Thursday, April 22

Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day 2010, I wanted to make a list of all the things we can do everyday to make our earth a cleaner & happier place to live.

  • Turn off appliances and lights when you leave the room. 
  • Don't let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Keep drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
  • Buy permanent items instead of disposables.
  • Clean out juice bottles and use them for water.
  • Donate extras to people you know or to charity instead of throwing them away.
  • Recycle paper (printer paper, newspapers, mail, etc.), plastic, glass bottles, cardboard, and aluminum cans.
  • Use the microwave to cook small meals. (It uses less power than an oven.) 
  • Cut back on air conditioning and heating use if you can.  
  • Insulate your home, water heater and pipes. 
  • Buy products with less packaging.
  • Reuse boxes.
  • Buy and use only what you need.
  • Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day (early morning is best).
  • Keep your yard healthy - dethatch, use mulch, etc. 
  • Compost food scraps, grass and other yard clippings, and dead plants.
All these ideas and more can be found at the EPA's website:

Happy Earth Day!

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