Thursday, April 22, 2021 / by Lino Arci
It's Earth Day 2021!
"The earth is a fine place and worth fighting for."
People are starting to come around to the idea that we need to become more sustainable to protect the Earth for future generations. Everything you do in your day-to-day life has an impact on the planet, from the food you eat to the car you drive. It involves reducing the amount of Earth's resources that you use to help protect it. To live a sustainable lifestyle you should try to have as little of an impact on the Earth as possible, while also trying to replace the resources you do use.
Let us all celebrate Earth Day by making a few easy changes the Earth will appreciate. In its simplest form, it’s a day for people to step back, take a deep breath and appreciate Earth in all its splendor.
Here Are 6 Easy Ways To Live More Sustainably
#1 - Fix Leaky Faucets
Get Handy! Now is as good a day as any to make one minor repair that can not only save you money but can make a huge impact on the environment. Even if you only have one leaky faucet in your house dripping at a rate of one small drip a minute, that still can amount to more than 30 Gallons of water wasted each year.
Earth Day is the perfect day to grab a wrench and tighten those pipes. And if you have more of a “green thumb” than a “handy bone” then it can be the perfect reminder to call that plumber.
#2 - Turn Down Your Water Heater
It’s easy to set your water heater and just forget about it but in fact, if your water heater is set too high, you might be wasting valuable electricity. Make it a seasonal setting with a higher temperature in the winter and a cooler temperature in the summer to conserve energy more effectively.
In addition, you can invest in a hot water heater blanket to help your water heater conserve heat and use less energy.
#3 - Switch To LEDs
Switch to LED Lighting this Earth Day! Why? Because they’re brighter, providing better light for workspaces, uses less wattage, have no mercury content, runs cooler than other bulbs, and lasts longer than other fluorescent or incandescent bulbs! LEDs provide environmental benefits, plus savings, safety, and security!
LEDs are versatile in application and use at least 80% less energy than incandescent lighting, a highly efficient lighting technology! The use of LED lighting has the greatest potential impact on energy savings in all countries. It’s empowering to know that one small change, like replacing a light bulb, could have such a major impact—especially when it can be so simple.
#4 - Start A Compost Pile
This Earth Day when we all show our support for environmental protection. Collecting organic trash and composting helps the environment in many ways. And it’s easy to do!
#5 - Invest In Energy Star Appliances
As homeowners, energy-efficient appliances are essential to help you save money and energy, protect the environment, and enhance your lifestyle. Thus, the more energy-efficient home appliances you use, the lower your utility bills will be while protecting the environment from harmful gases such as carbon dioxide.
Here are the significant benefits of using these helpful home appliances:
- Helps Prevent Greenhouse Emissions
- Helps You Save Water
- Helps Save Money
- Helps Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
- They Can Help Enhance the Quality of Your Life
There are a lot of benefits when you go the energy-efficient way. Using energy-efficient appliances, you’ll not only save money and reduce your monthly energy bills, but you can also help conserve and protect the environment.
#6 - Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
Reduce your waste, Reuse anything you can, and Recycle the things you no longer use. Look for ways you can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle throughout your home. You’ll save natural resources, energy, and money, and you’ll reduce waste sent to landfills. Keep in mind that cutting your waste might not happen overnight, but it's important to make the effort. The planet will thank you for it.
While it’s great to have a day on the calendar to mark the celebration of our home, shouldn’t we be grateful for our planet every day of the year?
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