Earth Day, April 22, 2011

Earth-DayAccording to the Earth Day Network, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world. That’s kind of a big deal and causes us to question, “Where did this all come from, what does it mean, and how can each and every one of us participate in this global effort?”

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22nd, 1970 which was coordinated by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson. This nationwide environmental “teach-in” day included rallies with approximately 20 million people participating on college campuses from coast to coast in an effort to raise awareness about population growth and environmental issues.

Since then, Earth Day activities have continued to grow and evolve through time. In 1990 there were 200 million people in 141 countries, raising environmental awareness to a global platform and focusing on the issues regarding recycling. In 2000 there were 5,000 environmental groups around the world, participating in Earth Day activities that reached out to hundreds of millions of people in 184 countries, working together to bring awareness to global warming.

While the focus of Earth Day continues to progress, the premise that there is still more awareness to be raised and work to be done is evident by the increasing numbers of great events taking place this time of the year in our local communities.

Friedman’s Home Improvement encourages you to comment on local events and activities in the area that other readers here may want to participate in. The goal is for everyone to bring awareness and offer solutions to environmental issues. We believe it is as equally important to share ways in which we can all embrace and incorporate greener practices into our daily lives, so as to celebrate every day is if it were Earth Day. After all, we live on Earth each day and not just once a year, or throughout the month of April.

Below are a few ways in which you can green (and improve!) your every day lifestyle. If you wish to add to this list, Friedman’s looks forward to seeing your shared green living tips and ideas!

Grow your own garden!
Not only does this promote a more active lifestyle (most DIY gardeners spend on average 5 hours a week tending their gardens), but also growing your own vegetables produces more nutritious and better tasting food in addition to saving you money. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, every $100 spent on a vegetable garden yields $1000 to $1,700 worth of produce!

Don’t let your money go down the drain!
Check your indoor water-using appliances and devices for leaks. Check out Leak Detection and Repair. Many silent leaks allow water and your money to go down the drain. To help detect unseen leaks go to Read Your Meter. Studies have shown homes can waste more than 10% due leaking, which costs both you and the environment.

Another large water waster can be leaks in your irrigation system. Fix irrigation system leaks quickly and check for water in the gutters or mud puddles. Inspect your sprinklers and drip sprayers regularly for leaks during the daytime since the optimal time to water is in the evening hours when you cannot observe leaks. If you have an older irrigation system, over 50% and even more than 75% of the water can be lost to leaks. Learn more about irrigation systems here.

When you’re looking to green up or clean up the Earth on Earth day or any day, visit us either at Friedman’s online or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice.

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