Don’t Miss it: Solar Eclipse is Happening Today!

Today marks the first solar eclipse of the sun visible to the contiguous U.S. in more than three decades!

If you’re planning on witnessing this astronomical phenomenon, be sure to do it safely. Protect your eyes with proper eyewear (and no, regular sunglasses won’t cut it). Make sure the viewing glasses you use are labeled with the proper code: ISO 12312-2.

And if you can’t watch it in person, here’s a link for some live streaming options starting at 12 EDT: https://www.nasa.gov/eclipse2017

Enjoy!

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Happy Earth Day!

Today is National Earth Day! Earth Day is celebrated every year in an effort to show continued support for our environment and its protection. 

Take action or spread the word. However you decide to recognize or help on this day, your Earth will thank you.

 

Gardening tips to help your environment

Spring has sprung and now is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy!

Did you know that April is National Gardening Month? If tending to your garden is on your “to do” list, check out these earth-friendly tips from epa.gov to help get you started:

  • Learn to compost at home. Use food scraps, yard trimmings, and other organic wastes to create a compost pile. Adding the compost you make to soil increases water retention, decreases erosion, and keeps organic materials out of landfills. 
  • Raise the cutting height of your lawnmower during hot summer months to keep grass roots shaded and cooler, reducing weed growth, browning, and the need for watering.
  • If you need large lawn and garden equipment such as tillers and chainsaws, you can reduce waste (and save money) by setting up a sharing program with your neighbors. 
  • When you mow, “grasscycle” by leaving grass clippings on your lawn instead of bagging then. The clippings will return nutrients to the soil instead of taking up space in landfills. 
  • Donate healthy plants that you want to replace to community gardens, parks and schools. 
  • If you have a wood burning fireplace, save your ashes instead of throwing them away. Once cooled, wood ashes can be mixed into your compost heap and provide nutrients to your garden.”

Eco Resolutions for 2016?

The new year brings new resolutions. Did you make one for 2016? And are you still sticking to it?

If you made an eco resolution, or even want to now, here’s a great link to not only help pick one, but also to help keep you on track. Eco resolutions are great for both you and your environment.

Check out the below for a great “green resolution” checklist: http://www.earthshare.org/2014/12/greennewyear.html

Looking for ways to cut costs with your home’s energy usage?

Spring is here, and the heat is starting to make its comeback. Turning on your A/C unit can get you thinking about how much energy your home is really using. Take a look at the top 5 energy consumers, and ways to cut costs in your home:

#1 Air Conditioner
Your A/C works hard to keep your house cool. “To save energy and money, we recommend keeping your A/C thermostat set to 78 degrees when you are home and 82 degrees when you are away. If 78 degrees isn’t comfortable for you, just know that with every degree you raise the temperature on your thermostat you can save up to 5 percent on cooling costs. Every little bit helps!”

#2 Pool Pump

“Have a pool in your backyard? If so, your pool pump is actually the second biggest energy user in a home. To save energy, we recommend limiting your pump’s run time to six hours each day in the summer and four hours each day in the winter.”

#3 Water Heater

“Water heaters are also a big energy user because you pay to heat water and about 10 percent of the heat escapes from the tank. You can reduce this heat loss by purchasing a low-cost kit to insulate the pipes. You can cut your hot water usage by replacing old high-flow showerheads with modern low-flow showerheads and save up to $80 per year. Lowering your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees can also help you save about $10 a year.”

#4 Lighting

“Lighting is the fourth largest energy user for homeowners. Many of you are already taking steps to reduce the cost of lighting your home by swapping out older bulbs for more energy-efficient options like CFLs and LEDs.”

#5 Clothes Dryer

“The fifth largest single energy user is the clothes dryer for most customers. However, refrigerators or even televisions could be the fourth or fifth biggest user if you have more than one and they are older models. If you are considering a new refrigerator or big screen TV, make sure you look for the ENERGY STAR® label to ensure it will be energy efficient.”

Information from Florida Power and Light’s Blog, http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-energy-users-in-your-home/?cid=ren0415L3&acctnum=8697907536

Stay Green with ECATTS!

Did you know approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the United States? And the average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year? That’s a lot of wasted paper!

That’s why we offer your training completion certificates in paperless PDF form! That way, you can get the training certifications you need and we can all help in cutting back on wasted paper. Just one more way you and ECATTS can help stay green together.

Reference: Student Environment Advisory Council