Homeowners are all familiar with Earth Day and Arbor Day, two days of the year when people create soon-to-be-forgotten checklists for living a greener, more sustainable existence. But green epiphanies shouldn’t be limited to just those two days. In fact, there are other, albeit lesser known, holidays throughout the year that are dedicated to celebrating and recognizing various ways to preserve our planet’s precious resources.
Here are a couple of environmentally friendly holidays you may not have heard of yet, that you can start celebrating this year.
- Global Wind Day: Wind energy is gaining momentum all over the world, and as such, there is a day dedicated to celebrating the advancements made in this area of renewable energy. Global Wind Day falls on June 15. Celebrated worldwide by environmentalists, it was created to recognize the incredible progress that wind energy is creating. In fact, according to the American Wind Energy Association, major cities across the U.S. continue to get on board with wind energy. Just recently wind energy accounted for nearly half (45 percent) of energy used to power the city of San Antonio, Texas for one day. What’s more, cities such as Burlington, Vermont, and Aspen, Colorado, are choosing renewable energy resources, such as wind energy, for 100 percent of their electricity needs. So, mark your calendars and set your sights on learning more about how wind energy is making leaps and bounds domestically and internationally.
- Fossil Fools Day: This holiday, as you might have guessed, comes from a word play on fossil fuels and April Fool’s Day. It falls on the same day as April Fool’s Day, the first of April, and is all about encouraging citizens to avoid being, well, fools about energy usage. At its core, the holiday, celebrated and organized by environmental groups such as the Energy Action Coalition, aims to raise awareness about energy resources such as wind and solar so that we can work to reduce carbon emissions produced by fossil fuels. For many homeowners, however, energy supply is comprised of fossil fuels. As such, when celebrating this day think of it as a day to consider ways that you can be smarter about your electricity usage rather than denouncing fossil fuels once and for all, as that is not feasible for many people.
Now that you’re aware of these two environmental holidays, you can mark your calendar and have a reason to be more mindful of your energy consumption habits all year round. If you’re looking for more information about energy supply options or sustainability, visit ConEdison Solution’s blog.