Earth Day is Sunday, April 22nd. What are you going to do for it? I know here at SEPCO we are always working on ways to improve the earth. I wanted to share a few different ways you can both at work and in your home.
1. Recycle – I know recycling is around us everywhere. Parks, schools, offices, homes, etc. all have recycling available. But did you know that you could be recycling more then just paper and plastic. 90% of the things we use on a daily basis can be recycled when we are done using them. Even things like clothing, books, cell phones, and many other things. There is even website out there that shows you how to recycle everyday items into new and completely different items. Check out Chica and Joe, Design Sponge, and Beach Petals for some ideas…they are a few of my favorite sites.
2. Garden – Start a garden this Earth Day in your backyard, porch, or even kitchen. Even simple things like herbs can be handy, save you money, and improve your space by adding something living to the space. If you have the room to plant your own fruits and vegetables, great! If not, see what you can grow in the space available to you. Even Topsy Turvy offers many options for places that don’t have a yard by and I’m sure you can even grow other things with them then just the seeds provided…try it out.
3. Flip the Switch – By turning off things you don’t use will not only impact the earth, it will impact your wallet as well. For example, electrical vampires can be all plugged into a power strip so the power strip can be turned off when not in use. To make things even easier, I have all my chargers in a single strip that is plugged into a light switch so when I leave in the morning I can turn the switch to the fan and the power strip off without even thinking about it.
4. Buy Energy Efficiency – Energy Star rated products are available almost everywhere you look today, even computers and cell phones have Energy Star compliant options. And the cost difference between more efficient products can be quantified by the overall savings during the life of the product. Shop around; some of the savings can end up paying for the product in the long run.
5. Renewable Energy – Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Biofuel, Biomass, and Hydropower is all around us. To the standard homeowner and business this may not be a viable option…or is it. Parking lots, streets, signs, etc. can be powered by commercial solar lights. Pathways around the house can be powered by smaller scale solar lighting. You can even talk to your city council about installing a renewable energy source such as a wind farm or a hydropower station.
There are many other things that everyone can do this Earth Day. What improvements can you make?