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It’s hard to believe that it is April already. But, this lady isn’t complaining, I love Spring and everything that goes with it. Well, almost everything. #SpringCleaning is not one of my favorite things to do.
Okay, let’s be brutally honest. I don’t like doing any cleaning!
Now that my true confession is over, let’s get even more real. An important holiday occurs in April. What day is that? Earth Day, of course. And while it is just one day on the calendar, I think there are so many reasons why everyday should be Earth Day.
Saving energy should become part of your household routine each and every day. Despite what you might think, these steps are easy and require little time or money on your part. There are things you can do to get your kids involved, and make the environment a better place as a family.
Working with Project Envolve has made me more conscious of what I am doing to save energy in my household. From switching to LED light bulbs in our lamps or to using a whole house dimming system to make sure we aren’t using lights we don’t need, I have seen that every little bit helps.
With Earth Day approaching, I was challenged to see how I could increase my energy savings while doing some Spring cleaning. At first I thought, what more can I possibly do? I have a programmable thermostat, I use LED bulbs, I run my appliances at low-peak times.
Here are 8 tips you can use to maximize your home’s efficiency:
And the answer? Truly get unplugged! Turn off the TV, and head to the outdoors to do some Spring cleaning in the yard.
Energy-Saving Ideas For Earth Day:
- Head outside and enjoy the sun. Turn off that television and head outside. Spending time outside is healthy for you, and you are saving energy by not having the lights or television on.
- Grab your gardening tools and do some Spring cleaning in your yard. Get your kids involved and out and away from that energy-sucking video game console. The bonus is you can chat with your kids while getting your outside ready for the Spring and Summer months.
- Volunteer to plant trees for Earth Day as family. One of the best ways to give back on Earth Day is to plant more trees. Check with your local church or gardening center to see how you can help.
- Prep your deck for the Summer months. We spend a lot of time outside during the summer. Take a few moments to clean and prepare your deck for the Summer. Being outside=no energy being used inside.
Here are a few more things you can do on the inside of your home to get unplugged for Earth Day:
- Walk around your home and unplug anything you aren’t using. Appliances suck up energy even when they are not turned on. Save energy by plugging things in only when you need them.
- Grab a duster and clean those vents. A heating/cooling system works more efficiently with clean vents, which saves a ton of energy.
- Take a look at your small appliances and replace ones that are energy vampires. My dust buster gets a lot of use. So it is always plugged in. I replaced my old one with an Energy Star® rated battery charger. They use up to 38% less energy than regular battery chargers.
- Read a book with your kids about Earth Day. Need some suggestions? Here are a few of my favorites:
*Disclosure: These are affiliate links to the books. They don’t cost you anything, but a small portion is returned to me when you make a purchase. That goes towards the costs of running this blog.
I love that saving energy and helping the Earth can be a family affair. And that everything you do makes a difference, no matter how small.
So with Earth Day approaching, grab your family and make a plan for how you can save energy in your home. These small changes in your home will help to make a HUGE difference in the environment. Not just on Earth Day, but everyday!
How will you be celebrating Earth Day this year?