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This year marks the 46th year that the world has celebrated earth day!

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For years many have celebrated this day by enjoying an outdoor festival or concert, planting a tree, or picking up roadside trash.  Often this day is a reminder to all of us how delicate and precious the world is around us.  It’s a reminder that all have a stake in the future, preservation and health of our world.

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Some pay closer attention to what type of footprint they will leave behind for future generations.  Many take action and start making small or large changes to their daily lives one of which is turning off the lights and letting the natural light in!

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People begin to open their blinds during the day rather than cocooning themselves. Instead of boxing ourselves in at both work and home, we invite nature back into our lives with simple means of doing so.

Many take a look at adding natural daylight to their living space.  Some install skylights to brighten up a room.  This method is a bit more expensive and may need structural modifications in order to make it feasible.  Many go the simpler route of installing tubular day-lighting devices to add natural light to a particularly darker area in a home.  Adding a day-lighting device can allow a homeowner to greatly decrease the amount of energy used within their home.  Tubular devices cost nothing to use; the sun is free!  Installing one tubular device can save about 19 pounds of carbon emissions annually.  By using a renewable resource, day-lighting systems are able to harness the sun’s rays and help build a sustainable future.  Natural daylight in your home enables you to go into a darker space without turning your lights on!  Bringing an expert in who can look at your entire house can help you make the decision on where the best placement is or design your space where you will get the most natural light in.

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If each one of us reflects this year on the 46th Earth Day we may begin to slowly make a change, a difference not only with our lives but future generations.

 

By: Katy Radcliff