Here at SunHarvest Solar, every day is Earth Day. We pride ourselves in being champions for the environment we all call home, and protecting the planet is at the heart of everything we do. Of course, going solar is one of our favorite ways to do that, but there are countless actions you can take to make every day Earth Day, too!
1. Energy efficiency in your home, especially solar panels
It’s no secret that solar energy systems are our favorite way of going green and celebrating the Earth. Solar panels are a great way to make your home more eco-friendly, and they benefit both the environment and your bank account. The average American family spends about $1,430 a year on electricity alone. While solar panels require a small investment upfront, installing them on your home can save over $16,000 over a 20-year-timespan. Greenhouse gas emissions are a major contributor to climate change, and production of electricity is one of the largest sources of these emissions. By switching to solar, you can cut these emissions down each and every day without lifting a finger. That’s a win for your wallet, and a win for the planet!
2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (In that order!)
An easy way to make everyday Earth Day is to reduce, reuse and recycle your products. Doing so will help shrink your carbon footprint and preserve our economy, forests, air quality, land, oceans, and future. Take this ecological footprint quiz to get a better idea of how much waste you create each day, and to learn about ways to reduce it by making simple changes in your daily habits. Check out the graphic below for general recycling guidelines, but always be sure to double check with your local recycling provider to learn what items they can accept.
An easy way to reuse resources is by donating products and clothes instead of throwing them out, and purchasing used items when you can. Your local thrift shop or consignment store are just a few places to start when looking to donate or purchase used products and clothing. If you’re wondering about where and if you can donate miscellaneous items, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has a selection of places where you can donate specific items. Also, instead of throwing out broken items, try to repair them first. This will help to reduce the amount of waste you create, and help reduce the growing waste quantity in landfills.
3. Participate in a Cleanup in your Community
Earth Day is all about celebrating the beautiful planet we call home, and lending a helping hand to keep it beautiful is a great way to do that. This week and all year long, find out what efforts are going on in your community to clean up, preserve, or revitalize the environment around you.
Keep Arizona Beautiful, for example, works to clean up litter and contamination in communities statewide by educating and spreading awareness. Through their adopt a highway program, nearly 11,000 volunteers have cleaned almost 1,500 miles of landscape along state highways. In 2017 alone, 14,000 trash bags were collected.
If you want to volunteer your time to other locations in your community, it’s a good idea to check around your local parks, nature preserves, and neighborhoods to find opportunities to take action in keeping your community beautiful.
4. Support Policies that Support the Earth!
A great way to promote a cleaner, more sustainable environment is by sharing your voice in support of eco-friendly bills, policies, and candidates in your community, state, and across the country. Arizona recently saw a clean energy victory when two renewable energy advocates won seats in the SRP board election.
Pay attention to local elections to ensure you’re backing a sustainable future for your community. Additionally, it’s important to pay attention to elected officials who support sustainable choices and hold corporate and government entities accountable for their role in preserving our planet (and to pay attention to those who don’t).
Whether it’s a simple shift in your daily habits or an investment like going solar, everyone has the ability to make every day Earth Day. After all, we only have one planet to call home!