Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, is a global environmental movement that raises awareness for protecting our natural resources by “going green” and reducing waste and energy use.
Many homeowners want to be more energy efficient, or “green.” From bigger projects to small changes, there are many green-living solutions to make your home more environmentally friendly.
Bigger projects to save energy:
- Have an energy audit to determine if your home is energy efficient
- Upgrade to “EnergyStar” appliances
- Invest in a programmable thermostat and save energy by adjusting the temperature when you’re sleeping or away from home
- Replace your old water heater with a tankless water heater that heats water on demand
- Upgrade to propane, an EPA-certified green, American made energy source, that is highly efficient and versatile
You can save water by:
- Taking shorter showers
- Doing full loads of laundry and dishes
- Fixing leaky faucets
- Reducing or eliminating lawn watering
Simple changes that have a big impact over time:
- Turn off lights and electronics when not in use
- Recycle cardboard boxes, plastic and glass containers, aluminum and tin
- Save paper by printing documents only when absolutely necessary and pay bills online
- Change out incandescent light bulbs for energy efficient LED bulbs
- Use travel mugs for coffee and tea on the go
- Bring re-usable bags to the store
- Add houseplants to your home to improve the air quality
- Plant a tree
- Grow a garden, if you have the space—if you don’t, use containers
Preparing the next generation is also key to our long term care of the planet. Get your kids involved with Earth Day with fun activities to help them reduce, reuse, and recycle.
You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make a difference right in your own home!