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Celebrate Earth Day by Recycling and Conserving Energy

Updated on April 13, 2015
Earth Day is April 22nd
Earth Day is April 22nd | Source

Celebrate Earth Day by Recycling

There are simple ways you can conserve energy and Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22nd, is a perfect day to begin.

Whether you choose to recycle, plant a tree, use less water or turn your lights off, you can help the earth in many ways.

Recycle Bin
Recycle Bin | Source

Ideas for Recycling

Use a Recycling Bin

Purchase a special recycling bin and encourage family members to recycle paper, glass and plastic. The recycling bin should be placed in a separate area and clearly marked that the bin is to be used for recycling. If your area requires you to separate your glass, plastic and paper, consider having a multiple compartment bin for recycling. This is assuming your area does recycling pickup, separate than trash pickup. In some cases, the same company will do both. Once your recycling bin fills up, you can transfer the contents to your outdoor recycling bin, which is normally provided by your recycling company for weekly pickup.

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs - CFLs
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs - CFLs | Source

Buy and Use More Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Are you still using incandescent bulbs? They are slowly being phased out all over the world. Some countries started phasing them out as early as 2005. In the United States, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act in December, 2007. The purpose of the act is to promote clean renewable fuels, protect consumers, increase the efficiency of products, building and vehicles, as well as improve energy performance. As part of this law, 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs can no longer be manufactured in the U.S. because they don’t meet federal energy efficient standards.

Instead of incandescent bulbs, consider Compact Fluorescent Lights, or CFLs. Although CFLs are more expensive, they use less electric power and they last a lot longer, up to 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

The Downside to CFLs

Like all fluorescent bulbs, CFLs contain mercury, so disposing of them poses a concern. It’s best to check manufacturer instructions for proper disposal or recycling.

Some CFLs are not dimmable and aren’t as bright as incandescent light bulbs, but you may have to do some caparison shopping to find the right CFLs to meet your needs.

LED Light Bulbs
LED Light Bulbs | Source

LED’s - Another Light Bulb Alternative

Another light bulb option is the LED bulb. According to Reader’s Digests, LED’s, or Light Emitting Diodes, use 80% less electricity than incandescent light bulbs. The positive side to using LED’s is that they contain no mercury and they are dimmable. LED bulbs are also expensive, but the price is expected to drop-down as technology improves.

Ways to Conserve Energy

  • Turn off lights when leaving a room.
  • Turn off computers, or put them in power save mode when not in use.
  • Consider walking, biking or carpooling with someone when going to work, or doing errands, which saves you money, and reduces air pollution and traffic.
  • Consider having an energy audit in your home to see where you can save money, such as installing solar panels, or replacing drafty windows.

Ways to Use Less Water

  • Don’t pre-rinse your dishes and glasses before putting them into the dishwasher.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Install a water-efficient shower head, to save energy and money.
  • Only use the dishwasher or clothes washer when you have a full load to wash.
  • Replace old appliances with new energy-efficient appliances which will save you money in the long run and conserve energy in the process. Look for the Energy Star label.

Recycling
Recycling | Source

Other Recycling Ideas

  • Invest $5-10 and buy reusable grocery bags
  • Reuse plastic bags as garbage bags, and when have too many plastic bags, take your bag of bags to the plastic bag recycling center (which most grocery stores now have) and recycle those bags!
  • Set a good example – break down boxes from food items and teach children and younger adults to place paper and recyclable plastics in the recycling bin.
  • Although you may still need to use paper towels occasionally, consider adding a small towel holder next to your sink for cloth hand towels for drying hands.
  • Pay bills online and opt to not have paper bills mailed to you.

Is There Gold In Your Computer?

What do you do with your computer if it's old and no longer usable? Watch the video below and be amazed to find out the many ways parts of a computer are recycled, including extracting precious metals, like gold and copper from the inside of your computer.

Recycling Computers

Incandescent Light Bulb, Picture of the Year 2013
Incandescent Light Bulb, Picture of the Year 2013 | Source

Start Recyling Today!

Out with the old, and in the with new.

What can you do starting today to conserve energy?

Look for Old Electronics Collection Programs in your area to properly dispose of, and recycle old electronics including:

  • Cell Phones
  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Radios
  • Scanners
  • Toasters
  • VCR/DVD Players

Recycling Poll

Do you recycle?

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    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      3 years ago

      Glad you liked the hub, billybuc. Yes, it's so important to recycle. Some people take so much for granted and through everything out in the trash, but there's so many things we can do to re-use things and preserve the earth. Thanks again for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for writing this. I think it is very important that writers raise awareness about important causes, and you've done a good thing here.

    • easylearningweb profile imageAUTHOR

      Amelia Griggs 

      4 years ago

      Glad you found the hub article helpful, TurtleDog! Every little bit helps. :-)

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      TurtleDog 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips! Definitely easy ways to promote recycling and doing are part to get green. Voted up.

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