Tuesday, June 2, 2009

20 Ways to Save the Earth

Here are 20 quicks tips for you to do your part to save the Earth.

1. Change to Fluorescent Bulbs - This would be the biggest help to our environment if everybody witched to CFLs. It could be the equivalent of getting over 1 million cars off the road.
2. Don't Rinse - If you skip rinsing your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher you will save about 15 gallons of water over a year. Imagine the savings if everybody did this.
3. Turn off computers at night - don't just put them to sleep.
4. Get rid of baths - A bath uses about twice as much water as a shower.
5. Don't get bottled water - Instead of bottled water get a reusable container to carry water.
6. Shorten your shower - Every minute you cut from your shower is roughly 5 gallons of water. The less time your shower takes, the lower your impact on the environment.
7. Recycle Glass - Some people claim that glass in a landfill will take many thousands of years to decompose.
8. Don't Pre-Heat the Oven - unless needed, just turn the oven on after you put the dish in it.
9. Turn Down your Thermostat - Every degree lower in the winter or higher in the summer you put it is a 10% decrease on your energy bill.
10. Turn off your lights - Turn off your lights when you are not using them. The benefits are obvious.
11. Get rid of junk mail - A huge savings in trees. You can find services to help you with this too.
12. Give things away - Take things that you are not going to wear or use and give it to a charity or someone who will use it.
13. Go to a car wash - Going to a car wash is a lot more water efficient then washing your car at home.
14. Stop paper bank statements - Why waste paper getting your bank statement mailed to you when you can just check it out online.
15. Pay your Bills Online - If every house in the US did this then we would save 18 million trees every year.
16. Get a reusable bag - You can't recycle plastic bags, instead get yourself a reusable bag so that you won't have to worry about carrying your necessities.
17. Inflate your Tires - If your tires are inflated at all times your car will run more miles on less gas.
18. Plant a Tree - It's good for the air, can keep you cool, and can increase your property value.
19. Buy Local Produce - Consider how much energy it takes for produce from china or any other country to come here. If you have the option to buy local, do it.
20. Walk or Ride Your Bike When you can - If you have to go somewhere close consider riding your bike or walking there instead of your car. It's better on the environment and healthier.