Tuesday, April 22, 2014 is Earth Day.
No matter what your thoughts on climate change, it is hard to deny that conserving energy and recycling materials can help to save money and lower the amount of waste piling up in landfills across the country… and around the world.
Did you know that the first Earth Day was celebrated here in the United States on April 22nd 1970? I didn’t!!!
I also didn’t know that the recognition and celebration of Earth Day led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act!!!
By 1990 almost 150 countries were participating in Earth Day events, and today the global initiative continues to gain more and more support.
A lot of us already recycle or even drive more fuel efficient vehicles… but here are a few things you can do to save energy that you may never have heard of before…
-Turning off your computer at night can save you several cents a day, so that’s a few extra cups of expensive coffee shop coffee a year!
-Speaking of coffee, stop using coffee stirrers! Just put your cream and stuff in the cup before the coffee… let the coffee do the mixing.
-Don’t preheat your oven, instead just pop in the food and then turn the oven on and save a bunch on your electric or gas bill.
-Stop taking baths… switch to showers. Baths use about twice as much water as the average shower.
-Switch to cotton swabs that have paper between the ends instead of plastic. The cost of creating that plastic is more expensive than you think.
-Use a car wash. I know a lot of us like to wash our own cars… but most car washes use less water than us letting loose with the garden hose.
-Buy locally made products. If there is less of a demand for out of state products, less fuel will be used to ship non-local products to our area.
Of course you can find a gazillion more suggestions online on ways that you can help improve life on Planet Earth!
Happy Earth Day everyone.