April 22 has inspired individuals and organizations worldwide to show their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability for more than 40 years.Β Here are some simple changes you can make to ensure that Earth Day lasts every day!
(A personal favorite from this vegetarian blogger!) Commit to eating a vegetarian diet at least one day a week and help cut down on water pollution, land degradation, climate change and loss of biodiversity created by the livestock industry.
Insulate Your Hot Water Heater
Adding insulation can reduce standby heat losses by 25% to 45%.Β And, of course, you can enjoy decreased energy costs by converting to a Tankless Water Heater.
Commit to Using Warm or Cold Water for Laundry
Reducing the temperature from hot to warm can cut a load’s energy use in half.
Install a Water-Efficient Shower Head
This one simple update has the potential to reduce your shower-based water and electricity usage by about half.
Eliminate Toxic Chemical Use
The EPA estimates that indoor air in the average American household is more than 100 times higher in pollutants than outdoor air, largely due to home cleaning products. Non-toxic brands you can try include Seventh Generation, Method and Ecover.
Plant a Vegetable Garden & Use Organic Fertilizers or Join a CSA
Your own garden means fresh produce, no pesticides and no greenhouse gasses associated with shipping. Don’t worry if you lack the green thumb – there are great Community Supported Farms where you can enjoy fresh local produce.
Use a Water Filter to Purify Tap Water Instead of Buying Bottled
It takes 2,000 more times energy to produce a bottle of water than it does to produce tap water. Furthermore, 69% of bottled water containers end up in the trash instead of recycling.
Replace at Least 5 Incandescent Light Bulbs with CFLs
An ENERGY STAR qualified compact flourescent light bulb (CFL) uses 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and can last up to 10 times longer
You can help the Earth even more when you choose propane for your energy needs. Propane is an approved, clean fuel listed in the 1990 Clean Air Act as well as the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Propane has always been a green fuel:Β far ahead of todayβs trends.
And now it’s your turn. How many of these tips will you commit to? Do you have other trips to go green and celebrate Earth Day every day?