March Newsletter: Happy International Women’s Day!

Mar 17, 2022

Safety Moment

Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffeemaker. Charging a laptop computer. These are second nature for most of us. Electricity makes our lives easier. However, we need to be cautious and keep safety in mind.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends unplugging electrical devices when not in use as something unplugged can’t start fires or shock someone.

However, it may not be practical to unplug everything, every day, especially if the item has a clock on it that the household relies on. For low-load devices that you may not wish to unplug daily, a power strip with an off switch is a simple alternative; however, a power strip and/or extension cord for high-load appliances, including toasters, should never be used. Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners, microwave ovens, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet.

Kite Safety Poster Competition
Each year BELCO teaches young children about kite safety and we invite them to share what they’ve learned by creating their very own poster.

How to enter: Submissions must be sent via email to communications@belco.bm or dropped off at reception.

Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2022

For more information, please visit: BELCO Kite Safety Competition – BELCO

Scholarships Open: APPLY NOW!
Are you planning for a sustainable future? We invest in young Bermudians who can develop our energy future in ways we have not yet dreamed.

To apply for our external scholarships, please visit: belco.bm/scholarships

Applications are accepted between January 31, 2022, and April 30, 2022.

#WomenInPower
In honour of International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the women of BELCO all month long! Join us in recognising their contributions, by following us on Facebook and checking our blog for our weekly #WomenInPower feature.

BELCO Blog: belco.bm/blog
BELCO Facebook: @BELCOBermuda

#BreakTheBias #IWD22 

Valentine’s Food Drive
Date: Sunday, February 13, 2022
Location: BELCO

BELCO held its second Valentine’s Day Food Drive to provide over 1,000 bags of food and supplies to assist families across the island.

To watch the video recap of this initiative, visit: SHARE THE LOVE: 2022 Valentine’s Food Drive – YouTube

Habitat for Humanity Volunteering
Date: Friday, February 25, 2022
Location: Habitat Restore

BELCO partnered with Habitat for Humanity Bermuda to assist in painting their second-hand store, HABITAT RESTORE, which is used to raise money to support their habitat building projects.

To watch the video recap of this initiative, visit: BELCO Volunteers: Habitat for Humanity of Bermuda ReStore – YouTube

Energy Efficiency Tip
Regulating the temperature settings of high-energy appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers, washing machines, and dishwashers can have a big impact on reducing your energy consumption, which ultimately benefits the environment and results in lower energy costs.

BELCO Energy Efficiency Tips will help you save the environment, save energy, and save money!

To learn more about Energy Efficient Temperatures, visit: Energy Efficiency: Setting Temperatures – BELCO

Living Sustainably
The first day of Spring and the annual spring cleaning cleanse is just around the corner! This spring consider the affects your cleaning products and practices have on the environment.

Here are 5 easy ways to kick-start your spring cleaning more sustainably:

  1. Reach for the baking soda
    Baking soda is renowned for its ability to eliminate odours. Just sprinkle a generous amount onto carpets, let it sit and vacuum it up for near-instant freshness. This kitchen staple can also be paired with white vinegar to unclog drains, and clean toilets, or mixed with water to create a de-greasing paste for stubborn mess!
  2. Lean into lemons
    Not only do lemons smell lovely, but they also come packed with antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Use this stalwart citrus on its own to wipe down contaminated surfaces, or combine it with white vinegar for a versatile, all-in-one cleaning solution.
  3. Speaking about White Vinegar
    This all natural cleaner contains the antibacterial properties you need to scour your house from top to bottom. Dilute your vinegar to make a powerful stain remover, or create a 50/50 mix with water to kick traditional glass cleaners to the curb.
  4. Take home a houseplant
    Certain types of houseplants can actually improve air quality by taking in toxins and releasing clean, fresh oxygen for you to enjoy. Not to mention, some studies show that certain plants can be mood-boosting.
  5. Fall in love with microfibre
    Microfibre towels are a great alternative to paper towels for a few different reasons: (1) you can wash and reuse them over and over again; (2) since they last so long, you’ll save money on the paper products you no longer need; (3) they can be used dry, wet, or with a cleaning agent; and (4) they dry quickly, so bacteria are less likely to grow on them.

Adopting some green habits this year can help you make your spring cleaning more environmentally friendly while saving you money in the process. With these green cleaning tips and a little bit of elbow grease, you’re well on your way to a fresh and happy home.

Connect & Join the Conversation
We would love to connect with you. Our online platforms aim to keep you informed of what we are doing at the plant!

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And don’t forget our website is a hub of information on all things BELCO – belco.bm!

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