Thursday, April 21, 2011

Eight Easy Earth Day Projects That Will Make a Difference All Year

If you are like many people, Earth Day might be the one day a year that it’s easy to remember to do something good for the environment. Ideally, we’d all remember to recycle, turn off the lights, pick up litter, and stop taking 45 min showers every day of the year, but with so many other things going on in our lives it’s not easy to keep the planet in mind. That’s why we put together this list of easy things we can all do this Earth Day that will keep making an impact long after our thoughts go back to “What’s on TV this week?”

  1. Go Low flow. Put a soda bottle filled with water in your toilet’s tank. It will keep the toilet from using unnecessary water. Replace shower heads and faucets and low flow versions.
  2. Change Your Light Bulbs. Replace the light bulbs in your home with energy efficient ones. LEDs use 90 percent less power than regular bulbs and don’t contain mercury or emit UV light like CFLs do.
  3. Install timers. If you always seem to forget to turn off the lights at night, put them on a timer or motion detector.
  4. Buy a new washer. New appliances that Energy Star  approves are much more efficient and will use less water and power.
  5. Clean out your house - Go on a recycling hunt with the kids. It can be hard to remember to recycle every day, so look through your house and see what can be taken in now.
  6. Put a recycling bin in your kitchen. Installing a bin specifically for recycling in a high traffic area makes it easier to remember to use it and take it in.
  7. Change the air filters in your home. Changing the air filters will make your heating and cooling systems more efficient.
  8. Check your tire pressure. You should check it more often than once a year, but keeping your tires at the right pressure will improve your gas mileage.

These are just a few easy Earth Day projects you and your family could do. If you have any other suggestions for simple ways to make an impact on Earth Day let us know by commenting below.

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