Wednesday, April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. If this were an ordinary year, we would be looking forward to gathering at the Plaza in downtown Las Cruces to celebrate Earth Day.
This has been no ordinary year, with the vast majority of us staying at home, often for prolonged periods of time to keep ourselves, our families, and our community safe from COVID-19. We have been learning how to accommodate additional functions at home, including working from home, taking school classes, socializing, practicing band, taking lessons, exercising, playing games, visiting with health care professionals and much more…ALL at home! This year, we will observe Earth Day while staying at home.
While we all look forward to returning back to a more normal life, this the perfect time to appreciate and give some love to our planet in honor of Earth Day 2020. Here are some ways you can make a difference.
SAVE ENERGY. Being at home 24/7, preparing more meals at home, using our electronic devices more, taking more showers, etc., we are utilizing more electricity and gas, and our energy bills are undoubtedly going up. To help minimize the impact on our energy bills, here are a few simple actions to take that will save you money AND be kinder to the planet.
- Clean HVAC filters and check weather stripping and seals around doors and windows to reduce air leakage.
- Have your AC system serviced to make sure it is running in tip-top condition. Anything that interferes with your system’s efficiency will cost you more in energy bills and may make it more likely that your system could fail you when you need it most.
- Consider going solar! This may not the right time to be spending money on a solar system to generate electricity for your home, but it is a great time to get a free evaluation by a reputable solar company, totally by phone and video conferencing, to see how much you could save by having a photovoltaic system installed. Find out if you could qualify for the State’s renewal of the solar tax credit this year. Click here to sign up for a solar evaluation.
SAVE WATER. Water is a precious resource, and Here are some simple tips to save water.
- The single biggest cause of wasted water is water leaks. Check all faucets and under sinks to make sure there are no leaks. Check all hose bibs outside, and make sure your automatic irrigation system isn’t leaking. Sign up here to have a COVID-19 trained licensed plumber or irrigation specialist to evaluate and/or fix leaks.
- Encourage family members to limit time in showers, and to turn off faucets except when directly in use. Eg, turn water on to wet a toothbrush, then off while brushing, then back on to rinse.
OTHER WAYS TO OBSERVE EARTH DAY.
- Plant a tree. It is estimated that a single tree can absorb as much as 150 kilograms of carbon dioxide annually. Planting indigenous, low water consumption trees in If a tree isn’t feasible, plant anything – a shrub, flower, or herb plant. Even indoor potted plants can absorb toxins within our homes and lighten our mood.
- Watch National Geographic’s special natural history programming beginning at 7:00 am. Wednesday, April 22, 2020, on all the major networks. This will continue all day, so whenever you tune in, you will find beautiful and fascinating documentaries that will bring the world right into your home. Be sure to tune in at 7:00 pm for the premiere of “Jane Goodall: The Hope,” a 2-hour special highlighting Jane Goodall’s life and journey providing inspiration and hope.