Make Every Day Earth Day
If you want to make every day Earth Day, follow this simple rule of thumb: Use Less of Everything. Jettison the waste hidden in your daily routine. This is great for your personality and for our planet.
Use Less of Everything
(And have more money for the things you love.)
Who really needs a McMansion? Unless you’re the king on the hill entertaining leaders from another country, heating and cooling cavernous empty spaces is very hard on your wallet and humanity. If you were mining the coal, storing the spent nuclear fuel rod or tracking the gas yourself— instead of flipping a switch — you’d definitely be more mindful. Eight-six percent of power we use comes from nuclear and fossil fuel sources. Downsize.
Drought-resistant plants and xeriscaping are beautiful, easy, and appropriate for the Southern California climate. Let the water flow to the farmers and focus on conservation.
Smart choices can result in savings of up to 90% on your electric bill. Insulate. Don’t heat or cool your home or our water when you’re not there. Adjust the thermostat when you leave, put a timer on the water heater, or choose a water heater that heats on demand. Power down all electronic devices and unplug your phone and computer chargers when not in use.
Going for incandescent to LED light bulbs represents a savings of 74 watts per bulb saving you up to 80% on your lighting costs.
America’s oil addition is staggering. We suck up almost nine million barrels every single day. Over $2,000 per household was spent on oil and gas last year. Bike to work, anyone? (Also walk, take public transit, carpool, or drive a fuel efficient hybrid or electric vehicle.)
Your body craves nutrients, not calories. There is a growing body of research supporting the evidence that buying organic means you’re choosing more nutrient-dense foods. (Check out the Organic Farming Research Association.) Kick the junk food addiction and spend less money on health care (a nearly $3 trillion annual bill in the U.S.).