Lights OUT

Hello everyone! It has been a bit since I last posted, but I really wanted to get writing again. I have been quarantined at school in complete isolation for a little over a week now, and things have been surprisingly okay. I was in Spain for spring-break and could not risk giving the virus, despite having no symptoms, to my parents or other family members. (Yes you can spread the virus without symptoms) Just doin what I gotta do!

I’m sure some of you have seen what the ‘absence of humanity’ has done since lockdowns began. The air pollution in Italy and China have significantly fallen, and canals in Venice are crystal clear. But I don’t think that humanity has to go away for nature to thrive.

Sometimes lifestyles and habits change, and as we are shifting toward a lifestyle at home, I started thinking about all of the habits we have at home. I have been racing to think of ways that we can stay as eco-friendly as possible while also staying safe. One thing that struck my mind was energy, specifically electricity.

E-Tips for Staying at Home

Turn off your lights! Most electricity in the United States comes from natural gas and coal. No, the outlets in your wall don’t just spark up naturally. The electricity you use to make your frozen pizza and charge your phone mostly comes from burning fossil fuels!

As you move from room to room in your home, try to remember to turn off your lights! Turning off lights, reduces energy, which reduces carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases. Maybe you will create a better habit for when life gets back to normal and everyone is using less electricity.

UNPLUG your devices! Ever hear of a vampire device? It does exactly what it sounds like it would, it sucks energy from your outlets even when it isn’t being used and the power is switched off. Keurig’s and other coffee makers are a big culprit! TV’s, radio’s, treadmills and other devices are as well.

Almost 75% of the energy used to power household electronics is consumed when they are switched off, which can cost you up to $200 per year! So unplug that sh** for your wallet too.

As we are constantly plugged in to technology, try to charge your phone during the day until it reaches about 100, then unplug it rather than wasting the energy over charging at night while you sleep! Plugging your phone in while you sleep can actually weaken the battery’s lifespan anyways. Since none of us are doing our regular 9-5 days, just try it out!

Here is the link to the EPA’s guide on reducing energy in your home. Here you can find out what kind of energy is used near you. And what kinds of appliances/ products work on reducing the amount of energy they use in the first place!

USE LESS water. Gentle reminders, as we wash our hands maybe a little more than normal… Please remember to turn off the water between soap scrubbing and actually washing!

When you are brushing your teeth, turn OFF the water. Brush them pearly’s but please remember to turn off your running water!

Take advantage of the time that we all have and…plant a garden! Gardens can reduce air and noise pollution, filter ground water, and cut down on pollution. You might be wondering how this is possible, to do when all kinds of stores are closed! But I know for sure grocery stores sell a limited amount of seeds and other plants that you might be able to start with! Succulents are easy to take care of, so are a lot of other house plants that can bring a little bit of outside, inside your home.

I hope all of you are responsibly quarantining, and social distancing to slow this thing down! Dance and sing your hearts out, stay safe & healthy — but like always give me a like, share, or repost pleaaaaaase (:

xoxo

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