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Simple things you can do for Earth Day and Every Day

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Eat more local food or better yet grow your own
Patronize your local Farmer's Markets
Take advantage of natural light as much as possible
Convert light bulbs to LED
Turn off your computer and monitor when leaving the room
When you need to use electrical lights, turn them off when no longer in that room
Disconnect the electrical appliance you don't use every day (think guest rooms)
Use surge protectors in your other rooms as surge protectors enable you to use less energy running those appliances
As you buy new appliances only buy energy efficient ones
Use rechargeable batteries
Recycle your old appliances and batteries
Hand wash your dishes instead of using dishwasher
Can't give up the dishwasher, run your dishwasher in off peak hours
Wash your clothes in off peak hours
Wash clothes in cold water.Hot water requires more energy, so use it less often.
Use your clothesline when possible
Lower your heat at night
Use your ceiling fan 1st before turning to air conditioning
When you use air conditioning set at higher temperatures but use your ceiling fan to circulate the air, thus making it feel cooler
Buy an energy efficient car when you replace current vehicle
Walk or ride your bike instead of always using the car
Car pool if possible
Don't speed, you use less gasoline
Don't let your car idle for over 1 minute
Don't throw out old clothes or shoes - donate them
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Start a compost pile
Use canvass bags instead of plastic or paper
Stop junk mail, save a tree

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Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 643
Carmel, NY 10512

Call the company's 800 number and have the label handy.
Ask them to remove you.

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