Now that school is out for the summer, I know that many of you will be spending lots of time outside. Personally, this is my favorite time of year because I love spending time outdoors. One of my favorite hobbies is gardening with my family. We plant trees whenever we have a chance and water all of our plants only when necessary (that helps save water!), which keeps them nice and healthy. Plants are important for the environment and provide clean air for us to breathe. As you may know, there are many “green” gardening tips and Earth-friendly ways to help Spare The Air in your neighborhood, and around your home and garden. Here are some of the ways my family and I help Spare The Air!
- Plant a tree. Trees provide us with clean air. Planting a tree is really easy. This tutorial will help you through the process.
- Start a compost pile. Compost is made when you take kitchen scraps, such as leftover fruits and vegetables you don’t finish from your meals, and put them in a pile or compost container in your yard. It then becomes nutrient-rich food for your soil and can be a great way to help your garden grow naturally!
- Water smartly. When you water your plants, try to be as efficient as possible. Water your plants and garden during the coolest part of the day, so most of the water has a chance to soak into the ground before it evaporates. Focus on each individual plant and give it a nice soak around the base. This will help the roots grow stronger – plus, more efficient watering means more water conservation, and that helps our planet too!
- Avoid using oil-based pesticides. If you’re currently using these chemicals, replace them with a water-based solution because it will contribute less to smog than an oil-based pesticide.
- Use electric instead of gas-powered tools. Switch to an electric mower or weed-whacker to help prevent pollution in the air. You’ll be making a positive impact on the environment and the air quality in your community.
For more air quality information, check out my website, and don’t forget to ask your parents to download the FREE Sacramento Region Air Quality app. They can use the app to check the daily air quality forecast and get current conditions at the air monitoring sites in our region. For help downloading the app, click here to watch a short video.
You can also check my calendar to see where I will be visiting next.
Remember, CLEAN AIR IS UP TO US!
In the previous blog, we learned why Check Before You Burn is important and where you can check to see if it’s okay for you to burn. This month I’m going to share with you some easy ways you can stay warm, and warm up your house, WITHOUT burning wood.
Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. Your fan usually moves in a counter-clockwise direction which creates cool air. However, switching your ceiling fans to a clockwise direction pushes the warm air from your ceiling back down toward your floor, making you feel warmer!
Use draft guards. Roll up a towel or blanket and place one at the bottom of each door that leads outside. This will help keep cold air from sneaking into your home. If you don’t want to use a blanket, there are plenty of fun draft guards available in the shapes of dogs, cats and even snowmen.
Consume warm foods/drinks. Drink hot chocolate or apple cider, and eat lots of soup to warm up your body.
Wear a blanket. I think we all know this one, but there really isn’t a better way to stay warm than wrapping yourself up in a big cozy blanket!
It’s important to remember that the reason we don’t burn wood on NO BURN days isn’t just to protect the environment, but our health as well. According to Families for Clean Air, wood smoke contains many of the same harmful substances as cigarettes. It can make us sick with illnesses that make us cough or hurt our throats and lungs.
If you use any of these helpful tips this winter, post a picture on my Facebook page of you and your family ‘in action” and you’ll have a chance to win a FREE family winter 12-pack of Cinemark movie tickets!
Be sure to check back next month to find out what you should do when you see other people burning wood on NO BURN days.
Hi everyone! Taking care of a pet is a big responsibility. (I should know…I’m a dog!) Pets need food and treats, clean air to breathe and bubble baths. Most over-the-counter pet shampoos use all kinds of chemicals that are bad for our environment and our air. I like to smell like flowers—not chemicals— so I use a special doggy shampoo that can be made at home.
Next time you give your doggy a bath, use this easy DIY pup shampoo recipe.
Do It Yourself Doggy Shampoo Recipe Ingredients
- 1 quart of water
- 1 cup of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup of baby shampoo
Pour ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up really well, and give your furry best friend a bath.
Let me know how your doggy shampoo turns out by sharing a picture of your family pet on my Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.