Eight Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, to demonstrate support for a healthy, sustainable environment. More than 20 million Americans of every description took part that day, gathering in streets, parks, and auditoriums coast to coast to rally for our planet.
The energy generated that day resulted in the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Nixon, and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species acts. The environmental movement has since spread worldwide, with commemorations in 193 countries on April 22 every year.
Because Tommy Williams Homes is a green builder in Gainesville, meaning we design our homes to maximize environmental as well as economic performance, we are especially concerned with how to keep the earth healthy and safe for the life it supports.
Therefore, we thought you might appreciate some ideas for ways you can personally contribute toward saving the planet.
1. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
- Reduce the amount you buy; rent or buy secondhand when possible.
- Reuse where possible instead of tossing things.
- Recycle as much as possible. Not just trash items, but old clothing, furniture, and especially electronics.
2. Choose green products.
- Buy natural cleaning products or make your own (try baking soda, lemon juice, or vinegar).
- Look for the Green Seal, which certifies products are environmentally safe.
- Always look for the Energy Star label when buying appliances.
3. Drive green.
- If you can’t walk, bike, or carpool, select a car that gets good gas mileage.
- Remove unnecessary items that weigh down the car and reduce mileage.
- Keep tires properly inflated to save gas.
- Maintain it to get the best mileage and reduce pollution.
4. Conserve water.
- Fix faucet drips.
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off water while brushing teeth.
5. Save electricity.
- Unplug items when they’re not in use.
- Switch to CFL or LED light bulbs.
- Line-dry clothes.
- Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees.
6. Eat healthy.
- Go meatless at least once a week.
- Buy locally grown produce.
- Skip bottled water; use a reusable water bottle instead.
7. Create a haven for birds and wildlife.
- Let part of your yard go “wild” by planting wildflowers and native plants.
- Provide a ready source of water for birds and wildlife.
- Eschew chemical weed killers, pesticides, and fertilizer. Learn about natural controls, instead.
8. Choose a green home builder.
If you’d like to live in a home that respects the earth every day, you’ll want to move into a Tommy Williams home. Designed to your specifications, our homes are constructed to strengthen and protect biodiversity and ecosystems while enhancing your family’s comfort and health.
Contact us today to learn how you can soon be living in a convenient, luxurious, environmentally friendly home.