April 22 marks Earth Day around the world. I have to admit—until I started to write this blog I was pretty oblivious to this remarkable day! Check out some of the easy things that YOU can do today to make changes in your day to day life to make a difference on our shared earth.
- Reduce your carbon footprint! Leaving your car at home twice a week can cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1,600 pounds per year. Save up errands and shopping trips so you need to drive fewer times. Car Pool!
- If every American home replaced just one conventional light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes a year.
- eCycle it! Take your old computer, DVD player, or other electronics to an electronics recycling center. Reusing and recycling materials like copper, gold, and others saves natural resources and reduces mining and processing. eCycling also helps avoid land, air, and water pollution by capturing and reusing hazardous substances such as lead or chromium.
- Tired of some of some of your household items? Have a garage sale, check out Kajiji when you need to buy something (save the earth and save $$), donate to the Sally Anne, check out if your city has a curb side ‘take it away’ program. Remember that someone can use what you are throwing out – re-purpose those everyday items and avoid the landfill.
Here are some great sites to check out to find out more on how you can make a difference on Earth Day and every day!
- Make it a full load! The average washing machine uses 40.9 gallons of water per load. If you buy a new washer, shop for a high-efficiency washer that needs less than 28 gallons of water per load. To achieve even greater savings, wash only full loads of laundry or be sure to choose the appropriate load size on the washing machine.
- Attention gardeners – here are a few quick tips that celebrate our planet AND bring beauty to your garden. Plant some wildflowers; they attract butterflies and will add simple beauty to your garden. Have you ever thought about using a rain barrel? Recycle nature’s ‘free’ water for your garden! And for some great fun with your kids … plant an organic veggie garden … fresh tomatoes anyone?!