Earth Day 2020 is here! Are you looking for ways to celebrate this special and important day – indoors? Although our celebrations will be slightly non-traditional this year, we can still do our part to help Mother Nature on the 50th anniversary. Here are 5 zero-waste tips to help make your indoor Earth Day celebrations a success:
- Learn about Earth Day
With children being out of school, many parents have taken the route of educating from home. Teach your children about the importance of Earth Day by incorporating it into your lesson plan. Educate them on different environmental issues and how different people across the Globe celebrate. A great resource is the Earth Day Organization. They have tool-kits, quizzes, challenges, and more!
- Plant an indoor garden
With the warm weather arriving soon, now is a great time to begin the growing season. No worries if you don’t have an outdoor garden, a window sill will do too! If you can’t run out and grab seeds or seedling starter trays, look for alternative solutions around your home. Use cuttings from other plants, remove the seeds from your fruit and vegetables, or start seedlings in egg cartons or disposable rotisserie chicken containers.
- Analyze your energy consumption
To save energy, we’ve been told to turn off lights and change to energy efficient options. But, do you really know how much energy your household consumes? Calculate how much power it takes to run your devices by using an online calculators, like SaskPower power consumption calculator. Unplug devices that are not in use, as some will continue to use power even when turned off.
- Maintain HVAC systems
As heating and cooling costs make up the majority of our energy intake, ensure you complete regular maintenance on heating, venting, and air conditioning systems. Furnace filters should be changed out every three months, or monthly if you have heavy shedding pets. When temperatures warm, keep your windows and blinds closed so that air conditioning doesn’t run consistently.
- Start composting
Anyone can start composting their organic waste, even if you don’t have a yard to spread the final product. Composting turns organics waste into a usable product and reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Not sure which option is right for you? Simply use The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s composting quiz to find which system is right for your household.
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