For most Americans, Labor Day, like the 4th of July, is celebrated outdoors with some sort of meat cooked over an open fire and a few libations to wash it down. If you’re lucky, there might even be a pool involved. EnergyEarth wishes you a wonderful Labor Day Weekend. We hope you get a chance to kick your feet up and enjoy some much deserved quality time with family and friends. We’ve put together this quick list of tips to help you conserve your hard earned resources while you celebrate the social and economic accomplishments of American Workers everywhere.
Just say no to plastic dishes – Use real glasses, plates, silverware and cloth napkins if you can. Since it’s Labor Day, if you just plain don’t want to do dishes, try shopping for items made from earth friendly materials. Companies like Eco Products have great alternatives to traditional plastic cups and paper plates.
Utilize the wind, it’s free – Open the windows and turn on the fans to give your AC a much needed break over the holiday weekend.
Cut back on powering those flood lights – Light a few Tiki torches or throw up a few LED string lights to illuminate your outdoor area.
Buy local – Try getting your meat and veggies from a nearby farm. Buy your beer and wine from a nearby brewery or vineyard. You can try going direct to the farm or shopping at a local farmers market. Many cities and states have organizations dedicated to connecting local producers, try starting your search at Local Harvest.
Pool people – Try filling or topping off your pool with rain water from rain barrels – Check out this 1 minute video
Go green on the grill – (say that five times fast) Grilling with natural gas, natural charcoal or just plain old wood is a great way to keep your carbon footprint minimal on Labor Day . The Organic Authority breaks it down in more detail on their blog.
Cut back on the driving – Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, try to minimize your travel distance by choosing a lake or river destination near you instead of the long road trip to the beach. If you’re organizing a party, try to get your friends to carpool, or ping Uber to pick them all up in one trip.
Use your time wisely as winter is coming – Seal up windows and doors, check your air filters and change them if necessary. Installing a programmable thermostat can save you loads of money throughout the year, check out our blog article on weatherization tips for more info.
DIY bug spray – Use homemade coconut oil bug repellant instead of the store bought, chemical laden brands.
Thanks for checking out our blog. EnergyEarth wishes you a safe, green and happy Labor Day Weekend!
By: Thomas Weld
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