Cover your windows. These bright sunny days make for great summer activities, but a lot of the heat that gets in the house comes through windows. When the sun shines through, it warms up the room. Use curtains to cover the windows. This gives you control of the amount of sunlight entering your home. You can also use shutters and work from the outside before the heat has a chance to get inside.
Seal draughts. Heat can sneak into your home through the cracks under doors and around windows. Sealing drafts can help prevent the unwanted heat, and make it easier to cool down your home. Seal cracks with fillers around the window and door frames. Use draught strips and weather-seals to seal gaps under doors. If you are trying to cool your home on a tighter budget, try pushing a towel under your door to prevent heat from slipping in!
Ventilate your home. If the weather cools down for a day or an evening, try ventilating by opening your windows and doors. This will flush out the warm air and let in the cooler air from outside!
1. Classic Home Made Dye. Your classic homemade dye is made with vinegar, water, and food coloring.
- First boil your eggs. (For egg dying purposes
it is best to use white eggs, simply because the brown egg will not hold the
color as well. Save your brown eggs for
- Once eggs are boiled, allow them time to cool.
- Boil a pot of water. Once boiling, separate into glass cups.
- Add 1 tbsp. and food-coloring to each glass.
- Let them sit until color has set in.
- To decorate these eggs, use things you have around the house! Circle sticker, bunny stickers, masking or electrical tape.
- Get creative! With the stickers and tape, you can create different layers of colors.
2. The Natural Route. There are several different things you can use to create natural dye each recipe is per cup of water:
Last week, STRIVE® Fuel with Keep Odessa Beautiful supported the addition of 30 shade trees to Salinas Park and Woodson Park. As a popular and frequently visited parks in Odessa, this area was in desperate need of some trees. ALON 7-Eleven volunteers and their families worked with Keep Odessa Beautiful and the parks department to plant various types of trees including Live Oaks and Grow Bag Pines for families to enjoy!
1. Get your green clothes from a thrift store. Shopping from a thrift store can help you go green because you will be keeping those clothes out of a landfill. Not only will you keep them out of the landfill, but you will also save emissions from production and distribution. The 90s style is once again on trend, so find your clothes for a bargain!
2. Shop at your local Farmer’s Market for fun green food. St. Patrick’s Day is a great way to try out new recipes. Shop for the ingredients to your fun, green foods at your local Farmer’s Market. Farmer’s markets are sustainable and will keep your money in the local economy.
3. Try to use old decorations. If you are a saver, you will likely already have old St. Patrick’s Day decorations. If you are not a saver now is the year to start! Find old things around the house you can reuse.
4. Get crafty with nature. This holiday is the perfect holiday to incorporate nature. The theme is all green. Go outside and find some greenery that can double as decorations for this fun day.
1. Book Nonstop Flights. If you haven’t gotten your flights booked yet, make your flight nonstop. Take-offs and landings create most of the carbon emissions from a flight, so reducing your take-off and landing to one will be better for the environment.
2. Are more than two of you traveling? Make it a road trip! Believe it or not, road tripping with a group of friends or family can be more environmentally friendly than flying. Flying will be the more sustainable option if you will be the only traveler.
McAlister Park is a popular and frequently visited park in Lubbock. This area was an area in desperate need of some trees, and through Strive Fuel’s partnership with Keep Lubbock Beautiful, we were able to provide those much needed trees. ALON 7-Eleven volunteers and their families worked with Keep Lubbock Beautiful and the city parks department to plant various types of trees including Burr Oak, Texas Red Oak, and Western Soapberry trees to create a greener space for families to enjoy!
“McAlister Park is one of the main thoroughfares – with high visibility of traffic and a highly visited park. There are softball fields, a large playground and an area that is a habitat for wildlife. Through our ongoing, outstanding partnership with ALON 7-Eleven with STRIVE Fuel, these trees will improve McAlister Park and make sure the area continues to be a popular, frequently visited park,” says Raquel Padilla, Staff Liaison at Keep Lubbock Beautiful.
To begin the new year, we kicked off our partnership with Keep Big Spring Beautiful with our first project! For this tree planting, five Red Oak trees were planted at the Comanche Trail Municipal Golf Course. The golf course was affected by the drought and lost several trees. We are very excited to play a small part in bringing some life back to the area.
Thursday, January 12th was the perfect weather to get these trees planted! They were each 35 gallon trees and will provide the golf course with some much needed shade.
Thank you to all the volunteers that came out and helped with this project! If you have any ideas for any future projects in your community please email us email@example.com . If you are interested in volunteering in future projects, you can click here .
Over the past couple of weeks, volunteers and employees from ALON 7-Eleven joined forces with some of our favorite partners to make a difference in their communities and prove that when you choose Strive Fuel, you are planting trees.
In Albuquerque, ALON 7-Eleven with Strive spent a warm summer morning at Van Buren Middle School where ALON 7-Eleven employees and families worked to expand the school’s garden to continue the school’s beautification efforts and to bring more fresh foods to the hardworking students. In addition to providing food, the garden provides a space for students to learn and grow outside.
The rockstar volunteers got down and dirty as they worked hard amending soil, building new planting beds, planting fruit trees, and harvesting foods in order to create a long-lasting impact on the school’s environment and to fill a need for the students at Van Buren. Projects like this are a great way to give back to the community as the food that grows is provided to the families nearby the school.
Remember that time we supported the planting of 500 trees in the Santa Fe National Forest to celebrate New Mexico’s Arbor Day? Well, we’re doing it a little bigger as it’s national Arbor Day today! We’re happy to announce that we’ve supported the planting of 1,000 trees in Texas as part of the Arbor Day Foundation ’s Lost Pines Tree Recovery Campaign.
On September 4, 2011, three wildfires merged into one called the Bastrop County Complex Fire. This caused serious damage, as the fire was officially declared extinguished on October 29th causing damage to 32,400 acres of the Lost Pines Forest ecosystem. As it is our goal to continue to pull carbon dioxide and harmful emissions out of the atmosphere, and positively impact the environments of Lubbock, Albuquerque, and other neighboring cities, we are proud to support this project.
Did you know that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts our four tons of oxygen? That’s enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people!
It’s ONLY possible because of you. Our friends, families, co-workers, and everyone in between, who drive and choose to fill up at ALON 7-Eleven gas stations with Strive Fuel. When you choose to pump Strive Fuel, you’re choosing to make a positive impact on your community’s environment, and in this case, plant trees to revive and restore a park that was seriously damaged. Check out where to find Strive Fuel here .
Join us in supporting our partner, Arbor Day Foundation, as we wish them a happy Arbor Day!Thank YOU for choosing to #PumpHerePlantTrees.