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Happy Earth Day! 5 FREE Things to You Can Do to Help

by Hilary Sopata

Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day!  Today, we celebrate the Earth with events and activities to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of our resources so that we can live sustainably whether like us you’re interested in interior design or your profession is completely different.  The Earth Day Network also has programs and events year-round to promote eco-friendly living. Source:http://www.earthday.net/earthday2010 

Here are 5 things you can do today to help planet Earth:

  1. Reduce water by only running your washing machine or dishwasher only when completely full and by turning off the water when brushing your teeth or hand rinsing dishes.
  2. Turn off your car when you’re waiting.  Idling your car (including waiting at drive-thru windows) uses up gasoline and is bad for the environment but also for people in the area who breathe in the fumes.
  3. Use windows wisely!  Open your window treatments to allow sunshine to come in and warm your home but keep them closed at night when you want to prevent heat loss.  If you live in a hot area, close your window treatments during the day to prevent heat build-up.
  4. BYOC – Bring your own cup.  If you bring your own cup to get coffee in the morning, some places will even give you a discount.  Choose reusable mugs whenever possible.  Many places have them for use in the restaurant but you may have to ask since the employees may only be thinking about how many they’ll need to wash later and give you a paper one instead!
  5. Recycle and be insistent about it!  Let’s face it is not always easy to be a recycler.  First, make sure you know how to recycle at home and do it.  Then, talk to your boss about recycling at work.  Also, write letters to the places you frequent asking them to institute a recycling program.  We CAN make a difference!
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