Seven Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

April 22, 2016 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

t500-470-eeCelebrate Earth Day and save money with these seven easy lifestyle changes.

  1. Run your dishwasher when it is full

Running your dishwasher less often by only running full loads can save you around $40 and reduce your carbon dioxide emission by 100 pounds per year, according to the EPA.

  1. Purchase a reusable water bottle

Fifty-billion bottles of water are consumed in the United States every year, according to the EPA’s blog. The EPA is advocating “bring back the water fountain” which encourages people to buy a reusable bottle and fill it with tap water. This helps reduce the amount of bottles that end up in landfills.

  1. Insulate your home

The amount of energy lost by air escaping from small leaks of a typical home is the same amount of energy lost from leaving a window open every day, according to Energystar.gov. When you improve the insulation around your home and seal up cracks around windows and doors, you can keep your house from using unnecessary energy and save on utility bills.

  1. Help your local animal shelter by donating newspaper, fabric and plastic bags

Animal shelters use plastic bags, scraps of fabric and newspapers for bedding and other creative things, according to Earth911. Instead of tossing them in the trash, consider donating them to your local animal shelter.

  1. Recycle your cellphone

Help reduce air and water pollution a well as greenhouse gas emissions by recycling your old electronic devices, like cellphones. The EPA offers information about where and how to recycle your old devices.

  1. Get the extra items out of your vehicle

Having extra items in your vehicle weighs it down. The extra weight causes your car to emit more fuel than it needs to. Adding 100 pounds of unnecessary weight could reduce your MPG by 1 percent, according to FuelEconomy.gov.

  1. Get free stuff

Freerecycle.org helps keep landfills less cluttered by connecting people who are getting rid of stuff with people who want to take that stuff for free. The site has more than 9 million members worldwide. That’s a lot of freebies.

Source:

http://abc13.com/society/7-easy-ways-to-go-green-for-earth-day/1297973/

 

Entry filed under: Cost Savings, Going Green.

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