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5 Earth Day Ideas

The time has come for us to take responsibility for our impact on the environment.

Every day we hear people say how important it is for us to go Green. There are numerous ways that we can go green without having to drastically change our lifestyle.

These following tips not only help you go green, they also save you money.

1. Save Energy

To save energy there are several steps that you can take. The first is to lower your thermostat. Just lower the thermostat a few degrees in the winter and raise it a few degrees in the summer. Just a few degrees will lower your heating a cooling costs all year as well as conserving your energy. Another way to conserve energy is to switch your light bulbs from incandescent to compact fluorescent light bulbs.

Although initially these bulbs are slightly more expensive than standard light bulbs, they will save you money in the long run. Another way to save energy is to unplug unused appliances. Although you do not realize it, even plugged in appliances that are not turned on use energy and drive up your electricity costs.

2. Save Water

This is another easy way to not only go green, but also to save money. Just reduce your shower times a few minutes each day. Install low flow shower heads to reduce the amount of wasted water that flows through the shower head while you take a shower.

Turn off the faucet when you are not using it such as when you are brushing your teeth, or when you are lathering your hands and face. Just turning the faucet off during these times will conserve water and energy. A final way to save water is to care for plants that are drought resistant. These plants will require less water and thus save water.

3. Conserve Gas

This method of going green will more than likely save you the most money. Walk or ride your bike when you can. Carpool with others to reduce gas consumption. If your community does not have sufficient sidewalks, lobby to your local government officials requesting that they be installed. Consider moving closer to work or school if you are able.

4. Don’t Use Bottled Water

Although bottled water is much easier to use, it is very bad for the environment. It takes hundreds of years for the plastic in bottled water to decompose. This plastic is also only able to be recycled once (unlike aluminum). Instead, purchase a water filter pitcher for your home and use a reusable aluminum water container. These containers are stylish and come in a variety of styles and sizes.

5. Don’t Waste your Electronics

Even though the newest cell phone just came out, it does not mean that you need to run out and purchase it leaving your perfectly good phone in the garbage. Once you get a new phone, donate your phone or old computer to a group that accepts them. If you cannot find one, just search for one on the internet.

Electronic waste has started presenting numerous problems to our environment including Mercury contamination.

With these easy ways to go green, you will save the environment while saving a little money.

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Do not get bottled water
Instead of bottled water get a reusable container to carry water. Also you can get a filter to make your home tap taste more like bottled water. It is definitely more cost efficient.
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