Earth Day 2024

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd in the US. Around the world, it is often recognized as the day of the spring equinox.

The day was inspired by the growing environmental movement of the 1960s. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, along with Denis Hayes who was a graduate student at Harvard, created the first Earth Day on April 22nd, 1970.

Earth Day was a big hit on that day, over 20 million people attended events around the US. The result was the bolstering of existing legislation to protect the environment, such as updating the Clean Air Act in 1973 and creating the Endangered Species Act in 1973.

By 1990, a global Earth Day was created with over 200 million people participating in over 140 countries. Earth Day is now a true international event designed to raise awareness of environmental issues which include renewable energy and global warming. 

How You Can Celebrate Earth Day

There are several ways that you can celebrate Earth Day. While attending events and participating in parades that take place in your community is one way, there are plenty of other activities that you and your family can do.

Plant a Tree: Perhaps the most common and symbolic means of participation is to plant a tree. Trees not only provide shade from the sun, but they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. 

Use Alternative Transportation: Choose a day to walk, ride your bike, or take alternate transportation to your destination. Take the day to appreciate the beauty around you. Plus, you can save on gasoline and reduce carbon emissions by using alternatives to your gas-powered vehicle.

Reduce Water Usage: One way to celebrate Earth Day every day is by looking at ways to conserve the usage of water. It can be as simple as repairing a leaky toilet, bath, or pipe. Below are other ways to conserve water.

  • Put in a Water-Saving Shower Head
  • Only Run the Dishwasher When It is Full
  • Purchase Plants and Trees that Require Little in the Way of Water
  • Turning Off the Water When Brushing Your Teeth

Another way to conserve water and reduce waste is by using reusable bags, refillable water bottles, and shopping locally for produce.

Make your plans to celebrate Earth Day and continue to keep it in your heart year round. Earth Day is more than a celebration, it is an acknowledgement of our relationship with nature. We must protect and preserve our environment so that future generations can enjoy the splendor of our home.

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following.

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Demolition
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

Staying Safe During Extreme Heat

 

2023 was the hottest year on record, with extremely warm temperatures that started in the spring and stretched into the fall across the US, experts say that 2024 may be even hotter due to climate change. It is important to have the right resources to help you get through what may be a hotter than normal summer.

Cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, and Phoenix have funded new plans to help deal with the potential extreme heat. Some plans include providing resources to its citizens along with combating the urban heat island effect.

What Resources are Available?

Despite the proximity to the ocean, in San Diego the urban heating effect combined with relatively few days with clouds and storms means that the extreme heat could build significantly over the year. The resources that are being used across the southern regions of the US start with the efforts to directly reduce the heat island effect created by pavement, specifically asphalt. Such efforts include the following:

  • Planting More Trees
  • Using Cool Pavement Treatments
  • Creating More Green Spaces

There are also resources that people living in the city can use, starting with the designated cool zones found in public buildings such as libraries, malls, and other designated buildings. Because extreme heat can have debilitating effects, those who are most vulnerable like seniors, people with disabilities, and pets should stay outdoors as much as possible.

In San Diego, the city has created an Urban Heat Vulnerability Index that addresses how at risk the communities are within the city boundaries. This includes use of land, social, and health factors. Data collection campaigns are currently being run to better determine how extreme heat affects specific areas.

What Can You Do to Combat Extreme Heat?

For residents of San Diego, preparing early is extremely beneficial. The heat can start as early as late spring and stretch into the fall. The more you do today, the better off you will be tomorrow. 

  • Use Electric Fans to Circulate Cool Air and Reduce Strain on Your Air Conditioner
  • Drink Plenty of Water
  • Avoid Beverages with Caffeine,  Alcohol, and Sugar
  • Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
  • Wear a Hat Outdoors and Minimize Your Exposure to the Sun
  • Understand the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following.

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Demolition
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

Reduce Air Pollution in California

 

In recent years, California has led the way to reduce air pollution. While many of the efforts have been successful, California still suffers from extensive air pollution issues that affect over 90% of the people living in the state. Today, California is home to six of the top ten cities with the worst smog in the US. 

Effort to reduce air pollution along with shrinking its carbon footprint will require an effort from all residents of the state. Below are a few steps to help reduce pollution in your community.

Use the Sun

Adding solar panels is a great way to reduce pollution generated from power plants that run on fossil fuels. Another thing you can do during the day is turn off the lights and open the blinds. Allowing the sunlight to work for you means using less energy.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Lowering your thermostat by one degree in the winter and raising it one degree in the summer can help lower air pollution and your electricity bills as well.

Become Energy Conscious

When you are not using electric devices such as computers, printers, chargers, and similar equipment, unplug them from the outlet. Even when off, such devices continue to use electricity.

Add Insulation

Make sure your home maximizes the space reserved for insulation. The more insulation present, the more the air inside the home is trapped and the air outside the home stays outside. Consider adding protection to your windows or use storm windows that have insulating factors.

Transportation 

Cut down on how much you use your vehicle, instead consider these options:

  • Walk or Ride a Bike
  • Take Public Transportation
  • Stay Within the Speed Limit
  • Properly Maintain Your Vehicle
  • Drive Less on Unhealthy Air Days

One of the best ways to reduce air pollution is to combine different trips into one. If your vehicle is going to be idle for an extended period, shut it off instead.

