EARTH DAY TIPS 2009
When you travel with others, you increase your fuel efficiency. Find
out about ride sharing and carpool opportunities in your area. (GREEN
IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
American households went online to view and pay their bills, it would
save over 16 million trees. Find out what services and options are
available to you. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
Use public transportation whenever possible. Every year, public
transportation reduces gasoline consumption by 1.4 billion gallons---
that’s equal to 108 million full tanks of gas. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
It’s easy to clutter up your life with obsolete devices. If you’re no
longer using your old MP3 players, give them back. You’d be happy to
know that many of your favorite brands offer recycling programs. (GREEN
IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
just 10 percent of U.S. households attached shut off nozzles to their
outdoor hoses, we’d save enough water to fill over 128,000 bathtubs---
everyday. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)*
Most baking instructions tell you to preheat your oven. Never do so for
more than 10 minutes. If everybody reduced their oven time by an hour
per year, we’d save enough energy to bake a billion cookies. (GREEN IT.
MEAN IT. FOX)*
your best to avoid washing paint thinners, household cleaners or
pesticides down the drain. Dispose your cleaning solutions at your
local harmful waste disposal center, or share unused portions with
friends, neighbors or a charity. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX
Moving your heater’s thermostat down 2 degrees in winter and up two
degrees in summer saves over 2,000 pounds of Co2 emissions—which is over
$100 on your annual energy bills. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
Buy fresh produce from your local farmers market. You’ll not only avoid
harmful additives that are sometimes used to protect produce during
transport, but you’ll also be supporting the regional economies of your
own neighborhoods. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
Try biking, walking, bussing or car pooling to work whenever possible.
Biking to work not only keeps you in good shape, but it also cuts down
on your daily carbon footprint. Use a basket or a carrier rack to help
carry your belongings (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
Many local city and regional utility companies have joined forces to
encourage homeowners to upgrade the insulation efficiency of their
homes. Many utility companies have rebate programs to help offset the
cost or even rebate the whole amount. Search your area for utility
rebates for upgraded insulation. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
you’re like me, your coffee table is stacked with old magazines. Instead
of throwing them away, donate them to hospital waiting rooms, schools,
and libraries, even your workplace. Extending a magazine’s life means
conserving our own. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX.)
Creating a greener planet will require us to change the goods we use and
the ways we live and work. Making this transition will require the
skills of contractors, electricians, engineers, and entrepreneurs.
Search the internet for job sites that post opportunities in this
growing global business. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX.)
cleaner planet needs the brightest of minds. Put your gifts to use by
encouraging legislators, utility companies, employers, and manufacturers
to support green initiatives. Doing so will help curb pollution, create
new jobs, and change our future. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX.)
Support household cleaners that take an extra step in protecting the
environment and encourage other brands you use to do the same. Research
your cleaning supplies and read labels carefully to make an informed
environmental decision regarding your purchases. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT.
Insulating your home’s attic, pipes, ductwork, and floors can save 25
percent on your energy bill. Ask a professional to help make your home
more energy efficient. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX.)
the course of a year, if everyone in the US composted their kitchen
scraps instead of sending them to the trash, the organic waste diverted
from landfills would cover the entire city of San Francisco. (GREEN IT.
MEAN IT. FOX)
Next time you travel, consider a permanent tag for your luggage. If
travelers in the U.S. stopped using paper luggage tags during their
trips, 60 million sheets of paper could be saved per year. (GREEN IT.
MEAN IT. FOX)
Consumers will throw out about 400 million electronics this year. Sell,
donate, or recycle your old electronics rather than throwing it away.
Check your area for drop off locations. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
Use leftover paper or plastic bags for your trash can. When one ton of
plastic bags are reused, the energy equivalent of 11 barrels of oil is
saved, and 17 trees are spared. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
Did you know that your home is a bigger polluter of greenhouse gases
than your car? Talk to your local utility company and find out how you
can get a free energy audit to reduce your utility bill and curb global
warming. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX.)
How can you put more money back into your wallet and help others too?
Talk to your local utility company about how you can get a free energy
audit. Reduce your energy use. Save money. Create jobs. (GREEN IT.
MEAN IT. FOX.)
How do you stop your cash from leaking away? Prevent your home from
leaking so much energy. Speak to your local utility company about a
free energy audit to save you money and combat global warming all at the
same time. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX.)
Did you know that 40% of our energy consumption and carbon emissions
come from our homes, offices, and schools? There are simple steps you
can take to reduce your energy use, save you money, and grow our
economy. Speak to your local utility company about a free energy audit
today. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX.)
Cut your grass two inches high and leave the clippings on the lawn.
You’ll not only be able to save time mowing and raking, but your lawn
will require less water. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
Set your outside lights on timers or motion sensors. Reducing usage on
a single outdoor floodlight can save you up to $120 a year in energy
costs. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
Recycle your newspapers whenever you can. Each year, 10 million tons of
newspaper are not recycled, but thrown away in landfills. If we changed
this habit together, we could save up to 75 million trees. (GREEN IT.
MEAN IT. FOX)
Unplug your appliances when you’re away on vacation. Residential
households in the U.S. spend more than 5 billion dollars annually on
standby power alone—which is 5% of all the electricity consumed across
the country. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
Nowadays, some of America’s favorite brands are focusing their efforts
on creating earth friendly products. Let them know that the choice is
important to you by purchasing products that support a cleaner planet.
(GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
Next time you do your shopping, consider products with less packaging.
Buy in bulk, and you’ll not only save money, but you’ll also be reducing
your carbon footprint with fewer trips to the store. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT.
Check with your co-workers to make sure your workplace is doing its part
to recycle. Just by recycling paper alone, offices across the country
could reduce the waste they send to landfills by 50 percent. That’s 33
million tons. (GREEN IT. MEAN IT. FOX)
loosely based on collective research from “Our Planet- Change is Possible”
by Jeca Taudte and Tom Anderson, except where noted.