GOING GREEN FOR EARTH DAY Kermit the Frog said it’s not easy being GREEN—but it IS! There are little things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment. Taking care of the Earth is our God-given responsibility.
1.Water: The little things can make a big difference. While you brush your teeth, turn off that tap to save up to 200 gallons of water per month. Got a leaky toilet? You might be wasting 200 gallons of water a day [source: EPA]. Try drinking tap water instead of bottled water, so you aren't wasting all that packaging as well. Wash your clothes in cold water when you can.
2. Leave your car at home. If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you'll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds (721 kilograms) per year [source: EPA]. Combine your errands -- hit the post office, grocery store and shoe repair place in one trip. It will save you gas and time. Carpool whenever possible.
3. Go paperless with your bills. Recycle. You can help reduce pollution just by putting that soda can in a different bin. Choose products with the least packaging. Re-use plastic containers from products instead of using plastic bags or Tupperware. Wash plastic bags and reuse (for non-food items if you’re worried about germs.) Don’t use plastic straws!! Millions end up in our oceans every day! Tell your server NO STRAW ahead of time, otherwise if they put it on your table, it will wind up being thrown away.
4. Change your light bulbs. An incandescent bulb may last around 1000 hours, while a fluorescent (CFL) bulb producing the same amount of light may last around 8,000 hours, and an equivalent LED bulb may last around 25,000 hours! Because of their efficiency, LED’s generally cost more, but the energy saved on your electric bill pays off when compared to incandescent bulbs. CFL’s have mercury and need to be disposed of in a safe way. That’s why LED’s are the best choice. According to the US Department of Energy, adoption of LED lighting over standard bulbs over the next 20 years will prevent 40 new power plants from being constructed, generate more than $265 billion in energy savings, and reduce lighting electricity demand by 33 percent in 2027.
5. Make your home more energy efficient (and save money). Clean your air filters so your system doesn't have to work overtime. Get a programmable thermostat so you aren't wasting energy when you aren't home. When you go to bed, reduce the thermostat setting -- you won't miss those extra degrees of heat or air conditioning while you're asleep.
6. Maintain your car. Underinflated tires decrease fuel economy by up to 3 percent and lead to increased pollution and higher greenhouse gas emissions [source: EPA]. Underinflation also increases tire wear, so it will save you money in the long run if you're good about checking your tire pressure.. Drive smarter. Slow down -- driving 60 miles (96 kilometers) per hour instead of 70 mph on the highway will save you up 4 miles (6 kilometers) per gallon [source: Consumer Guide Automotive]. Accelerating and braking too hard can actually reduce your fuel economy, so take it easy on the brakes and gas pedal.
7. Turn off lights when you're not in the room and unplug appliances when you're not using them. It only takes a second to be environmentally conscious.
Little changes make a big difference when we all pull together! “The Earth is the LORD’s and everything in it.” Psalm 24:1 ... See MoreSee Less