It’s Earth Day! At Plant Therapy we love our environment (kind of a lot) and we’re committed to showing it.
All this week, our Plant Therapy offices are trying one challenge each day to help be just a little bit kinder to the earth, starting today! We’ll post our challenge results the following morning. So check back to see what we accomplished and get a look behind the scenes at PT! Plus, you can follow along on social media by tagging us with #ptchange1thing.
1. Turn the lights out!
This is so simple, but it does so much good! Go lights-out when you’re not using them, or commit to working with the lights off. Use natural sunlight instead during the day and turn out all your lights when you head to bed.
2. Unplug vampire electronics.
Toasters, Kitchenaids, blenders…do they really need to be plugged in while they’re not in use? The answer is (of course) no, they don’t! What you might not realize is how much energy they still use just being plugged in and ready to use. Instead, keep your small appliance “vampires” unplugged until they’re needed.
3. Turn off your computer when you’re not using it.
Your computer is one of the biggest energy “vampires” in any home. Leaving it on and plugged in sucks up energy like almost nothing else in your home. So unplug and turn off your computer unless you’re using it. The environment will thank you.
4. Adjust your thermostat to be lower (or higher) by a few degrees.
Keep your heat down. Heating (or cooling) your house takes a ton of energy. So keeping your thermostat at a medium temp year-round saves you a ton of energy. Bonus, it also saves you money!
5. Wear layers instead of turning up the heat.
Is keeping your thermostat down making your toes numb? Bundle up! Adjusting the number of layers you’re wearing helps you regulate your body heat without using more energy.
6. Use ceiling fans instead of air conditioning.
We’ve already talked about what to do if your toes are frozen from saving energy, but what if you’re burning up instead? Ceiling fans are the answer to your prayers. They use much less energy than air conditioning and still keep you cool when temperatures are high.
7. Insulate your home!
So you’re bundling up and using ceiling fans, awesome! But you’re still missing this crucial step to save energy. Spending a few extra dollars to make sure your home in insulated properly and no nooks and crannies go unplugged can save tons of energy every year. And it only costs you a little up front.
8. Use lids on your cookware when cooking.
Using lids isn’t an obvious energy-saver, but think about it: putting a lid on your pot of boiling water helps it boil faster, right? That’s because you’re trapping the heat inside your pots, which means your food gets hotter, faster. Using lids can help reduce cook times and that means reduced energy use.
We’re not done yet!
Want to know even more about what Plant Therapy is doing to change 1 thing this week? Follow #ptchange1thing on social media and check back each day to see what our offices are doing to help the environment.
And don’t forget to check out what else Plant Therapy has done in our commitment to sustainability and eco-friendliness!