Happy Earth Day! Today marks the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day, created by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 to call attention to air and water pollution. Since its humble beginnings, Earth Day has grown into an international movement to improve the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and to understand the need to conserve natural resources.
Practicing the philosophy of Earth Day should be noted just one day of the year; there’s plenty to do every day to promote a healthier planet.
1. Fix leaks – Sinks and toilets that drip and leak waste hundreds of gallons of water a year and money, too, in lower water bills.
2. Shower instead of bathe – Taking a five-minute shower uses far less water than a bath; 10 to 15 gallons of water compared to an average of 70 gallons.
3. Install low-flow kitchen and bath fixtures – Look for the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense badge when shopping for new faucets and toilets. Fixtures with the WaterSense label are at least 20 percent more efficient.
4. Turn off lights in empty rooms – Parents everywhere are constantly reminding kids to turn off the light when they leave a room and for good reason. The less time lights spend on, the less energy they use which translates into lower energy bills.
5. Use LED lamps – Replacing incandescent and CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs with LED saves energy, time and and money. Not only do LEDs use considerable less electricity – 8 watts compared to the traditional 60 – they also last for years and don’t contain mercury like a CFL.
Do you have energy-saving tips to share?