Turn It Off: How To Conserve The Planet’s Energy

As Earth Day gets closer, the team here at Nature’s Flavors wants to keep sharing tips on how to love our planet! While recycling might be the first thing to come to mind, saving electricity is super important.

What Does Saving Electricity Do?

Surprisingly, when we make an effort to conserve electricity, it has a huge domino effect. It affects the air we breathe, our water, and the environment around us. Basically, by saving energy, we reduce both water and air resources which in turn, reduces our use of natural resources. Keep in mind, natural resources are not unlimited.

Energy + Pollution = ?

Air pollution is an overwhelming problem for our planet. In order to meet the global demand for energy, we burn what are called “fossil fuels”. For instance, we burn gas, coal, and oil in order to produce energy. In effect, this energy fuels everyday things such as cars, heating systems, and kitchens. As well as resourceful places such as power plants and factories.

By the same token, these fossil fuels are detrimental to human health and development. Constant inhalation of this air pollution can lead to asthma, lung cancer, heart attacks, and even poor brain development.

How Can I Help?

There are sooooo many ways to conserve energy, but we thought we’d give you the top 5 easiest ways to do this!

First, switch out all of your regular lightbulbs for LED ones! Standard lightbulbs waste 95% of the energy they use just to produce heat, which is SUCH a waste.

Second, set all of your computers and as many electronic devices as you can to hibernate or fall asleep. That way, if you walk away from the computer for a long period of time, it will reduce the amount of energy it’s using in idle.

Third, wash your clothes in cold water! Washing machines and laundry detergents work best with cold water, therefore saving you some money.

Fourth, regularly clean your appliances. Most washers, dryers, dishwashers, etc., have some sort of filter or drain that needs to be cleaned regularly. Leaving these parts of the appliances dirty overtime will just make them work harder which makes them use more energy.

Fifth, unplug everything you can when you aren’t using it! Idle energy usage is a real thing and can totally be avoided. Not to mention doing a combination of everything can significantly lower your electricity bill! I mean, who doesn’t love saving money?

Bottom Line

There’s a lot we can do to help save energy, and it doesn’t have to be too difficult. If you’re interested in what else you can do to show our planet some love, check out Everyday Sustainability: Tips To Help Our Planet.

Everyday Sustainability: Tips To Help Our Planet

With Earth Day approaching, the team at Nature’s Flavors wanted to give you some tips on living a more sustainable life. Sustainability is something we all could be better at. Loving our planet is loving ourselves!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

The most common rule of thumb out there. This is an easy first step! We can easily reduce a lot of things we use. As a matter of fact, you can start with simple things. So, you can make sure to turn the light off when you leave a room. Or, turn of the water while you brush your teeth. You can even make sure to not use your thermostat when you aren’t home and switch your light bulbs to LEDs so they use less energy!

Practicing the habit of reusing is also a great method of sustainability. Although plastic is generally frowned upon, your day-to-day tupperware helps reduce waste! Comparatively, it’s also a great idea to invest in reusable water bottles and shopping bags. Undeniably, all three of these small changes will make a positive impact.

Despite the fact that we should usually avoid the use of plastic, sometimes it’s inevitable. For this reason, you should try to recycle all plastics. This includes bottles, straws, cups, containers, all of them! With this in mind, you can do this by dedicating a certain trash can or bin to recyclables. Undoubtedly, doing this will eventually pile up, so from that point forward, you can take your plastics to a local recycling center or even look into local recycling events in your area.

What Else Can I Do?

A very common and well liked practice is going paperless. Provided that we unavoidably get mail on a daily basis, there are certain ways you can reduce your mail. Enrolling in “paperless” statements with your credit cards and banks is great for sustainability. You can also start buying your produce from a local farmer’s market or farm. Doing this helps reduce “wasteful transportation emissions”. In addition, shopping local farmer’s markets not only help you get the freshest produce, but also helps farm families keep doing what they love.

As mentioned earlier, reducing plastic is important! When out at restaurants or out for your favorite coffee, simply say no to a straw. If you absolutely have to have a straw with your drink (like me), you can explore reusable stainless steel straws that are environmentally friendly! They come in all sorts of fun colors, sizes, and lengths, so you’ll never have to be without a straw.

The Bottom Line

We all have to do our part in loving our planet, and baby steps are the way to go! If you would like to read more about doing your part, check out Why You Should Start A Compost Today or Smells Like Clean Spirit: Using Essential Oils To Fight Bacteria.

Why You Should Start A Compost Today

We all need to do our part in helping the environment, and composting is a great way to start. Every year, Americans individually produce 1, 642 pounds of waste. Consequently, most of that waste is food.

Starting your own homemade compost is actually pretty easy. First, you need to separate your waste. Initially, start with a green and brown pile. Things like fruit and vegetable scraps, leftovers, egg shells, and coffee grounds will go in your green pile. On the other hand, things such as paper, cotton, sawdust, and dry plants will go in your brown pile. Uniquely, the importance of separating your waste lies within how they effect the compost as a whole.

Your green pile will help the compost create nitrogen, and your brown pile will help the compost create carbon. With this in mind, these two compounds are very important for your compost. The microorganisms not only need them to live but to successfully break down the waste. Generally, try to avoid putting meat, bones, or any kind of any type of animal fat into your compost.

Second, you need to find a suitable container for your compost and a good place to put it! Your compost can be large and somewhere in your backyard, or it can be in a small jar on your kitchen counter. It’s totally up to you. Just be sure that you always have small holes in your container of choice so that air can get it. Also make sure to start your compost with a soil base, and use a lid if necessary. Surely, it will keep unwanted pests out of your compost.

What Can I Use Finished Compost For?

You can use your compost as fertilizer, or as fresh soil to plant with. Keep in mind that a fully decomposed compost can take up to a year, or even more. So, patience is important in this process.

Click here to explore how you can use your compost soil if you don’t have a garden!

What’s The Big Deal?

As mentioned earlier, food waste takes up most of the space in landfills. By decomposing your own food waste on top of any paper, cardboard, wood, or garden waste, you are doing your part to significantly reduce the amount of waste sitting in landfills. By composting, we contribute to healthier plants, healthier air, and a healthier (and cleaner) planet!

If you want to read more eco-friendly content, check out the Ocean Plastic Pollution Crisis article, also on our blog!