Earth Day is near and everyone is reminded of how important it is to take better care of the environment. Don’t let the idea overwhelm you. There are many ways to go green without hurting your pocket or inconveniencing yourself. In light of Earth Day, we have put together a list of 22 quick and easy tips for going green.
|1. Educate Yourself||12. Plant a Tree|
|2. Educate Others||13. Write on Both Sides of Paper|
|3. Change Your Light Bulbs||14. Online Bill Pay|
|4. Adjustable Thermostat||15.Cancel Junk Mail|
|5. Turn off the Lights When Not in Use||16. Recycle unwanted Newspaper|
|6. Wash in Cold||17. Use 1 Less Paper Napkin|
|7. Hang Dry Clothes||18. At Home: Use Rags Instead of Paper Towels and Napkins|
|8. Brush Teeth Without Running Water||19. Rethink Bottled Water|
|9. Shorter Showers||20. Go to Car Wash|
|10. Don't Preheat Oven||21. Give Away. Don't Throw Away.|
|11. Shutdown Computer vs Sleep Mode||22. B.Y.O.Bag|
The most effective thing you can do to start your process of going green is to educate yourself. You need to be aware of what issues are worth tackling and how you can help.
Spreading the word is also extremely important. Once you know how to be helpful, introduce your practices to others.
Incandescent bulbs are a waste. Try LED lighting for size.
Programmable thermostats reduce wasted energy by operating on a schedule that works best for you.
Especially if you haven’t converted to LEDs.
75% of the energy used to wash clothes comes from warming the water.
Eliminates the energy necessary when using a dryer
You could save 10 gallons of water.
An average shower uses 5 gallons of water per minute. Cutting down on time really does make a difference.
Allow the oven to warm up the food during the preheat process rather than waiting it out.
A sleeping computer still draws electricity.
There are countless benefits to planting trees. Trees help fight climate change and clean the air.
Get the most out of your sheet before you move on.
Cutting down on paper use, cuts down on deforestation.
If you are receiving unwanted mail to your house cancel your subscription and request to be removed from their mailing list.
Don’t trash them. Recycle them. If you have a garden, here’s a good way to use them.
Over 160 billion paper napkins are used every year. Most of which are not recycled.
This cuts down on paper waste.
Bottled water isn’t always a better quality of water and creates plastic waste.
Car washes use water more efficiently than the average individual washing their car at home.
Instead of throwing away unwanted electronics and other items, try reselling or giving them away. If that doesn’t work, you could always recycle them. A quick google search could show you where.
Plastic bags are not biodegradable. Consider buying reusable bags for future shopping.
Going green has never been so easy. Implementing these practices into your daily life will have a major impact on the earth. The kind of positive impact the earth has been needing for a long time. Let’s turn this Earth Day into every day.
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