love?

Mar 28

Earth Day 50 Tip #22: Be an eco-driver. Accelerate gently, Coast to decelerate, Avoid high speeds, Anticipate traffic, Maintain a steady speed, Keep your vehicle tuned up, Go electric!

Mar 29

Earth Day 50 Tip #23: Spend at least 10 minutes in nature every day.

Spend 10 minutes of contact with nature each day to significantly decrease cortisol, the stress hormone, in your body. It’s free and abundant in NM!