22 Easy Ways to Save the Earth

These simple tips are good for you and good for the planet.

Richard Banks
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R. Nichols

From the moment we awake to the time we go to bed, we can reduce stress on the environment by doing many of our daily tasks a little differently. All it takes is some forethought and know-how to help preserve the planet and, in many instances, even save money. So check out the ideas below for a few tips on how to be Green throughout the day.

Before Work

  • A Clean Start: What better way to begin the day than by getting clean while being Green? Install a low-flow showerhead, and perhaps even shorten the amount of time you spend bathing. Also, when running water while waiting for it to warm up, catch that water in a bucket and use it to water plants. Remember to turn off water in the sink when brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Green is the New Black: When you reach into your closet or drawer, opt for organic cotton clothing. Grown and processed without the use of toxic chemicals, it’s eco-friendly and wonderfully soft next to your skin.
  • Before you Leave: Turn off the lights and unplug any chargers not in use, such as cell phones and laptop computers. Surprisingly, they still use about 5 watts per hour when they aren’t recharging a battery.
  • To Commute: Take public transportation to work or join a car pool. Organizations such as eRideShare offer online ride-matching services for commuters looking for a lift or wanting to form a car pool. If you’re the one driving, keep those tires properly inflated. Your automobile loses about 1% of fuel efficiency for every 3 pounds of pressure less than what is recommended.
  • Or Not to Commute: If your company allows it, telecommute and save gas by staying home. Or employ a flextime schedule, which would allow you to go in to work at nonpeak times and reduce the number of commuters during rush hour. Visit WhenWorkWorks.org for information on how to start such programs.