Monday, April 12, 2010

Earth Day Celebrating 40 Years

Here is a great article on Earth Day. Also, how we can save our earth! There is also some great tips on saving money too!

After 40 Years, Earth Day Matters More than Ever!
Earth Day matters because it has to matter. Our planet plays a role in each and every one of our lives, so it should matter to all of us. We should all be doing something to make a difference.

But not everyone is in a position to sell their car and start walking to work. The key is to make the changes that you can make. Maybe you’re fortunate enough that you can walk to work, or more likely, maybe changing light bulbs and conserving electricity is the way to go for you. Whatever works for you, make those changes today. Maybe next year you can do even more. And if we all took those little steps now, just image the changes we could make for our future!

So, go on and celebrate 40 years of Earth Day! But instead of cake, candles and a wish, make one small change in your home or your lifestyle. Here are some really easy, really great ideas:

Plant an herb garden. It’s good to have a reminder around of where our food originates.
Switch all your light bulbs to CFLs (or at least switch a few).
Switch one appliance to an energy efficient model (look for the “energy star” label).
Stop using disposable bags — get reusable bags, available now at most retailers.
Buy a reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles.
Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.
Turn off lights when you leave the room.
Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can — open your curtains and enjoy natural light.
Drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.
Better yet, walk or ride a bike to your errands that are two miles or closer.
Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market.
Turn off your computer completely at night.
Research whether you can sign up for green power from your utility company.
Pay as many bills as possible online.
Put a stop to unsolicited mail — sign up to opt out of pre-screened credit card offers.
Reuse scrap paper. Print on two sides, or let your kids color on the back side of used paper.
Conduct a quick energy audit of your home.
Fix leaky faucets.
Lower the temperature on your hot water heater.
Unplug unused chargers and appliances.
Repurpose something — save egg cartons for paint wells, seed starters, treasure boxes, or a myriad of other crafts.
Collect rainwater, and use it to water your houseplants and garden.
Make rags out of old towels and t-shirts, and forego buying paper towels.
Use cloth napkins daily instead of paper.
Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage.
Five-minute showers — make it a goal for yourself.
Switch to natural household cleaning products like Simple Green Naturals.

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