Today is not just Easter Monday, it is also Earth Day! Which is an annual event celebrated worldwide, on April 22nd, with various events held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries, which are coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. Already they are making plans for the 50th anniversary of the day, next year, in 2020. According to the Earth Day Network they are hoping to reach 3 billion acts of green. Their tally so far as of this posting has reached more than 2.6 billion acts of green.
What is an act of green? According to the site; they are small changes that add up to making a big difference. Things like making more sustainable choices, reducing your carbon footprint, conserving energy and resources, collaborating on environmental projects in your community, and voting for leaders committed to protecting us and the environment.
A suggested list of the many ways, big and small, you can improve your home’s overall efficiency and help save the environment (and your wallet!) is provided by Mario Angeloni of Reliance Home Comfort, who offers the following tips:
- Light Bulbs: Swapping out incandescent light bulbs for ENERGY STAR certified LEDs is one of the easiest steps you can take to making your home more energy efficient. ENERGY STAR bulbs use, on average, between 70 and 90% less energy than their traditional counterparts.
- Seal Windows and Doors: Inspect weather stripping around windows and doors to ensure a tight seal. Doing so will prevent cool air from escaping in the summer and warm air from escaping in the winter.
- Ceiling Fans: When used in combination with an eco-friendly AC unit, ceiling fans are an energy and cost-effective way to promote healthy air circulation inside the home. Fans should turn counterclockwise in the warmer months to push cool air downwards.
- Watch the Clock: Know the off-peak hours in your area and try to use major appliances (i.e. dishwashers and dryers) during these times.
- Programmable Thermostat: Set your system to lower your indoor temperature at night and whenever you’re away for more than a few hours. Doing so will use less energy overall and can save a considerable amount on your heating bill as a result.
Beyond that there are plenty of events taking place in the coming week, which also happens to be Earth Week, and a small list of local events includes;
- The Habitat for Humanity Brant-Norfolk ReStore at 80 Morton Ave. in Brantford is offering coupons towards purchases at the store to those who bring in e-waste for recycling from April 22 to 27.
- On April 23, Woodman Cainsville School will hold ground-breaking ceremony at 9:30 a.m. to commemorate the school’s greening project. The project was made possible by a $9,000 grant from the Earth Week Committee.
- On April 24, it’s the 12th annual Brant Tree Coalition High School Tree Plant 2019 on city property adjacent to Brant Park Conservation Area. Access is through Brant Park.
- April 27 join the Sixth annual Brant County Community Tree Planting Event from 10 a.m. to noon behind Sobey’s, Grand River Street North and Scott Avenue. Bring your own shovel.
- And April 28, find the Eighth Annual Brantford Community Tree Planting Event on city property adjacent to Brant Park Conservation Area. Access to the planting area is through Brant Park.
This Earth Day, discover how you can help, and if you are busy Today don’t forget that it is also Earth Week, and truthfully any day is a good day to do something!