At least ..try to save the Earth

No one seems to be paying attention to the fact that our way of life will change if we keep it up. Leaving lights on that do not need to be on, not throwing items in the right garbage, recycle or now, green bin and having an overall attitude where wastrels run rampant complaining about those tree huggers who well, hug trees. It is nothing perhaps you have done on purpose but it might something done because of rote and routine.
Earth Day is typically April 22nd but shouldn’t we have a little more care for the place where we think about where we live, breathe and survive?

Thus, first item on the list!
Energy Conservation- as the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere appears to be the most important cause of recent warming.

27 ways to reduce global warming

1.) Turn the thermostat down by 2 degrees in the winter. Reduce CO2 emissions by 0.62%.

2.) Stay in town for the weekend. Drive 100 fewer miles per week and reduce CO2 emissions by 4.11%.

3.) Replace incandescent lightbulbs in your house with compact florescent ones. These use less energy and last longer and cut down on CO2 emissions. It’s a win-win-win situation.

4.) Dry your clothes outside on a clothesline or inside on a rack instead of putting them in the dryer.

5.) Turn lights off as you leave rooms.

6.) Use cold water when doing laundry whenever possible.

7.) Carpool!

8.) Enable the “sleep mode” feature on your computer, allowing it to use less power during periods of inactivity. In Windows, the power management settings are found on your control panel. Mac users, look for energy saving settings under system preferences in the apple menu.

9.) Configure your computer to “hibernate” automatically after 30 minutes or so of inactivity. Saves energy and is more time-efficient than shutting down and restarting your computer from scratch.

10.) Shorten your showers to less than 10 minutes. Already doing it in less than 10 minutes? Make it 7.

11.) Turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face.

12.) Leaky faucet or shower head? A dripping faucet can waste up to 2,000 gallons/7,600 liters of water a year. Check the plumbing in your house and repair the leaks as soon as possible.

13.) Lawn and garden pesticides and fertilizers can pollute the water. Reduce your use of pesticides and fertilizers and look for safer alternatives to control weeds and bugs. For example, geraniums repel Japanese beetles; garlic and mint repel aphids; and marigolds repel whiteflies.

14.) Make the most of the water you use outdoors by never watering at the hottest times of the day or when it’s windy. Turnoff your sprinklers when it’s raining. On average, 50% – 70% of household water is used outdoors for watering lawns and gardens.

15.) Have a garden? Use mulch in it to help conserve water (the earth stays moister longer).

Pollution Prevention- We all know that we are supposed to reduce, reuse, and recycle, but what exactly does that mean? It’s not just putting your soda bottles out every week and using grocery bags as lunch bags. Here are some other ideas that are easy enough for you to do and encourage others to do as well.

16.) Reuse bags and containers: brown paper bags are great for wrapping packages. Wash out plastic containers and glass jars you buy food in and use them as Tupperware.

17.) One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Instead of throwing out old clothes and toys, donate them to a local shelter or a secondhand store like Goodwill or Salvation Army.

18.) Organize an in-home recycling center and teach your family how to use it. Have separate bins for glass, plastics, and newspaper/cardboard. Make a deal with your family that if they put their recyclables in the bins that you’ll take them to the curb.

19.)Replace the use of paper napkins at dinnertime with cloth napkins. You can wash these a couple of times a week, or whenever they are dirty. Use dish towels to wipe up messes instead of paper towels. These, too, will help cut down on the amount of garbage your household produces.

20.) If you’re having a party and want to use disposable plates and cups, skip the plastic and get paper ones. These break down easier in the environment and don’t deplete the ozone layer as much (although it’s better to nix the disposables and use washables!).

21.) Paper or plastic? Neither! When grocery shopping, take your own reusable canvas or cloth bags (or ask your parents to).


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