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50 Earth Day Tips

Celebrate Earth Week with these tips and information from our Living the Green Life web page to help you be a better steward of the Earth and live more sustainably. Every day should be Earth Day!

At Home

In the kitchen...

  • Set the refrigerator temperature between 38 F and 42 F.
  • Set the freezer temperature between O F and 5 F.
  • Microwave whenever you can.
  • Don't wash dishes with the water running.

In the dining room...

Avoid washing clothing in hot water to
save on energy costs.
  • Use cloth napkins.
  • Use washable plates, cups and silverware.
  • Serve condiments from recyclable containers.
  • Provide personal glasses for beverages.

In the laundry...

  • Wash and dry only full loads.
  • Wash with warm water instead of hot.
  • Rinse with cold water instead of warm.
  • Hang wash out to dry.

In the bathroom...

  • Shut off the sink while brushing your teeth.
  • Shut off the shower while soaping or scrubbing.
  • Install a low-flow shower head.
  • Reduce the volume of water in your toilet tank.

In the living room...

Plant a tree in your yard.
  • Switch off unnecessary lights.
  • Dress warmly: don't turn up the furnace.
  • Dress cool: don't turn on the air conditioner.
  • Raise shades on winter days; lower them in summer.

In the yard...

  • Compost leaves and grass clippings.
  • Avoid pesticides, use nontoxic alternatives.
  • Apply only as much fertilizer as the lawn needs.
  • Use native plants which require little to no watering.
  • Plant a tree.

In the garage...

  • Recycle motor oil, antifreeze and car batteries.

Away from Home

Buy or share used textbooks.

In the car...

  • Drive at the speed limit.
  • Avoid sudden starts or stops.
  • Don't overfill the fuel tank.
  • Check the tire pressure monthly.
  • Change air and oil filters regularly.

At the store . . .

  • Don't buy over-packaged items.
  • Choose products in reusable and/or recyclable containers.
  • Buy concentrated cleaners and detergents.
  • Return empty bottles and cans for deposit.
  • Bring your own reusable bag.

At work...

  • Send electronic copies whenever possible.
  • Copy reports and memos on both sides.
  • Circulate rather than copy paperwork.
  • Reuse tubes and envelopes for mailing.

At play...

Keep a compost pale in your kitchen so you can easily
gather your food scraps to add to your compost pile.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Hike, row, sail, ski or paddle - don't motor.
  • Build campfires with care.
  • Observe, don't disturb wildlife and plant life.
  • Share books, magazines, CDs and DVDs with friends, hospitals and prisons.

At school . . .

  • Copy bulletins and exams on two sides, make notes and drafts on scrap paper.
  • Reuse textbooks and school supplies.
  • Serve reusable trays, dishes and silverware.
  • Compost cafeteria vegetable wastes.


  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

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