Simple and easy tips to help us go green, protect the earth, save money and make every day Earth Day. We can make a difference!!!
* Join a local park, river or beach clean-up.
* Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.
* Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs. Reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year.
* Carpool, ride your bike, use public transportation or drive an electric or hybrid car. Reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you do not drive.
* Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage. Reduce your carbon footprint 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved.
* Change your car’s air filter regularly.
* Teleconference instead of traveling. If you fly five times per year, those trips are likely to account for 75% of your personal carbon footprint.
* Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.
* Recycle paper, plastic and glass. Reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year.
* Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out. When you need something, consider buying used items.
* Use cloth towels instead of paper ones.
* Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck.
* Read documents online instead of printing them.
* When you need to use paper, make sure it’s 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
* Set your office printer to print two-sided.
* Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle.
* Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria.
* Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee.
* Bring reusable bags when you shop.
* Pack your lunch in a reusable bag.
* Organize to have healthy, locally-sourced food served at in your school district.
* Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm, frequent your local farmers’ market, or join a local food co-op.
* Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides. Support farmers and companies who use organic ingredients.
* Grow your own organic garden, or join a farm-share group.
* Reduce your meat consumption to curb carbon emissions from the livestock industry.
* Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden — turning waste into fertilizer.
* Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head.
* Fix leaky faucets and shower-heads.
* Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy.
* Conserve water outdoors by only watering your lawn in the early morning or late at night. * * Use drought-resistant plants in dry areas.
* Wash your clothes only when necessary, use cold water and line dry.
* Form a “green team” at your office to find cost-effective ways to conserve resources and promote sustainability.
* Volunteer for a local environmental group and/or make a donation.
* Pull out invasive plants in your yard or garden and replace them with native ones.
* Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using. This includes turning off your computer at night.
* Turn off lights when you leave a room.
* Install solar panels on your roof.
* Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy (and get exercise!).
* Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer to reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds.
* Lower the temperature on your water heater.
* Contact your utility company and find out about renewable energy options.
* Use energy-efficient appliances and electronics.
(Above tips provided by: www.earthday.org