Earth Day Ideas to Use Year-Round

Earth Day is upon us once again and anyone who follows my blog knows how I love to think green! So here are some Earth Day ideas that you can use anytime of year!

carpoolCarpool

Sharing a car with co-workers is a very efficient way to go to work. Of course try finding people you enjoy being with. Carpooling is a great way to cut down on emissions and save on gas money! Remember thinking green saves you green!

Check out Successful Blog on other compelling reasons to carpool.

Energy Efficient PlantsPlanting Trees and Other Landscaping

There are two major reasons to plant trees, shrubs and flowers around your home. One, they are good for the environment, and two, trees can help shade your home and save money on energy costs. Did you know a tree-shaded lawn can make a sunny yard up to six degrees cooler? And a shaded lawn can be 25 degrees cooler than sunny pavement?

The home I grew up in had two huge pine trees on the side that really helped shade our home. I grew up without air conditioning so I am used to using fans and shade to my advantage when it comes to keeping cool in the summer. Growing up in the Northeast it was easier to stay cool – I’m sure all my friends down South had to have A/C!

Glacial Energy has some great tips for landscaping to conserve energy.

billsSign Up for Wireless Billing

Reducing paper in your mail is a great way to save trees. When you do sign up for wireless billing make sure, if it is an option, that you sign up for email alerts. Not every company does this automatically. I know this because I have gotten stumped on no reminders in the past. However, when I called the company and explained the reason for my late fees they were very understanding.

Wireless billing and email alerts are a great way to cut down on junk mail too. Since I still get some junk mail, I set up a recycle bin next to the trash in my kitchen.

Switch Light Bulbs and Unplug

In a blog a few weeks ago I discussed the benefits of switching to LED bulbs. LED bulbs have recently become a lot cheaper, far more efficient and can last for about 20 years or so! Switching out all your old bulbs, even the CFL bulbs, can help you save on the electric bill.

appliancesI also unplug most things that are not in use. I don’t recommend unplugging the refrigerator, but unplugging the microwave, some lamps, computer, etc. when not in use can save a lot of money. On average, 75 percent of your electric bill is from appliances that are not in use. Think about it. Most of us are away from home for at least eight hours, five days a week. We sleep an average of six to eight hours a night, and then spend time away on the weekends.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, β€œon an average day in 2011, Americans age 15 and over slept about 8.7 hours, spent 5.2 hours doing leisure and sports activities, worked for 3.6 hours, and spent 1.8 hours doing household activities. The remaining 4.7 hours were spent in a variety of other activities, including eating and drinking, attending school, and shopping.” Average how much time we are using home electronics and it’s pretty obvious that we don’t everything plugged in all the time.

Also, intellidance.ca blog says that a report by Ikea shows 73 percent of kids prefer playing with their parents then watching TV or using the Internet.

bike to workRide Your Bike to Work

If you can safely do so, riding your bike into work is another great way to save on gas. I’m debating doing this since I live in a pretty urban area, but if you can, riding your bike to work is also great exercise!

Check out Bike Commute Tips Blog for more ideas on biking to work!

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