Each year, on September 21st, right before the season changes from summer to fall, an International Day of Peace is celebrated worldwide. Each year, a different topic pursuant to ways peace can be encouraged is chosen; This year’s theme is “climate action.” We don’t think a more fitting theme could have been chosen than this.
Combating climate change is one of the most important actions we can take as a society right now. With rising temperatures, we’re seeing an increase in natural disasters, prematurely melting snow, rising water levels, and more problems that are severely affecting our communities.
So, what can you do to personally help to combat climate change? One of the easiest and most effective ways is right in your home - your heating system. For this #PeaceDay, we’ll discuss the importance of the HVAC system and what you can do to make an impact on climate change.
The Social Effects of Climate Change
Climate change affects more than just the temperatures, it affects how we live and interact as a society. When we’re experiencing more extreme weather, it can displace communities and change the structure in which we conduct our daily lives. Consider these scenarios:
- Climate change can make for some uncharacteristically cold winters. When this happens, the more heat will be used in homes, which in turn increases the amount of energy we’re consuming and fossil fuels we’re burning.
- Erratic and different weather patterns can have some extreme social effects. For instance, when rainfall patterns are affected, it can cause flooding and drought; This can kill farmland and crops, forcing families to move and reducing the amount of food available to communities.
- Fires and flooding can decimate entire towns and cities, causing residents to relocate.
Do Your Part With a Programmable Thermostat
If you’re looking for a good way to combat climate change, a programmable thermostat is a great addition to any home. Controlling your home’s heating system and HVAC with a programmable thermostat saves energy by allowing you to set your home’s temperature to be maintained more evenly throughout your home.
You can control settings and make adjustments right from your phone and even set changes to happen during different times of the day. All of this combined will ensure you’re using less energy, which will put less strain on your local power grid and help to conserve resources. Your pocket will thank you, too - homeowners who use programmable thermostats save an average of 30% on their energy bills.
Save the Earth, Plant a Tree
Trees have an incredibly important job of filtering the air we breathe and absorbing carbon dioxide. This International Day of Peace, getting together with friends and family to plant a few trees is a great way to do your part in reducing the effects of climate change.
With every tree planted, our air quality improves and we can breathe a little easier as a society. When it comes to caring for and preserving our planet, every little bit counts. This #PeaceDay, think of all the ways you can help.
Installing a programmable thermostat and planting trees are great ways to help; But there are other things you can do on a daily basis, as well. Consider carpooling with your family or coworkers more regularly, kick your recycling habits into high gear, or look for ways to conserve water usage within your home - these are all impactful ways you can help to correct climate change problems.