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Save Energy While Observing March ‘Holidays’

Enjoy a month of savings while eating, reading and unplugging

There’s something to celebrate nearly every day of March, according to the people who make lists of fun observances. Here are some that offer opportunities for energy savings.

March 1 is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. Serve up a plateful of PB&J sandwiches for dinner instead of firing up the oven or cooktop. And hunt for a recipe for a no-bake peanut butter pie for dessert. Once your family tastes that slice of heaven, you may never bake again.

March 3 is World Book Day. Unplug for a day away from your smartphone, TV, tablet and computer—and curl up on the sofa with a good book. When’s the last time you did that? Perhaps this year, the 25th year of World Book Day, is a good time to take up reading on paper again.

March 4–5 is the National Day of Unplugging. Stay unplugged for an extra day, and see how much you get done and how much more quality time you spend with family. The awareness campaign promotes a 24-hour respite from technology and inspires human connection over digital engagement.

March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. You might skip the Irish pub this year, but that’s not an excuse to skip the celebration. Whip up a raw green salad for the family, chock-full of spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, broccoli and an array of your favorite colorful veggies. You’ll save the energy you would have spent on cooking and have a flavorful and healthy meal.

March 19 is National Poultry Day. The first day of spring is just one day away, so it’s not too early to fire up the backyard barbecue grill. Throw some chicken and veggies on the grill, and give the oven and cooktop a rest.

March 20 is the first day of spring. Time to call a licensed air conditioning tech to look at your system. Before you know it, hot weather will be here and you’ll be set to cool the house off.