Earth Day 2013: Your part starts at home

April 22nd, 2013

By Toni Guagenti, Virginian-Pilot Correspondent, April 20, 2013

sasha owens plants community garden at five points community farm market

Above: Sasha Owens, an Old Dominion University student, helps the Five Points Community Farm Market plant a community garden at Norview United Methodist Church on April 13. (Toni Guagenti | For The Virginian-Pilot)

YOU NEEDN’T own a hybrid car and live in a house certified by the U.S. Green Building Council to help Mother Nature. Finding small, yet significant, ways nowadays to conserve, reuse, protect and sustain the environment, and the place you occupy in it, can be easy. Just start at home. So don’t just celebrate Earth Day 2013 this weekend, and on its traditional day, April 22, by heading outside to a local celebration. Commit to one or more of the following ways to do your part to go green at home or in your neighborhood. The planet will thank you.

Switch out your incandescent or CFL light bulbs to LED light bulbs.Kevin Tucker, president of SOLitude Lake Management in Virginia Beach, deals with lighting issues at work. SOLitude is a lake and pond management company. Seeing the switch to light-emitting diodes for underwater and fountain lighting on the job made Tucker decide recently to make the change at home. Tucker said he spent about $400 to $500 to install LEDs – from flood lights to lamp bulbs – throughout his house. Not only will the number of hours the lights last increase significantly, the drain on the electric bill will lessen, he said. “It’s definitely an investment up front,” Tucker said, but added he may never have to replace a bulb because of their efficiency. “It’s one and done.” Hardware and big-box stores sell the light bulbs, so check around for the best price. Don’t be surprised if one costs $30. But, remember, it can last 25,000-plus hours.

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The SOLution SOlitude Lake ManagementThe SOLution is a company-wide program that encourages the company and all employees to strive to “create a better world” through volunteerism, community outreach, sustainability and environmental consciousness. SOLitude’s company leadership feels it is important to not only be good stewards of the environment and good corporate citizens, but also to fulfill company core values to “take action and be accountable” and to “protect and respect nature.” To participate or share a non-profit’s goals for consideration in The SOLution, contact Tracy King at [email protected].

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