Hello everyone, and welcome back to fall! As the days get shorter, harvest days and holiday spirit gets nearer. Football is starting back up and 100 degree days are gone. Summer will be missed, but it’ll be back before we know it. Now, we’re getting ready for (safe) bonfires and making s’mores over the campfire. In this blog, we’ve put together some fall cheer and tips on how to help you conserve energy in the upcoming cooler months. But first, what is the significance of an autumn equinox?
It’s just as how the sun is directly at the highest point in the sky on summer solstice day, making it the longest day of the year. Today, on September 22, the sun is directly over the Equator, so day and night are exactly the same amount of time. Now, days will get shorter as the sun moves further away from us. Farmers will start to harvest just ripe produce around this time before the first freeze blankets over their crops. Animals will begin preparing for winter months either by gathering food for hibernation or migrating south to seek warmer weather. Click here to read more on the history of the first day of fall.
So, what are some things you can do to get into the fall spirit? We suggest going out for hikes. Not only will the walk be good for you, but it’ll be a great way to see all the changing leaves. Or, go to a state park in your area and have a nice BBQ/picnic, and camping. In order to have COVID-safe football nights, try moving your watch party outside, or online through virtual group conferences. Pumpkin patches may still be open to the public area: support your local farmer by going to a patch. You may be able to catch a hayride or find your way through a corn maze! For indoor fall festivities, decorate your own fall/Halloween wreath. Or, roast pumpkin seeds in the oven for fall snacking, and your house will smell amazing!
Being Environmentally Friendly in Cooler Months
The best part of September and October is being able to turn off the air and open your windows. Letting the outside air freshen up your home could help you save money and electricity/gas. The open windows will illuminate your home, eliminating the need to turn lights on. Use the comfortable weather to your advantage to help save on electricity. It may seem costly to turn your air back on, but only if you’re trying to heat/cool your home a lot. Find out how so here. Also, when it comes to leaves falling on your yard, it is actually better to “leaf” it alone. Raking could tear up your grass. Instead, try mulching the leaves into the grass, helping enrich your soil. Or, just leave as is- the leaves will protect your grass in cold weather, and are beneficial to critters that rely on leaves to build their habitat.
Appreciate the eventful weather and all the beautiful sights that nature has to offer. Enjoy the feel of crisp air in the morning, as well as all the delicious treats that come with fall. We hope you have a great autumn season!
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Jada was born in San Marcos and raised in Texas. She spent a chunk of her childhood in a tiny town of 130 people before moving to San Antonio in junior high, where she lives today. An avid bookworm, she loves mystery and horror genres. She attended Texas State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English. She now is building a writing and editing career. Jada deeply cares about the environment and proves it by avidly recycling, reducing energy consumption, and avoiding single-use products.