10 Ways To Save Earth!

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Saving Earth is easier than you think. You can do little things everyday to reduce the effect that pollution has on planet Earth. Taking care of Earth is not a responsibility, but a privilege. Image courtesy: 3paulxsaveearth.blogspot.com

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1. Carpool or re-think your commute:

If you live close enough, ditch you car and walk or bike to work / school. Car pollution alone kills about 30,000 people per year. Most ozone pollution is caused by motor vehicles. It would be nice if the roads were a little less congested. Look into starting a carpool group in your area. Image courtesy: http://appsforfacebook.info

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Save energy:

Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out. Unplug appliances when you are not using them. Or, use a "smart" power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts "phantom" or "vampire" energy use. Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 percent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.Use a drying rack or clothesline to save the energy otherwise used during machine drying. Image courtesy: savingtipsntricks.blogspot.com

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Save water:

Take shorter showers to reduce water use. Install a low-flow shower-head. They don't cost much, and the water and energy savings can quickly pay back your investment. Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high. Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area. Image courtesy: mastanantapur.com

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Buy smart:

Buy in bulk. Purchasing food in bulk can save money and packaging. Wear clothes that don't need to be dry-cleaned. This saves money and cuts down on toxic chemical use. Invest in high-quality, long-lasting products. You might pay more now, but you will be happy when you don't have to replace items as frequently (and this means less waste!). Image courtesy: buy-smart.com.au

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Borrow instead of buying:

Borrow from libraries instead of buying personal books and movies. This not only saves money but also the ink and paper that goes into printing new books. Image courtesy: jxteacher.com

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Buy locally and support your local farmers market:

When we choose not to buy locally, we pay for it. This means that the products have to be picked, packed and shipped from faraway places which contribute to pollution from car/truck emissions. It also means that the produce have to be grown in a special way and given much more preservatives the survive the long haul they must travel to get to your grocery store. If we support local farmers, not only does the produce contain more nutrients, but it also allows local farmers to keep their businesses alive and well. The produce is also more affordable than buying from mainstream markets. Image courtesy: teeswater.ca

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Use rechargeable batteries:

Think about how many batteries you go through a month. From portable electronic devices, remote controls, clocks to stereos, some cell phones and toys, we are contributing to the toxicity of the Earth. Batteries contain toxic elements such as cadmium, mercury, zinc and lead. Once these batteries and disposed and reach the landfill, the contents eventually released into the ground, soil, air and water. Though rechargeable batteries may be a little more expensive, they last much longer and by using these, you can eliminate toxic waste that gets back into the air we breathe, water we use and the soil that we grow stuff in. If you do have batteries that are non-rechargeable, they should be recycled. Image courtesy: keetsa.com

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Conserve on the heater and air conditioning:

In the winter time, use less heat to keep warm. Layer on the sweaters and bust of the extra thick comforters at night. (This is also better for your skin and overall health - heat is very drying.) In the summer, make sure you have thick curtains to keep the cold air in, turn off the lights when you are not using them. Clean your filters on air conditioners monthly. Image courtesy: airconditionernewyork.blogspot.com

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Don't use paper / plastic plates, utensils:

By using disposable utensils and plates, we are contributing to the landfills with extra trash. It is easier to throw away paper dishes after a meal than to wash it, but it is not only cheaper to use reusable dishware but it's also more eco-friendly. However, if you're at an outdoor gathering like a picnic and it just makes sense to buy disposable products, make sure they're biodegradable and eco-friendly. Bamboo is another great renewable resource for housewares, as bamboo products are good for the environment. Image courtesy: threadbanger.com

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

It is probably the oldest saying in the book, but if we recycle, reuse and reduce, we can help make our Earth a better, cleaner and longer lasting place for future generations. Reducing waste means avoiding unnecessary waste production. Reusing waste means the multiple use of a product in its form. Recycling waste means using waste materials to manufacture other products of a similar nature. Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W light bulb for up to 6 hours. Image courtesy: swampbrat.net

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