Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Earth Day Tips

Earth Day is April 22nd - but it doesn't have to be Earth Day to think about you can make a positive impact on our planet. Here are a few tips from Metro GreenScape:

1. Buy a programmable thermostat, and lower the temperature.
2. Use a refillable water bottle.
3. Install low-flow faucets, showerheads, and toilets in your bathrooms.
4. Start a compost pile.
5. Buy locally grown foods.
6. Buy in-season fruits & vegetables.
7. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
8. Unplug your cell phone charger and other small appliances when not in use. (Turn off energy strips and surge protectors overnight).
9. Recycle your newspapers, plastics and cans (where possible).
10. Car pool when possible and take the most efficient routes when traveling.
11. Trade kids toys with other friends with children
12. Ride a bike to work.
13. Walk, jog, or run to close-by places like the store or post office.
14. Go to your local library instead of buying new books.
15. Instead of buying gifts for the holidays, make a donation to charity.
16. Get off junk mail lists.
17. Buy products that use recyclable materials.
18. Reuse plastic bags for garbage.
19. Bring your own bags to the grocery store.
20. Shop at you local farmers’ market.
21. Buy organic cleaning products such as vinegar, borax, and baking soda.
22. Plant a vegetable garden of your own.
23. Consider buying a fuel-efficient car or a hybrid.
24. Landscape with native plants.
25. Go paperless. Reading your newspaper and magazine subscriptions onlinem and get your bank statements online.

Do you have a good Earth Day tip -- comment here and share it with us.

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