Do Your Part to Help this Earth Day
It’s that time again – Earth Day is this Saturday and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate our favorite holiday of the year! Earth Day is a time to celebrate the planet and raise awareness about the need to protect and respect it. It’s not just an American holiday – it’s celebrated around the world! This year, we challenge you to go beyond contributing just on April 22nd. We want you to change a daily habit (or a few!) to take care of our planet, and it’s very simple to do.
Pay Attention to water usage. Remember when you were young and were told to turn off the water while brushing your teeth? Are you still following that rule as an adult? Believe it or not, leaving the water on while brushing wastes 5 gallons of water a day – yikes! It’s a small thing to remember, but so important that we all do it together. Also, be aware of any leaky toilets in your home. Leaks can waste up to 20 gallons of water per day so pay attention to your bathrooms and make sure everything is working properly.
Turn off the lights. It’s that simple. If you leave a room and no one else is there, turn off the lights. Pull back the curtains and blinds and let that natural sunlight come into your home.
Avoid Plastic. It might be easy to buy bottles of water in bulk for your family, but it’s not good for the environment. All those empty bottles pile up in landfills, which release greenhouse gases – not good! Want to know a secret? Bottled water is treated tap water so why not invest in a filter to treat your water? They’re not expensive and overall will save you money compared to your monthly bottled water expanse.
Take electronics to a recycling center. Do you have old cell phones, computer parts, cords, headphones, and other electronics sitting somewhere collecting dust? Electronic waste is becoming the biggest category of trash in the world so gather your unused techy items and bring them to the nearest recycling center.
Go paperless. Does your bank offer paperless services? You may want to try it, especially if your filing cabinet can’t shut anymore. Receiving banking statements online means you’ll still get a statement every month, and you can review older statements at any time. Trust us, once you try paperless, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do this a long time ago!
Try driving less (if possible). The ability to drive a car to any destination is convenient, but not so good for the Earth. Each day you leave your vehicle at home, you’re saving over 750 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year! Try other means of getting to your destination such as carpooling, public transit, biking, or walking.
Earth Day is about enjoying and appreciating the world around us. This Saturday, take a moment to remember why our planet is worth protecting and start giving back to our Earth every day. We hope you try some of our tips above and discover new ways to help our world. Happy Earth Day!