Happy Earth Day!

Well, the day is finally here. Earth Day has kicked off and we hope you taking steps to participate! If you’re a bit lost and don’t know exactly what you can do you can check out our Maximize Your Earth Day article. It’ll get you started and motivate you to implement some of these things into your day so you can get the most out of April 22!

As mentioned in Maximize your Earth Day, this could also be your chance to start implementing these steps into your everyday life. Only you can make the decision to start making a change that’ll beautifully impact your life and the future generation’s experience on our planet. Tell someone! Spread the word! Earth Day has expanded a lot over the last 50 years but everyone needs to participate to fully optimize this idea and strengthen the movement.

What are you doing to maximize your day today? Jump down to the comments and let us know what you’ve came up with to get the most out of today!

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How You Can Maximize Earth Day

Its been almost 50 years now since John McConnell spoke at the UNESCO Conference in San Francisco and first proposed the idea of Earth Day. It’s been through many stages since then and has immensely expanded. But now we are in a present where the Earth is arguably at it’s most vulnerable. Here we are going to go over numerous ways to contribute to saving the Earth that will ultimately maximize your Earth Day. First let’s go over a bit of the importance and history of Earth Day.

 

History

 

In 1969, John McConnell, a luminary with a passion for peace, religion, and science, spoke at a UNESCO conference in San Francisco and proposed a day to honor the Earth. The first day was to be on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, where many predictions about the future were made by various speakers to try to expand awareness. It also took place in 2,000 colleges and universities all over the United States. The date was changed and founded a month later by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson to April 22 and was held that year.

While the April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 140+ nations, inflating the expansion of the awareness across our globe. Senator Nelson chose the date of April 22 to maximize the participation of younger people, because of the date not occurring simultaneously with spring break or exams, it doesn’t fall on religious holidays and for the overall enjoyable weather of that time of year.

Today more than 190 countries celebrate Earth Day. In 2017 The March for Science will even be held on the same day, hopefully expanding the mission evermore to the entire world. While we are aware of it however, we must participate in some way and do our part to help your home (the Earth) survive and sustain. So lets get started!

Maximize Your Earth Day!

  • Plant a garden outside. What better way to celebrate than to work with the Earth to provide you food for the future.
  • Buy a reusable water bottle. This is a great way to tone down on the plastic consumption that ends up on the ground in one way or another.
  •  Collect rain in rain barrels to water your garden or even to purify and drink! (Check the legality in your state/country)
  • Wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot.
  • Make your own household cleaners. There are many simple recipes available at your fingertips.
  • Use a clothes line outside to dry your laundry.
  • Substitute all paper products like napkins and plates for better solutions, such as a cloth napkin and a washable glass plate.
  • Support your local restaraunts and stores in your community, especially if they get their product from less than 100 miles away from their location.
  • Pay any bills you have online, it’s actually greener!
  • Turn your computer completely off when you aren’t using it.
  • Replace all (or what you can) of your light bulbs in your home to CFLs or LEDs.

These are all perfect ways to enhance your experience on Earth day and at the same time create opportunities for a for a healthier life in the long run. Maybe think of Earth Day as your starting point, a starting point to actually make a change. If you think you have any great ideas to compliment out list,  get in the comments and tell us about it!

 

Kick Off Your Preparation for Earth Day!

Earth day is just over the hill folks. But it doesn’t HAVE  to start there for you. This could be one of many opportunities presented to you to get started and making the planet a little easier to manage, and maybe even get a little healthier at the same time! So in the spirit of Earth Day month, we wanted to highlight a few products that can maybe get you started! So without further delay….

The COLDEST Water Bottle

This interesting little bottle promises to keep your beverage cold for up to 36 hours or more. It’s also vacuum sealed and is built with stainless steel. This way, you can not only have stylish little
bottle to carry around, but also hopefully be encouraged to drink more water and have the benefit of simultaneously cutting down on the use of plastic in the production of water bottles!

 

Rain Wizard Rain Barrel

This classic, whiskey style of this barrel is a cool looking addition to sport in your rain collection
system. It has a capacity of 50 gallons, is made of Polyethylene and has a flat back to also minimize space! This particular barrel is rotationally molded to hold up against cracking and splitting, so be sure to pick this one up or one similar to it if you’re serious about reusing all that water.

LED/CFL Light Bulb

This may seem like a bit of a no brainer. But sometimes we may fall out of the habit of staying
green just like we fall out of exercising. People also sometimes underestimate just how much energy can be saved just by replacing all of the light bulbs at home to energy efficient ones. Online, these come in just about however number of bulbs in a pack that you can think of. Just order enough to supply your entire house and set a reminder when to stock back up!

WindyNation Solar Panel Kit

 

Out with the old, in with the new. Solar panel are on the rise and are only going to get bigger in
the near future. This is one of the best ways to efficiently power what you need and the systems can be as big as you want them. However, everyone has to start somewhere. The WindyNation 200 watt solar panel kit comes with everything you need to get your start in the solar community. This specific kit is designed for RVs, cabins, boats and so forth but can ultimately just be your starting line to even bigger projects in the future.

What are some of your favorite energy conserving products that you use day to day? Make sure to jump down to the comments and let us know!

 

Good news for Earth on Earth Day

There are a lot of great things happening in the renewable energy and consumer electronics space that help the Earth. Below are some recent articles that highlight these advancements.

Tesla will reveal a battery for your home at its April event

With the growth of solar power, the need to store that power has become a critical function. Tesla is looking to announce products to address this need during their April event. This shouldn’t be a huge surprise though seeing that Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, is also the chairman of SolarCity. I look forward to these advancements as it will set the bar higher and encourage additional development in the space.

Apple’s Environment Responsibility

Apple has been investing more in renewable energy to power their operations including a newly announce solar power farm in China. The best way to sum up their efforts is this quote for their site: “…it’s our responsibility to make sure that while creating beautiful products, we’re also caring for our beautiful planet.”

Google’s Earth Day Animal quiz

For a little distraction, try out Google’s “Which animal are you?” Earth Day quiz. I found out that I’m an octopus.

I wish everyone a very happy Earth Day and encourage you to spend time enjoying Earth’s beauty with the people you love.

Special release in honor of Earth Day

Carbon footprint of electronic devices

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), we’ve released a new feature on WattDoesItUse that allows you to see the estimated CO2 output for your device, based upon the electricity that is generated for its use. This new feature is apart of the power consumption calculator and it automatically updates based on how much you use your device. Spoiler alert, if you have solar power offsetting all of your electricity usage, then you aren’t outputting any CO2. If you aren’t using solar power and would be interested in learning more about it, look at our new Solar Power Resource section.

You don’t have to install solar power to celebrate Earth Day. Just being in nature and conserving energy is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. All of us at WattDoesItUse wish you a fantastic Earth Day!

Unplug, turn off, and enjoy!

April 22nd is Earth Day and a great time to appreciate all of the good things that the Earth has to offer. It is also a great day to Earth day flagshow your appreciation for the environment. Here are a few Earth Day activities that you’ll enjoy and will also help the environment:

  • Ride a bike/walk/take public transportation instead of driving
  • Go for a nature hike and enjoy Earth’s beauty
  • Turn off all of your lights and enjoy the night sky instead of watching television
  • Support Earth Day focused projects

However you end up spending your day, make sure you take some time to consciously appreciate the good.  At the same time, recognize the areas that can be improved upon and make those actions apart of your daily routine.