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What Can You Do To Save The Earth? What Can You Do To Save The Earth? What Can You Do To Save The Earth? What Can You Do To Save The Earth? • When going out of town, turn down (or • Replace incandescent bulbs with com- made from natural ingredients which is shut off) water heater. pact fluorescent to save energy and money! easy, given all of the choices nowadays. Did you know most laundry detergent, • Turn off lights when leaving a room. • Keep thermostat at 68 degrees in the dishwashing liquid, hand soap etc. is made winter and 78 degrees in the summer. from petroleum (oil)? If every American • Set refrigerator temperature from 36-38 switched 1 bottle of 100 oz. 2x petroleum- degrees and your freezer from 0-5 degrees. • Set thermostat higher in the summer and based laundry detergent to a 100 oz. bottle lower in the winter, while you are away. of 2x plant-based detergent, we could save • Minimize opening oven door to keep 466,000 barrels of oil, enough oil to heat heat in when cooking! Oven temps can • Insulate your home! and cool 26,800 American homes for a full drop 25-30 degrees everytime the door is year! opened! • Install weather stripping around doors and windows. • Use traps for rodents, rather than poisons. • Cleaning the lint trap on the dryer everytime you use it will increase it’s effi- • Plant trees to shade your home. • Use cedar chips or aromatic herbs instead ciency. of moth balls. • Shade outside air conditioning units by • Better yet, forget the dryer and hang dry trees or other means. • Recycle your newspaper. If everyone in clothes! It will give your clothes a longer the U.S. participated, recycling just the life and save energy at the same time! • Replace old windows with energy-effi- Sunday paper would save more than half a cient ones. million trees each week. • Unplug seldom-used appliances. Even if they’re not on, “vampire energy” is still • Keep your fireplace damper closed when • By brushing your teeth without running being used. you’re not using it. Keeping it open is akin the tap, you’ll save up to five gallons a day. to keeping a 48 inch window wide open in Daily savings in the U.S. would add up to 1.5 • If every household in the U.S. switched the winter; it allows warm air to go right up billion gallons. from hot-hot washing cycle to warm-cold, the chimney. we could save the energy comparable to • Take a shorter shower! Every two minutes 100,000 barrels of oil DAILY. • Use cold water rather than warm or hot, you save can conserve more than ten gal- whenever possible. lons of water. If everyone in the country • Only launder when you have a full load. saved just ONE gallon daily, over the course • Connect outdoor lights to a timer. of the year, it would equal twice the • Turn off lights, computers, and appliances amount of freshwater withdrawn from the when not in use. • Buy ‘green’ electricity produced by low or Great Lakes every day. no-pollution facilities. • Purchase Energy Star-labelled appliances • Use cotton swabs with a paper spindle. If as they use less energy than older models. • Use household cleaning items that are 10% of the U.S. households switched to What Can You Do To Save The Earth? What Can You Do To Save The Earth? What Can You Do To Save The Earth? What Can You Do To Save The Earth? What Can You Do To Save The Earth? paperboard spindled cotton swabs, the Protect the Air • Buy local whenever possible. It will save petroleum energy saved per year would be • Recycle printer cartridges. on the amount of greenhouse gases created equivalent to over 150,000 gallons of gaso- when products are flown or trucked in. line. • Don’t use a wood-burning stove or fire- place when air-quality is poor. • Batch your errands. Can you get all of • Pay bills online! By some estimates, if all your tasks done in one trip? If so, it will save households in the U.S. paid their bills • Avoid slow-burning, smoldering fires. you gasoline as well as time. online and received electronic statements instead of paper, we’d save 18.5 million trees, • Use low-VOC or water-based paints, paint Water Conservation 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide, and 1.7 stripper, finishes and stains. and Protection and Protection and Protection and Protection and Protection billion pounds of solid waste each year. • Check and repair any leaks. • Make sure that your tires are properly Yard inflated. • Install water-saving devices on • Use an electric mower instead of a gas- showerheads, faucets, and toilets. powered one. • Walk or ride your bike instead of driving. • Wash dishes in the sink, and only run the • Leave grass clippings