Earth Day 2021
BECOME MORE SUSTAINABLE
There a variety of ways to help our planet this Earth Day. To learn more about opportunities you can take advantage of to become more energy efficient, protect the environment, reduce waste, and save money in the process, take a look at the list of actions and resources below:
Learn about our climate
- Check out the Rising to the Challenge series: Organized by the Framingham Public Libraries, the Rising to the Challenge: Adapting to Life in a Changing Climate series offers an array of events, activities, and resources to learn about climate change and how to become more sustianable and resilient. Click here or on the image below to visit the Framingham Public Libraries landing page for this series.
IMPROVE YOUR ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY
- Search for energy savings at home - Celebrate Earth Day by scheduling a no-cost Home Energy Assessment that can help you save energy, lower your monthly utility bill, and make your home more comfortable by keeping the right temperature inside all year round! Visit framinghamsaves.org today for more information and to get started.
- Adjust your thermostats – turning down your heating or air conditioning setpoints by a few degrees can make a big difference over time in energy and cost savings and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Learn about solar - Learn about how solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can work to produce electricity for your home with the MassCEC.
- Check your faucets and showerheads – even small leaks can contribute to large wastes of water and energy; check your faucets and showerheads to make sure they are completely off when not in use.
- Turn off your faucet when brushing – even a simple measure like turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth can have a big impact and help you save over 200 gallons of water per month if done consistently in the morning and at night!
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
- Learn the right way to recycle - check out the Waste Wizard to learn more about the proper way to recycle different types of items.
- Reduce plastic waste - wherever possible, try to cut out disposable plastics like bottles, straws, and bags to avoid them going into the waste stream.
- Think before you print – unless it is to sign, draw, or write, try to read documents on your computer as opposed to printing them out and use two-sided printing to minimize paper and ink use.
- Plant seeds from vegetables or fruits – whether in your backyard or in household pots with good access to sunlight, try growing plants from the seeds of fruits or vegetables like peppers or tomatoes as a great way to jump into gardening.