People have been using batteries for centuries, since their invention in 1800 by Italian physicist Alessandro Volta. National battery day is an annual occurrence on February 18th in honor of Alessandro Volta’s birthday in 1745. It also serves as a day to remind us just how essential the battery is and how something so seemingly simple holds such great importance in our daily lives.
Focus on rechargeable batteries
If you use rechargeable batteries, take some time today to make sure all of your rechargeable batteries are on their charging stations. If you do not use rechargeable batteries, go out today and purchase some. Rechargeable batteries are a great way to save money and ensure you always have batteries on hand.
Don’t throw away old batteries, recycle them
Do you have old batteries that need to be disposed of? Instead of throwing them into the trash, gather up your old batteries and recycle them. Visit the Call2Recycle site and use their locator to find a battery recycling center near you. Or you can visit iRecycle and get a battery recycle kit.
Check smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries
Use today to check all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure the batteries are still good and the devices are functioning. Change the batteries if the test signal fails or is weak.
Try a “No Battery Day” experiment
Want to have a little fun on National Battery Day and challenge yourself a bit? Just vow not to use anything that requires a battery to function. This means no cell phones, laptops, handheld games, tablets, cars and many more items. See how long you can make it through the day without using anything that requires a battery. By the end of this experiment, you will see the important role batteries play in our lives and you may have a new found appreciation for them.
Check your vehicle’s battery health
Regular maintenance and care is vital to keeping any vehicle in good working condition. Use today to get the battery in your vehicle checked out. You can get a free battery check at many local auto parts and repair shops. Additionally, if you need a new battery, they install them for free. Don’t forget that your vehicle’s battery is one of the car parts that can be recycled.