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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  • Errands, Anyone?: Perhaps you could do the errands one day a week, while someone else picks up another day. Also, group your errands. It takes a little planning on the front end to think of how to efficiently handle all the tasks you need to, but in the long run grouping such errands will save you time, money, and gas.
  • Dry Greening, Er, Cleaning: So-called Green cleaners still have their drawbacks, but the methods they employ are less harmful to the environment and human health than traditional cleaners. To find an eco-friendly cleaner near you, visit GreenEarthCleaning.com.
  • Check the Package: When making purchases at lunch, or anytime, for that matter, opt for the brands that use minimal and/or recyclable packaging.
  • Doing Well by Doing Good: Take a moment during the workday to talk to your financial adviser about investing in “greentech” companies that are developing alternative, renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power and biofuels.
  • Bring It On: In most cases, preparing your own lunch is less expensive than going out. When doing so bring your meal in a reusable container. Rather than buying additional plastic containers, wash and reuse takeout and other food containers.

At Home

  • Mail Bag: Pay your bills online, and stop the paper versions from being sent to you. In turn, you’ll no longer need to send your payment via mail and save the cost of postage. Also put a halt to junk mail by registering at Directing Marketing Association.
  • Recycle This: Help start or expand a recycling program in your community or at your church or office.
  • So Happy Together: Gather your family and friends for a little low-tech fun. Play a board game; take a walk; or just sit a spell on the porch, deck, or patio. Such activities don’t require much in the way of natural resource expenditure, but they offer a great way to enjoy the company of others.
  • Warm and Fuzzy: For many of us drying clothes on the line is not always a practical option. So if you need to run your dryer during the warmer months, do it in the early morning or at night when temperatures are cooler. That way you’ll work your air conditioner less.
  • Hot and Cold: While we’re on the subject of room temperature, install a programmable thermostat for your home. You can reduce the energy you use to heat and cool your home and save a wad of money by setting temperatures at energy-saving levels for those times when you’re not there or asleep.
  • Sweet Dreams: Need extra incentive to get the necessary shut-eye? Consider that you can reduce your carbon footprint by simply sleeping. So go ahead, hit the pillow, and drift away.