3 Simple Tips to Celebrate Earth Day
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March 6, 2022
At Trefethen, we celebrate Earth Day every day, understanding that taking care of our ecosystem is what will enable us to thrive for another three generations.
With the goal of creating a community of like-minded earth conscientious people committed to making a difference, we would like to share a few everyday activities you can do at home that can make a big impact.
Tomatoes harvested in Trefethen’s La Huerta (The Garden)
“Everything we do comes from this land, so we strive to keep it healthy.” – Hailey Trefethen
Tip #1: Recycle
Recycling is one of the easiest ways to go green. When you transform something old into something new, it benefits the environment; materials and natural resources aren’t wasted, energy is saved, less waste goes to landfills, and it helps keep wildlife safe. Though we recommend talking to your local waste management provider for specific details, there are three basic rules when it comes to managing your recycling bins at home:
- Recycle bottles, cans, paper, and cardboard
- Keep food and liquid out of your recycling
- No loose plastic carrier bags and no bagged recyclables
If you don’t have curbside pickup, you can find your nearest recycling center via Earth911.
Tip #2: Save Energy
1. Lights out
Make sure that you always turn off the lights when leaving a room. Not only does it save energy, but it saves money too!
2. Use LED lights
Switch to LED lights & bulbs. They not only look stylish, they’re also affordable, last longer, and are a lot more efficient than halogen bulbs.
3. Switch to energy-efficient appliances
Dryers and refrigerators are two of the most energy-consuming appliances in a home. Replacing these with more efficient models can cut electricity usage by half.
4. Unplug devices
You may not be aware of how important it is to unplug devices when not in use. Standby mode uses unnecessary energy. Unplug and save on your electricity bill and save the planet.
5. Save water
Easy ways to reduce water consumption include quick showers, using just the required amount of water when cooking, and turning off running taps when unused even for seconds.
6. Lower the temperature
Aim to keep your thermostat at a low and try using a programmable smart thermostat to minimize unnecessary usage.
7. Keep a lid on it
This is a super simple hack! Cooking with the lid on can lessen cooking time and water usage significantly.
8. Washing at low temp
Save water and electricity by washing clothes at a cooler temperature and with a full load.
Tip #3: Plant a garden
1. Feed more than your family
Every plant grown without chemicals feeds the soil and its web of creatures that thrive on a healthy ecosystem.
2. Support green waste
Take what is waste and turn it into something more valuable than gold – good soil. Compost helps to capture carbon and is the best way to fertilize your garden improving the soil structure, adding microorganisms, retaining water, and helping to reduce soil erosion.
3. Cultivate a seed bank
Build a seed bank by saving seeds from your own garden. This will not only help save money, but it will help you to grow plants adapted to your local environment. A seed bank also preserves the diversity of produce and flowers which we grow and enjoy.
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