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Make This Earth Day Matter

This Sunday, April 22, marks the 48 annual celebration of Earth Day, a day to take the time to do something nice for Mother Nature. Here are some simple tips to help you protect the earth and go green.

1. Plant a tree or donate a tree
2. Join a local park, river or beach clean-up
3. Use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaning products.
4. Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs. Reduce your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year.
5. Carpool, ride your bike, use public transportation or drive an electric or hybrid car. Reduce your carbon footprint by one pound for every mile you do not drive.
6. Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage. Reduce your carbon footprint 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved.
7. Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags, and straws.
8. Recycle paper, plastic, and glass. Reduce your garbage by 10% and your carbon footprint by 1,200 pounds a year.
9. Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck.
10. Read documents online instead of printing them.
11. Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee.
12. Bring reusable bags when you shop.
13. Buy organic food to keep your body and the environment free of toxic pesticides. Support farmers and companies who use organic ingredients.
14. Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head.
15. Fix leaky faucets and shower-heads.
16. Turn off and unplug electronics you’re not using. This includes turning off your computer at night.
17. Turn off lights when you leave a room.
18. Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy (and get exercise!).
19. Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer to reduce your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds.
20. Use energy-efficient appliances and electronics.