Start A Green Habit to Honor Earth Day 2013

Posted on Apr 3 2013 - 11:18pm by Brent Hardy

 

Celebrated each year on April 22, Earth Day is a good time to make a new commitment to do your part for the earth. I know that some people scoff at the idea that a single day can make any kind of difference, but “Earth Day” is a misleading name. It’s not a single day to think about the earth. Rather, Earth Day is your reminder to make a commitment to help the earth throughout the year. That’s how I think of it!

If you observe Earth Day 2013, you certainly won’t be alone. According to earthday.org, more than one billion people around the world are expected to take part in Earth Day this year! How will you mark the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day?

Maybe you’re already recycling, and you’ve switched to more energy-efficient lighting, so what’s next? I believe that changing your everyday habits can greatly reduce your carbon footprint. So, here are some simple suggestions to help you become a more earth-friendly person throughout the year.
Start A Green Habit to Honor Earth Day 2013

 

Don‘t leave a lonely computer on.

If you don’t plan on using your computer for more than two hours, turn it off to save energy. Turn off monitors (displays) if you don’t plan on using them for at least 20 minutes.

Also, take advantage of any power management features available on your computer. When you’re ready to upgrade, look for Energy Star models.

 

Slow down to save money and the earth.

It doesn’t pay to be in a hurry. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, for each five miles an hour you drive over 50 miles per hour, you’re using so much more gas it’s like paying an additional .26 cents per gallon for fuel. Save your cash plus the earth, and read more about fuel economy.

 

Stop paper bills.

When possible, switch to e-billing, or online billing. Paper already makes up the biggest percentage of municipal solid waste in the U.S., so try to leave your bills out of that. According to World Wildlife Fund, hardcopy bills alone generate nearly 2 million tons of carbon.

 

Switch to recycled paper towels.

The next time you’re out shopping, you can reduce the demand for virgin wood pulp and keep more trees standing. All you have to do is choose paper towels with a high post-consumer recycled paper content. If more consumers in the U.S. buy recycled paper towels, thousands of trees will be saved each year. Remember, trees absorb carbon from the atmosphere, so saving them means you’re protecting the earth.

 

I hope you’re inspired to develop a new green habit or two for Earth Day 2013. I’m going to practice slowing down when I drive!

What are you doing for Earth Day this year? Have you adopted new green habits for Earth Day in the past?

 

Start A Green Habit to Honor Earth Day 2013

About Brent Hardy

VP Facilities Management
Extra Space Storage

Brent Hardy has been with Extra Space Storage since 2001. He currently oversees all corporate construction & facilities management activities for Extra Space Storage. Brent has been the driving force for corporate responsibility with energy management and sustainability programs. His successful management in these areas has directly contributed to the growth of Extra Space Storage. Brent’s green initiatives have included solar power, implementing energy efficient lighting systems and daylight harvesting on a corporate scale for over 800 properties. He enjoys fishing, water skiing, avoiding airplanes and spending time with his wife and four daughters. Brent began his career in self-storage after spending several years with various firms in construction and operations management both in Salt Lake and New York City.

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