New Ideas for Making Every Day Earth Day
By Megan Morrow
Published April 15, 2019
As April 22 or Earth Day approaches, you may already use energy-efficient light bulbs, bring reusable grocery bags to the store and turn off the water when brushing your teeth. However, with recent dire warnings about climate change and the annual celebration of Earth Day, you might be seeking some new ideas for bringing more green into your life.
Some updates are simple and some involve a greater investment of time or money, but all of these options can make Earth Day a greater part of your every day:
- Weigh your waste: Have you ever weighed your garbage? The answer is likely “no,” but this simple activity can open your eyes to the big picture of waste. If you weigh your garbage on a bathroom scale for a week, then multiply by 52, you will quickly see how much waste your family produces in a year. Once you have this figure tabulated, determine how you can reduce it – compost, use leftovers in soups or stir-frys, receive less mail by switching to online billing and buying less, for example.
- Try a smart power strip. Since 75 percent of energy needed to power household electronics is consumed when they are in “off” mode, according to the S. Department of Energy, investing in a smart or advanced power strip can save money and energy – shutting off the power when a device is not being used.
- Eco–clean. It is surprisingly easy to make your own cleaning products (a little vinegar goes a long way), but there are also more eco-friendly products available than ever. Avoid bleach when possible.
- Get kids in on the action. Sponges for new material, your kids may learning more about Earth Day and will likely enjoy a natural playscape or a nature walk as well as more outdoor time and snacks grown from the garden. Ask them for input on ideas for closer-to-home vacations or ways to reduce food waste.
- Build smart. If you are building a new home or remodeling your current abode, think energy-efficiency when making plans. For instance, you can opt for sustainable building materials (for the roof, cabinets, counters, insulation and more), ensure that insulation is sound, choose energy-efficient windows and eco-friendly lighting. You can even use landscaping to protect your house from direct sunlight throughout the summer while allowing more light in during winter.
- Cut back on meat and dairy. You do not have to become a vegan, but simply avoiding meat and cheese one day a week with your family is the equivalent of not driving for five weeks, according to the Earth Day Network. About 1,800-2,500 gallons of water are required to produce a single pound of beef, so little changes can make a big impact.
- Change your dish–washing routine. Avoid rinsing dishes before you put them in the dishwasher and run loads on full, energy-efficient cycles. Consider washing by hand once a week as a mindful alternative.
Simple adjustments such as using cruise control more often, working from home, recycling your cell phone and bringing your own mug to your favorite coffee shop can contribute to a better Earth Day and better every day.
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