Earth Day Tips

44 Green Tips

Over 44 simple and easy tips to help you go green, protect the earth, save money and make every day Earth Day. You can make a difference!

  1. Reduce your carbon footprint and take Earth Day Network’s Carbon Footprint Quiz.
  2. Plant a tree or donate a tree through Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project.
  3. Join a local park, river or beach cleanup.
  4. Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.
  5. Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs – reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year.
  6. Car pool, ride your bike, use public transportation or drive an electric or hybrid car. Reduce your carbon footprint by 1 pound for every mile you do not drive.
  7. Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage. Reduce your carbon footprint 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved.
  8. Change your car’s air filter regularly.
  9. Teleconference instead of traveling. If you fly five times per year, those trips are likely to account for 75% of your personal carbon footprint.
  10. Stop using disposable plastics, especially single use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.
  11. Recycle paper, plastic and glass. Reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year.
  12. Donate your old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out. When you need something, consider buying used.
  13. Use cloth towels instead of paper ones. Reduce garbage and save trees.
  14. Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck.
  15. Read documents online instead of printing them. Go paperless, even in the office.
  16. When you do use paper, make sure its 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
  17. Set your office printer to print two-sided.
  18. Collect used printer, fax, and copier cartridges to recycle.
  19. Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria.
  20. Bring a reusable water bottle and bring a mug to the office, to school and to the coffee shop.
  21. Bring reusable bags when you shop.
  22. Pack your lunch in a reusable bag.
  23. Organize to have healthy food served at in your school district.
  24. Buy local food to reduce the distance from farm to fork. Buy straight from the farm or join a local food coop.
  25. Buy organic food. Keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides. Support farmers who grow organic.
  26. Grow your own organic garden, or join a farm share group. Even in cities, gardens can fill an empty lot.
  27. Don’t eat meat. Curb carbon emissions from the livestock industry.
  28. Compost kitchen scraps for use in your garden. Turn waste into fertilizer.
  29. Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head.
  30. Fix leaky faucets.
  31. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full. Save time, water and energy.
  32. Conserve water outdoors by only watering your lawn in the early morning or late at night. Use drought resistant plants in dry areas.
  33. Wash your clothes in cold water and line dry.
  34. Form a “green team” at your office to find cost-effective ways to conserve resources and promote sustainability.
  35. Volunteer for a local environmental group or make a donation.
  36. Pull out invasive plants and replace them with native ones.
  37. Turn off and unplug electronics that you’re not using. This includes turning off your computer at night.
  38. 38. Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  39. Install solar panels on your roof. Solar is the fastest growing renewable energy, becoming more efficient and less expensive.
  40. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Save energy and get exercise.
  41. Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer to reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds.
  42. Lower the temperature on your water heater.
  43. Contact your utility company and find out about renewable energy options.
  44. Use Energy Efficient appliances! From light bulbs to dishwashers, your energy efficient appliances not only conserve energy and help the environment, but will also save you money in the long run!

 

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