Go Green! Everyday Earth Day Tips

Earth Day is here! What steps you can take to live a greener life?

Here are some suggestions to help green-up your life:

Replace old style light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL). These bulbs will save up to $30 during the course of it’s lifetime. They pay for themselves within 6 months.

Use rain barrels to collect water for your garden instead of using your hose. “It’s a simple fact of life that all gardens need water. So, where do you get it? Most people simply turn on the tap and water away. But there is an alternative – rainwater. Consider this: one inch of rain will yield half a gallon of water for every square foot. That means that 100 square feet can capture 50 gallons of water. That’s a lot of water and in the city most of it will go down the sewer drains.” Source Joanne Jones – EzineArticles.com Expert Author

Unplug anything you are not using. Power is consumed even when an appliance is turned off!  “In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics and appliances is consumed while the products are turned off. This can be avoided by unplugging the appliance or using a power strip and using the switch on the power strip to cut all power to the appliance.” Source U.S. Department Of Energy

Save gas, stay healthy! Ride a bicycle for short trips instead of using your car. “The first reason to use a bicycle for short distances is that you can cause a decrease of pollution. Because many people use their cars to move short distances, they increase the rates of pollution causing more pollution problems to our environment. That is why the use of a bicycle for short distances is a really good idea to help lower the rates of pollution.” Source Advanced Composition for Non- Native Speakers of English eslbee.com

Recycle as much as possible. Most cities now offer separate cans for recycling. Take advantage of this and reduce the amount of waste going to landfills. “Recycling a stack of newspapers just 3 feet high saves 1 tree.” Source Groot Inc. Here is a fun recycling calculator called the conversionator provided by Groot Inc.

Refrigeration consumes 20% of all energy used in the world. Properly maintaining equipment will reduce the amount of power used. Make sure the door seals are in good shape and making proper contact with the door frame. Keep condenser coils clean & inspect them monthly. Have a qualified service company perform clean and checks on commercial refrigeration at least twice a year.

I’ve covered a lot, but there is more that we can do to save the world! We all need to work together, so let’s share ideas!  How do you go green?

Have a great Earth Day!