ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Earth Day Ideas

Updated on September 27, 2015
WhiteOak profile image

I am a photographer, published artist and writer. I am a makeup artist student, and studying herbs. I love to write and share my view points

Source

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.

Source

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 "Meat" and will try everything to get into your compost pile**

Source

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

Let's continue

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.

Source

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.

Source

Saving Water

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

Earth Day Projects

Do you do anything special for Earth Day each year?

See results

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • WhiteOak profile imageAUTHOR

      Eva Thomas 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much for visiting Eddy.

    • Eiddwen profile image

      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      So interesting and useful!!

      Thanks for sharing,.

      Eddy.

    • WhiteOak profile imageAUTHOR

      Eva Thomas 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I agree, taking just "1" step is a start and from there it becomes all natural and you start to add more things.

    • dawnella66 profile image

      Dawn Gagnon 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      I love alllllll of these tips they are all great and like you said, just by making a few small changes you can help a lot and save a lot and this is important and good for mother earth. She takes such great care of us..we owe it to her.. :-)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)