Consider Low to Zero Emission Vehicles

If you are shopping for a new vehicle, look for the cars or trucks that have a low or zero carbon and air pollution emissions. One of the biggest contributors to the smog that many in California suffer from is vehicles, especially when driving for long periods of time.

A low to zero emission vehicle will considerably reduce the amount of emissions. When everyone is driving a low to zero emission vehicle, the reduction could be massive.

Remember to employ efforts to reduce air pollution when you can. Every instance can help reduce the unhealthy air that affects you, your family, and the people living in California.

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley

Environmental include the following.

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Demolition
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

Steps to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint


Your carbon footprint consists of the total amount of carbon emissions that are created by your
activities each day. From driving your vehicle, to heating your home, to the food that you
consume. Below are steps that you can take to reduce carbon emissions and make a
difference.

Clean Your Plate

One of the largest generators of carbon emissions comes from the food that we do not
consume. In the US, it is estimated that upwards of 40% of edible food is wasted. By reducing
food waste, you can help save on carbon emissions throughout the agriculture industry. From
the fuel and fertilizers used in farming to the refrigeration in the food distribution industry.
Organic food that rots in landfills creates methane which is 25 times more potent than carbon
dioxide. You save money by having to purchase less food when you clean your plate.

Conserve Water

Water along with wastewater treatment is one of the more carbon-intensive processes being
used today which generates considerable amounts of carbon dioxide. Reduce the water
reliance in your home by taking these simple steps.

● Use cold water when washing clothes.
● Handwash dishes when applicable.
● Dry clothes on a clothesline outside during the summer.
● Place a brick inside the toilet tank.

Drive More Efficiently

By going to the grocery store when driving to or from work, you can not only reduce carbon
emissions, but it can also help you save on gasoline.  If you have multiple vehicles,
choose the right one for the trip you are taking.

Insulate Your HomeFrom adding more insulation to sealing leaks, you can reduce the heating and cooling energy
costs of your home significantly throughout the year. Just by applying caulk to windows and
sliding doors can save an average of up to 20%.

Add a clear, plastic film to cover your windows to provide an additional layer
of insulation. For a few dollars, you can save a considerable amount on your energy bills as
well.

Switch from Incandescent to LED Lighting

LED lights use 90% less energy and last up to 25 times as long compared to incandescent light
bulbs. If you have any incandescent lights in your home, replace them with LEDs right away and
save a considerable amount of money starting with your next electric bill

Unplug Devices Not in Use

Computers, hair dryers, coffee makers, and other devices and appliances continue to use
energy even if they are shut off. To fully stop the sapping of electricity, you need to unplug them
from the wall or you can purchase a power strip for some of your devices and shut them off
when they are not in use.

Taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint will help lower the amount of greenhouse gas
emissions. When everyone participates by doing a little each day, it can greatly reduce the
impact that we are having on the environment.

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley
Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the
tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley
Environmental include the following.

● Asbestos Abatement
● Mold Remediation
● Lead-Based Paint Removal
● Demolition
● Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous
staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision
about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.

Benefits of Residential Solar

With rising energy prices, the advantages of solar energy are becoming more obvious everyday. Adding solar panels to your home offers pollution-free, renewable clean power that you can rely on, even when the electricity from the power plants is off.

But what are the pros of installing solar panels for your home? The benefits are several if you decide to add solar panels to your residence.

Save Money

The first and most obvious of the advantages is that you can save money on your monthly electric bill. Because the solar panels are adding electricity to your home, you are using less power from the power company. The result is that you save money each month when using the energy generated from the sun.

Keep the Power On

When the power goes off, you are no longer stuck in the dark. Solar panels come with battery storage, meaning that even in the middle of the night you still have electricity that can last for hours. You can run the essentials in your home such as the refrigerator, air conditioning, heating, and other necessities long after the power goes out.

Reduce Carbon Footprint

Providing a pollution-free power solution means that you are reducing the carbon footprint of your residence. The result is greater peace of mind, as you know the power that is being generated from a source that does not emit carbon dioxide, does not require digging or drilling into the earth, and will not pollute the environment.

Increase Sale Value of Your Home

Of the many additions you can make to your home, adding solar panels is one that has demonstrated a rise in sale value. Many people looking for a new home see the value of having solar energy providing electricity. When added to other renovations, such as improving the kitchen or bathroom, you may get a higher offer for your home. 

This increase in value is more commonly associated with those who purchase the solar panels rather than use a third-party owned system.

Affordable

Thanks to tax credits at the federal and state level, you can save money when purchasing solar energy for your home. The federal residential solar tax credit means you can claim a 30% tax credit on the cost of solar panels to your home. This tax credit is set to be reduced to 26% by 2033, but even then, you can still claim considerable savings when making the purchase.

It should be noted that there are a few downsides to adding solar panels to your home. Most notably the upfront cost is still considerable. Plus, it can be difficult to take the solar panels with you in case you move from your home. But such issues are rather minor compared to the considerable advantages that are gained.

Solar energy has been the alternate, renewable clean power solution for decades. Adding solar panels to your home generates advantages that provide you with pollution-free power at a lower cost. You can save money when paying for solar panels and you save money by cutting down on your electric bill each month.

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following.

 

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Demolition
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.