10 Things You Can Do to Help Save the Earth
1. Pay attention to water. Turn off water while brushing teeth. Got a leaky toilet? You might be wasting 200 gallons of water a day. Drink tap water instead of bottled water. Think about what you pour down your drains. Use non-toxic cleaning products. Maintain your septic tank.
2. Leave your car at home. Combine errands, it will save gas and time. Walk, ride a bike to work, school and anywhere you can. Reduce greenhouse gases while burning calories and improving your health.
3. Maintain your car and drive smart. Underinflated tires decrease fuel economy by up to three percent and lead to increased pollution and higher greenhouse gas emissions. Drive smarter. Slow down — driving 100 kms. per hour instead of 120 will save you gas.
4. Recycle, Reduce, Reuse. If choosing between two products, pick the one with the least packaging. Reduce paper use and recycle always. Dispose of hazardous waste properly.
5. Compost. Compost makes a great natural fertilizer and is easier than you think.
6. Make your home more energy efficient (and save money). Clean air filters so your system doesn’t work overtime. Insulate. Get a programmable thermostat. If you’re shopping for new appliances or electronics, look for ENERGY STAR products and ENERGUIDE ratings.
Wash clothes in cold water. Use the clothesline instead of a dryer.
7. Change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) last 10 times longer than a standard bulb and use at least two-thirds less energy.
8.Turn off lights when you’re not in the room and unplug things when you’re not using them. Stop putting electrical appliances on standby. Even when your electrical appliances are on standby, they do consume energy.
9. Stop using plastic. There is no reason to use plastic bags when there are environment friendly options. Take your bag every time you go shopping and do not ask for plastic bags.
10. Choose local and organic foods that are in season, and support local food producers. Eat less meat. Eat sustainable seafood.