Celebrated annually on April 22nd, Earth Day continues to rise in popularity year after year. Founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, the first Earth Day was celebrated by over 20 million Americans on April 22, 1970. Initially organized at the grassroots level, under the direction of national coordinator Denis Hayes, hundreds of millions of eco-conscious civilians continue to join together annually, on a national and global level, to increase environmental awareness and activism.
From the start, Earth Day has had a major impact on all of our lives. In fact, born out of this inaugural observation, Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 1970, which still resides as the federal governing body for all environmental issues in America. Thanks to the EPA, we now have regulations regarding clean air, clean water, hazardous waste disposal and many others. Can you imagine if we didn’t?
At Batteries Plus Bulbs, we also take environmental conservation seriously, and we are diligent in exercising each of the EPA’s strict guidelines to the fullest extent of the law. As part of our social responsibility, we feel it is our duty to offer our customers access to the most eco-friendly disposal and recycling options available to them. We recycle spent batteries, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes and ballasts, and other portable electronic devices. All of our stores offer these recycling services.
Besides recycling, there are other ways to save on wear and tear on the planet. By conserving energy, we are also using less natural resources, burning fewer fossil fuels and creating lower amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. Decreasing our overall “carbon footprint” is the focus of Earth Day, and here are some other great energy saving (and money saving!) power and lighting options to consider adopting this year:
Lead-acid batteries are 99% recyclable and made of 87% recycled material.
Rechargeable batteries – This green technology commonly found in repeat-use batteries, like Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) AAs and AAAs, and Lithium-ions for cell phones and computers, effectively enables us to continue powering our portable devices charge after charge.
Solar Power – Another application that utilizes rechargeable batteries involves harnessing the sun’s energy to store and provide electricity for when we need it. For example, with regard to solar-powered landscape lights, the sun’s energy charges the batteries during the day to light the lamps at night, charge after charge and day after day. Portable solar-powered chargers are now available for smartphones and USB adaptable devices, too.
Testing and Rebuilding Batteries – Before buying a new battery, it’s a good idea to get your current one tested first. Whether using a Laptop Battery Analyzer or performing a Load Test on car batteries, if it’s determined that the battery isn’t the problem, then there’s no need to buy a new one. Reducing E-waste is also a great reason for rebuilding existing battery-packs for items such as power tools.
Energy-efficient lighting – As incandescent bulbs continue to fade away, CFLs and LEDs will continue to gain popularity. By saving 75% – 85% of the energy used to light these bulbs, upgrading to them sooner rather than later is a great idea to consider.
Happy Earth Day, Earth! Together, we can all work together to make a difference. After all, it’s our planet, our air and our water.
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In-store services include (among others):
• Cracked Screen Replacement
• Button Replacement
• Camera Repair
• Charge-port Repair
• Headphone-jack Repair
• Speaker Repair
• Battery Installation
• Screen Protector Installation