Earth Day Ideas
Earth Day Every Day
Earth day is April 22, often we wonder what can we do to celebrate such an important day for our environment.The real question should be, why not celebrate Earth Day every day. In the last couple of decades people are becoming more aware of all of the things we can do together to help make a change in the earth's environment.
I have always believed if we start with one tiny change, evidently the changes will add up and in doing so we are all making a difference.
Did you know by just doing a few different things, you can save money, energy and help the environment all at the same time? In today's economic state we need to do everything we can to be more conservative with our spending habits.
A few easy steps
Here are some VERY easy things you can start with
- Start using CFL and LED's lightening and turning off lights when you are not using them. You can save at least $200 a year (what can you do with $200?).
-Start utilizing window shades and blinds.You can save on heating bills and air conditioning bills-I do this religiously every single day and I can tell a difference in my electricity bill.
-Be more aware of the water you use.You can save money and help the Earth at the same time.
-Put your kitchen waste in a compost, you can also add your lawn clippings and leaves. You can help the landfills plus have something wonderful soil for your garden just by making your own compost.
**Please note: there are many questions as to add meat scraps to your compost pile. I personally do not do that because animals have a great sense for &quot;Meat&quot; and will try everything to get into your compost pile**
Take a look at the savings
By turning out the lights when you leave a room, you can save a lot of energy. By replacing just five incandescent bulbs with CFLs light bulbs you can save approximately $200 a year. Now I personally use this kind of light bulb instead of regular light bulbs. I know I have SAVED money on my electricity bill. They really are not that expensive for the usage you get from. And it is a win-win situation because you save money and you help the environment by saving electricity.
I use night lights in my house everywhere! And I use the LED's night lights that I purchased almost three years ago and they are still working.
This seems fairly easy to begin to be more Earth friendly right? To recap: (1) Turn off the lights when you leave a room (2) Try to use CFL lighting and (3) try using LED night lights
In the winter, when your heat is running, leave your shades and blinds open on sunny days. This will give you a little extra heating without making your heater work harder and longer.Also be sure to set the temperature to something a little lower, but make sure you remain comfortable.At night close the blinds to reduce the heat being lost through the windows.
In the summer, close your shades and blinds when the air conditioner is on. Try to use light colored blinds so it does not attract the heat. If I open my window blinds in the summer (usually in the early morning) I will open them but leave them turned upward so the light does not shinedirectly into the house.
I know these are all simple things but honestly every penny you can save helps and in the process you are helping the environment.
A few other tips
-Plant trees around your home. By doing this you can reduce you cooling cost by up to 50% and also a tree can offset a lot of carbon over its lifetime.
-Wash your clothes in cold water. By doing this you can save $400 a year on your electric bill.
-Place your computer in sleep mode when you are away from it.
-Cover your floors with rugs to retain the heat.
-Use Dehumidifiers and ceiling fans in the summer. I purchased my dehumidifier from Amazon and it was very inexpensive and it works wonderfully. On ceiling fans you can also run them in the winter just be sure to flip the switch on the fan to draw the heat upward.
When you wash dishes follow some simple suggestions
-If you use a dishwasher, only wash full loads and use short cycles (except for dirtiest dishes)
**From my research with most dishwashers today, there is no need to pre-wash dishes before washing them in a dishwasher? Since I have never used a dishwasher in my life, I do not know enough about this to elaborate much.
-Are there any people who do not use dishwashers? I can honestly say that I do not think I have ever used a dishwasher in my life. To save water I wash a load of dishes- then rinse them off. Many times people will leave the water running while they are washing dishes. Do you know how much water is being drained away? If you have to pay for the water you use, experiment for two months. One month do dishes the normal way you do them, the next month will be more conservative and only run the water after you have a few washed dishes. There will notice a difference, I promise.
Some additional water saving tips and facts:
In the past half century, the US population has doubled, but the demand for water has more than tripled, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
-By turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth, you can save 240 gallons of water a year
-By taking short showers which only uses 10-25 gallons of water oppose to taking a bath which uses 70 gallons of water
-When you have a dripping faucet, over 3,000 gallons of water is wasted a year
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