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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day: 4 things you can do to make a difference at home

Happy Earth Day! Otherwise known as a day to "go green" and honor our mother earth.

Going green is actually easier than you may think. There are lots of little things you can do today to help make a difference in the future.  Taking care of our Earth for future generations is not just our duty, but our privilege.  This is why we have created 4 ways you can do at home to help save the Earth:

Find other means of transportation.  

Start by leaving your car at home.  Whether that means carpooling to work, riding a bike, or maybe taking a form of public transportation.  Not only will physical exercise help you stay healthy and lose some calories but staying off the road for just two weeks will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year, according to the EPA.  If you do have to use your vehicle, combine your errands in order to save gas and time.

Conserve our water.  

This is where the little things can really add up.  The average consumer wastes 200 gallons of water a day. Taking small actions like turning off the water when you brush your teeth or fixing the leaking toilet pipe that has been a problem could make a huge difference.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  

You've heard it before but are you actually recycling those old milk jugs and plastic water bottles? Recycling recognizes the sign for recycling and actually remembers to do it.
is easy once you get a system in place.  Buy an extra garbage bin and label it for only paper or only plastic use.  This way when you go to throw items away your mind

Conserve more energy. 

Did you know the easiest and most affordable thing you can do to conserve more energy in your home is to replace your light bulbs? Compact fluorescent light bulbs last 10 times longer than your standard light bulb and also use 2/3 less energy.  Also, if you're considering replacing any of your kitchen appliances make sure to look out for ENERGY STAR products.  These products are designed to save more energy and save Americans in utility costs.

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