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Happy Earth Month!

Climate action is now more critical than ever and we’re thrilled to provide practical programs, services, and education that help people and businesses save energy, reduce waste, and protect the planet! Although every day is Earth Day at CET, we’re especially excited to celebrate Earth Month throughout April and hope to see you at some of these great events !

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What’s the Deal with Strategic Electrification?

As action on climate change grows in urgency, some states have already begun promoting energy efficiency and carbon-free electricity as methods to address these environmental problems. Massachusetts, for examples, offers Mass Save, an energy efficiency initiative focused on empowering residents, businesses, and communities to gain access to energy efficient upgrades. While these upgrades are important, according to the National Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP),  strategic electrification needs to be incorporated to fully meet carbon reduction goals.

Photo credit: Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

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Eco-Friendly Cleaning

We can finally look forward to warm temperatures because spring is here! For many, the blossoming of flowers and the budding of trees renew our dedication to cleanse our homes of all the dirt, dust, and any other debris we’ve accumulated during the winter.

There are several cheap and sustainable alternatives for household cleaning, which allow us to get away from chemically driven cleaning products. Dirt and dust aren’t the only culprits for indoor air pollution, the off-gassing of chemicals in cleaning products are also to blame. Time to make the switch!

Look at what you have on hand, and what you use it for. This will help you find eco-friendly substitutes for any harsh chemicals you may have.

Baking soda effectively cleans, deodorizes, and cuts through grime.

  • For a heavy-duty toilet and shower cleaner mix ½ cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of vinegar and ½ cup of water. Put the solution in a spray bottle, let it sit for several minutes, then scrub and rinse after applying the solution.

Lemon juice annihilates bacteria, mildew, and mold.

  • Tired of bleaching your cutting boards? Lemons are a great alternative to disinfecting wood or plastic cutting boards. All you need is to cut a lemon in half, scrub over the desired surface, and let it sit for ten minutes before rinsing. Talk about a non-toxic solution!
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Plastic Pollution Solutions: Working 9 to 5

We’ve already discussed how to end our plastic reliance in the home and in your children’s lives. Considering we spend a third of our lives at the office, it can be a significant investment to address plastic in the office culture as well. From cutlery to phones, plastic has integrated itself into every facet of our daily routine.

Regardless if you are an entry level employee or a CEO, there are ways to reduce the amount of plastic in your office and encourage more sustainable habits with your coworkers.

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Plastic Pollution Solutions: Keeping it Kid-Friendly

Earlier this week, we discussed the proliferation of plastic in the home. As the rate of plastic production and consumption increases, it becomes even more of a concern for future generations. Because most plastic is produced from chemicals derived from fossil fuels, it never truly breaks down or disappears. All of the plastic that has ever been created – over 8.3 billion tons – is still present in the world today, whether it is recycled or ends up in our oceans and waterways. Knowing that plastic pollution is a problem, it’s important to teach children about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling as much plastic as they can so that future generations can live in a cleaner and less toxic environment.

While kids definitely have a say in the food, clothing, and toys that they use, the majority of purchasing power lies in the parents’ hands. Here are a few actionable steps to limit the amount of plastic in the lives of your children:

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