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The very first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. It’s incredible that this annual observance, begun 47 years ago in North America, is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement and leading the way for such ground-breaking laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.1 On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Earth Day will once again be celebrated here in Canada, as well as in over 190 other countries.

There are numerous simple steps we can all take to limit our use of the world’s resources. Some steps will also help reduce your household energy bills…

Energy-saving tips

Turn off the lights

It's the little things that count… and add up to savings. We take for granted all the lights in our home that make our lives comfortable and safe. We should, however, get into the habit of turning off lights when not in use. In fact, two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off for an average of just two hours per day could save you up to $12 a year.2

Be sure to change your old bulbs for more energy-efficient ones! Compact fluorescent bulbs use up to 75% less energy than standard bulbs. According to Toronto Hydro, the average home has 30 light fixtures that consume close to $200 worth of electricity every year. By just replacing five bulbs with qualified compact fluorescent bulbs, you'll save up to $30 a year!3

ADT’s remote lighting control can also help. Thanks to our remote lighting control, you can program lights to turn on and off according to your schedule. Save on power all day, yet be welcomed home by an inviting well-lit house!

Lower the heat or air conditioning

Coming home to a comfy house is one of the joys in life. However, the biggest portion of your energy bill goes to heating or cooling your home. So don't just set that thermostat and forget it. Keep your home at the right temperature and don’t waste money cooling or heating your house when it’s not necessary. An ADT remote thermostat control puts you in charge of your heating and air conditioning right from your smartphone or laptop.

Eco-friendly tips

Recycle dead batteries

Whether from remote controls, flashlights, portable tools, mobile phones or children’s toys, we all go through batteries. Because they contain dangerous materials, including heavy metals and acids, they can pose serious environmental risks if not discarded properly. Did you know that used batteries can be recycled because they are a good source of base metals? Visit Call2Recycle to find a collection location near you where you can drop off your used batteries for recycling.

Take shorter, cooler showers

A shower uses almost 2/3 less water than a bath, and short showers are one of the best ways for the family to save. Lowering your water temperature helps avoid scalding and reduces energy consumption.

Just say No to disposable drinking bottles and cups

Drink from a reusable glass or mug. You’ll enjoy it more and save the planet from discarded plastic and paper. Replace your use of plastic water bottles by getting your own refillable bottle… stainless steel ones, insulated or not, are great.

Limit food waste

Canadians dispose of tons of food that could be eaten each year. As that food takes millions of litres of water to grow and energy to transport, not to mention the global-warming methane caused by food decomposing in landfills, your whole family should be conscious of food waste. Simple steps like meal planning and shopping with a list will not only save you money, but also cut down on buying unnecessary food. Taking inventory in the fridge mid-week ensures you are not forgetting about food. And, if you find you couldn't resist those peppers on sale, cooking and freezing them while fresh for future use makes good nutritional and money sense! Finally, get a compost bin (many municipalities supply them) and be sure to put all your compostable food scraps in!

Get your kids involved!

Teach your children about protecting the planet (and they’ll be sure to remind you). Have your kids take the fun "Play and Learn! Eco-Quizzes" provided by EcoKids Earth Day Canada here.

 

[1] Earth Day 2017

[2] BC Hydro

[3] The Star: 16 Ways to cut your Hydro Bill

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