27 Apr Go green all year long
Last weekend, there were a lot of local celebrations of Earth Day.
In Delray Beach – one of the many communities in Palm Beach County where you can see residential wood fencing as well as PVC fencing from Zepco Fence – the city hosted a free family-friendly day of fun activities related to recycling, renewable energy, gardening and green technology. Attendees were able to learn about adopting a sustainable lifestyle from more than 20 participating businesses and organizations including:
-Sea to Shore Alliance
-Ygrene Energy Fund
-Florida Power & Light
In Ft. Lauderdale, not far from where Zepco’s expert wooden fence installers have created commercial fences that serve both form and function – folks gathered in Esplanade Park for another free event designed with families in mind. With a theme of “Heal the Planet,” the day included
- Kids Zone
- Movement Zone
- Chef Competition
- Live music and more
But just because Earth Day 2018 is now in the rearview mirror, that doesn’t mean we can forget about the environment until next April rolls around. There are plenty of things you can do on your own that will make a difference!
- The next time you visit one of our beautiful beaches, take an empty bag with you and collect any litter you might see.
- Take your own re-usable bags when you go to the grocery store.
- Make sure you are recycling at home and at work.
You might be surprised at the number of things that can be recycled. The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County has joined forces with Recycle Coach to help you answer the question Is This Recyclable. Note sure how to dispose of your old tv, dad’s old chair or the batteries from your electronics? You can find the answer by searching disposal database.
Wondering if you should throw the leftover bag from your potato chips into the trash or the recycling bin? (You didn’t have any problem figuring out what to do with what was inside the bag, did you?) You can use a digital assistant to find the answer by saying “Okay Google, ask Recycle Coach if I can recycle this snack bag.” Or “Alexa, can I recycle this empty milk carton?” Click Here to Learn More about the Recycle Coach app that is being used in more than 3,000 communities around the country.
You might also want to consider some of the suggestions from the Worldwatch Institute, a global environmental organization. They offer 10 Ways to Go Green and Save Green. Some of our favorites from their helpful list of money-saving suggestions. Here are some of our favorite tips from their list:
- Set the thermostat on your air conditioner a few degrees higher.
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
- Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.
- Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.
- Install a low-flow showerhead. They don’t cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment.
- Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.
- Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.
- If you eat meat, add one meatless meal a week. Meat costs a lot at the store-and it’s even more expensive when you consider the related environmental and health costs.
- Skip the bottled water. Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste. Try using a reusable water bottle when you’re heading out the door. They’re not only better for the environment, they can keep your water nice and cold.
Not sure if it’s really worth the effort? Just remember what the folks at the WorldWatch Institute say: “Our grandchildren-and their children-will thank us for living more sustainably.”
And, if you’re looking for sustainable options when it comes to commercial fences, ornamental fences or modern wooden fences, we hope you’ll call Zepco Fence at 954-410-9570.