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Make Every Day Earth Day

How can you take action to help preserve our Earth? The EPA has an extremely comprehensive list of actions you can take every day. Don’t make Earth Day last one day, commit to changes for the entire year.  Can you commit to doing three of these? Leave a comment with what changes you plan to make.

Saving energy

  • Choose energy efficient products with the ENERGY STAR label
  • Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room.
  • Use the microwave to cook small meals. (It uses less power than an oven.)
  • Have leaky air conditioning and refrigeration systems repaired.
  • Insulate your home, water heater and pipes.

Conserving Water

  • Don’t let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Take short showers instead of tub baths.
  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
  • Scrape, rather than rinse, dishes before loading into the dishwasher; wash only full loads.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
  • Buy high-efficient plumbing fixtures & appliances.
  • Repair all leaks (a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day).
  • Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best).
  • Water plants differently according to what they need. Check with your local extension service or nurseries for advice.
  • Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only – not the street or sidewalk.
  • Use soaker hoses or trickle irrigation systems for trees and shrubs.
  • Keep your yard healthy – dethatch, use mulch, etc.
  • Sweep outside instead of using a hose.
  • Landscape using “rain garden” techniques to save water and reduce stormwater runoff.

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Materials

  • Reduce:
    • Buy permanent items instead of disposables.
    • Buy and use only what you need.
    • Buy products with less packaging.
    • Buy products that use less toxic chemicals.
  • Reuse:
    • Repair items as much as possible.
    • Use durable coffee mugs.
    • Use cloth napkins or towels.
    • Clean out juice bottles and use them for water.
    • Use empty jars to hold leftover food.
    • Reuse boxes.
    • Purchase refillable pens and pencils.
    • Participate in a paint collection and reuse program.
    • Donate extras to people you know or to charity instead of throwing them away.
  • Recycle:

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