Celebrate Earth Day, April 22 of 2015, by incorporating these simple habits into your everyday life:
- Change your lights. Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs or other energy-efficient light bulbs which use about 25%-80% less energy than traditional incandescents. These light bulbs save roughly $30 over their lifetimes.
- Use matches over lighters. More specifically, use cardboard matches over wood matches as they are made from trees while most cardboard matches are made from recycled paper.
- Never leave the water running. The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two (2) gallons per minute. Turning off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving can help save roughly 8 gallons of water per day.
- Unplug from the outlets. When you’re not charging up devices or using the appliance plugged into the wall, be sure to unplug the cord from the outlet. Even when the switch is off, appliances draw power just by being plugged in.
- Buy local products and produce. Consider the amount of pollution generated when moving food from the farm to the plate. Purchasing goods from local farmers or farmers’ markets not only supports the local economy but it also helps reduce the amount of greenhouse gas created when products are flown or trucked in.
- Energy Star appliances are a must. While these items may be a bit more costly upfront, they tend to save 15% or more energy. For example, a new refrigerator uses 75% less energy than a refrigerator from the late 1970s (according to the National Resources Defense Council).
- Get a better showerhead. Not only will the pressure feel great but, by installing faucet aerators and high-efficiency showerheads, you can save between 1,000 and 8,000 gallons of water per year.
- Take a shorter shower. If you can reduce the time of your morning showers by two minutes, you will help conserve more than ten gallons of water every day.
- Recycle batteries and switch to rechargeable. While billions of batteries are sold each year, with majority being disposable alkaline batteries, very few are actually recycled. You can save money and save batteries from ending up in the trash by investing in a charger and a few sets of rechargeable batteries.
- Don’t throw away, give away. Before you trash any old appliances, clothes or home goods, try giving it away first by donating to a local charity or posting it on a website which connects people to used products, such as Freecycle.org.
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