on the yard to nour- • Buy Organic! Among other things, water to rinse them. Running the water ish the soil as they decompose. switching to organic beef (from conven- continuously wastes water! tional) saves loads in carbon dioxide emis- • Use recycled wood chips as mulch. They sions because the cows are raised to grow to • Better yet, skip rinsing dishes before using can reduce soil erosion and weed preva- a normal size and release less methane (20 a dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons each lence, as well as maintain moisture levels in times less, actually). Another plus: grass-fed, load! the soil. organic beef is much healthier than hor- mone-laden, antibiotic-filled beef as well!. • Wash and dry only full loads for dishes • Don’t over fertilize. and laundry. • Try meatless Monday! Reducing meat • Avoid (or at least minimize) pesticide use. consumption conserves water, reduces air • Revegetate or mulch disturbed soil as pollution, saves topsoil, and is more energy much as possible. • Water grass early in the morning. efficient overall. Each pound of beef pro- duced requires nearly 2,500 gallons of • Don’t dump stuff down the storm drains! • Find non-hazardous ways of reducing water. You’ll save our forests as well, which pesticide usage (e.g. planting marigolds!) are cut down to make more space for • Clean up after your pet! grazing cattle. • COMPOST! • Join a carpool or vanpool to get to work. • Properly dispose of used motor oil, and check car for leaks. A single quart of motor • Use cruise control. It could get you 15% oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking better gas mileage! What Can You Do To Save The Earth? What Can You Do To Save The Earth? What Can You Do To Save The Earth? What Can You Do To Save The Earth? What Can You Do To Save The Earth? water. billion used worldwide. They are not bio- Scary Statistics degradable and we live near an ocean. • Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles • Take car to car wash rather than washing every hour! Doesn’t that make you feel like it in the driveway. While you’re washing it, • Recycle unwanted wire hangers! If you reaching for your polycarbonate or stain- clean out all of the stuff in the trunk... it can’t, take them back to the dry cleaner. less steel bottle? will help your fuel economy! • For devices that require batteries, choose • Americans throw away enough office and • Buy organic. the rechargeable types. writing paper each year to build a wall twelve feet high stretching from New York Create Less Garbage Create Less Garbage Create Less Garbage Create Less Garbage Create Less Garbage • Before you throw it away, think about City to Los Angeles. • Buy bulk items to reduce packaging! whether or not you can donate it! •In a lifetime, the average American will • Avoid products with loads of packaging. • Recycle old mobile phones. The average throw away 600 times his or her adult phone lasts 18 months, which means that weight in garbage, which means that each • Buy products you can reuse. 130 million will be retired this year. If they adult will leave a legacy of as much as end up in the landfills, the phone and 100,000 pounds of garbage for his or her • Recycle aluminum cans. 20 cans can be batteries will introduce toxic substances children. made with the energy that it takes to make into our environment. one new can. • Americans comprise only 5% of the • COMPOST!!! Think about how much you world’s population, but we consume 25% • Maintain and repair durable products can reduce your garbage bill by of the world’s resources..... rather than buying new ones. composting veggie scraps, egg shells, paper tea bags etc. Resources! • Use cloth napkins to save on paper! If • http://oceans.nrdc.org everyone used one less paper napkin a day, • Egg cartons make a perfect bed for plant- • www.50waystohelp.com more than a billion pounds of napkins ing seedlings • www.everydayactivist.com could be saved from landfills each year. • Use biodegradable or cloth diapers. By a • www.mambosprouts.com • Use reusable plates instead of disposable. time a child is toilet trained, a parent will • www.seql.org change between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers, • www.treehugger.com • You can reduce your need for aluminum adding up to approximately 3.5 million foil and cling wrap by using reusable con- tons of waste in U.S. landfills each year. tainers. Money saved! • Skip the coffee stirrer! Each year, Ameri- • Shop with canvas bags! Each year, the U.S. cans throw away 138 billion straws and uses 84 billion plastic bags, of the 500 stirrers.
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