Celebrating Earth Week with Cleaner Energy

Many kids celebrate Earth Week by planting gardens, walking to school, composting, packing waste-free lunches, and even hosting a “no carbon footprint day” when lights and computers throughout school stay off.

At the Healthy Home Project house, one goal is to become less energy dependent (though we can’t exactly live off-the-grid in such an urban area). A great choice would be investing in solar, but there are economical choices anyone can do, such as switching to “green” power. What does that mean exactly? Instead of a utility provider sourcing electricity via a company of their choice, a renter or homeowner can choose a supplier offering renewable energy. The delivery and billing process stays the same, which makes the switch pretty seamless.

Our home’s new supplier offers a choice of 50% renewable energy (for the same or slightly less cost), or 100% renewable energy (slightly more per month). With the 100% “green” energy option (from wind power), I’m noticing that making the switch instills a greater awareness of energy use overall. We’re more apt to turn off the lights in the first place, making this choice closer to budget neutral. Kids can easily get involved by helping to reduce electricity use every day.

As the Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax says,

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better.
It’s not.”

There are more ideas for any home on the HHP Pinterest pages. Just one switch can be a great start to a healthier home and planet.

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