Today celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Earth Day is an important ecological and environmental awareness day that occurs every year on April 22nd and HMC is always proud to celebrate. We'd like to share some helpful tips that you can utilize from your own home in order to help grow towards a healthier world.
Give Back to Nature: Plant a garden or tree. Build a birdhouse. Start composting.
Refillable Bottles: Purchase a refillable/washable water bottle. U.S. residents use 50 billion plastic water bottles annually. Most end up in landfills or oceans.
LED Light Bulbs: Residential LEDs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Water Heaters: Your water heater is the second-largest home energy expense. It accounts for about 20% of most households' energy use. The average family spends $400 to $600 on water heating each year. Choose an energy efficient water heater and set it to 120 degrees or lower.
Hang It Up: When Practical, hang up your clothes to line dry instead of using the dryer
Thermostat: In cooler months, you can save about 2% of your heating bill for each degree that you lower the thermostat. For example, lowering your thermostat's setting from 70 to 65 degrees, would save about 10%.
Utilizing Fans: Energy spent heating and cooling homes accounts for 46% of the average household's energy consumption. Turn off the HVAC and turn on your ceiling fans when possible. Big savings really can happen with the flip of a switch!
Clean Filters: Don't make your air conditioner work harder than it has to. Replace dirty HVAC filters often.
Cook Out: Grilling outdoors uses less energy than traditional ovens and it doesn't heat up the house.
For more information on Earth Day and how you can help grow towards a better world, please visit https://www.earthday.org/