10 Easy Ways to Help Save the Planet!
1. Set a programmable thermostat
Set the heat or the air-conditioning to match your daily patterns to save energy. If you turn your thermostat down two degrees in the winter and up two degrees in the summer and you’ll keep nearly 880 pounds of carbon dioxide from warming the earth.
2. Stop junk mail
Go to optoutprescreen.com to stop receiving pre-approved credit card offers and sign up on catalogchoice.org to reduce the amount of unsolicited catalogs sent to you. If everyone in the United States reduced the junk mail he receives every week, 100 million trees would be spared each year.
3. Buy green power
Visit the Green Power Network’s U.S. map at eere.energy.gov/greenpower to check out if your state offers green energy.
4. Reuse and Recycle
To learn which items you can leave out for curbside pickup, and how to dispose of those you can’t, log on to earth911.org for contact info for local recyclers of more than 250 materials―from cooking oil to hazardous waste (including batteries). Americans already recycle about a third of their trash (double what was recycled in 1990), but we can do more.
5. Carry a water bottle with you
Save some money and the consumption of plastic bottles- buy a “green” reusable bottle. Americans use 3.3 million plastic bottles every hour but recycle only one in five. We have one here and a cooler to match.
6. Buy local produce
Your last meal may have traveled 1,500 miles to get to your table. Find food near you. Green markets, farm stands,and conscientious supermarkets all offer locally grown produce. Buy it and you’ll conserve fuel, reduce pollution, and
enjoy fresher food.
7. Bring your own bags to the market
In an average year, U.S. households use about 100 billion plastic bags, 99 percent of which are never recycled. Stash some canvas bags in your car!
8. Give your car a tune-up
Tune up your car (usually every 30,000 miles) and raise your car’s fuel efficiency
anywhere from 4 to 40 percent. Go to greendrivingusa to find some great gas saving tips!
9. Turn off the water
The average faucet releases about three gallons of water a minute, so shut it off while you brush your teeth or shave.
10. Skip red meat once a week
It can take seven or more pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef, and livestock consumes 70 percent of America’s grain. Eat less of it (cut out one day a week) and when possible, choose pasture-fed, sustainably raised beef. If you alone gave it up once every seven days, you would save the 840 gallons of fresh water it takes to produce a single serving. Check out Meatless Mondays for great meal ideas or Dan’s Essentials recipes.