Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April is Earth Month

This month is a celebration of our Planet. There are so many ways you can make a difference to help our earth. Little changes can add up to big rewards.

1) Recycle your newspapers, plastic bags, plastic bottles and glass bottles.

2) Start a compost pile. Throw in your leftover apple peelings, potato peelings and even egg shells. You can compost most everything in your kitchen, except meat. Check out the 10 tips for making a better compost.

3) Hang your clothes outside to dry. This reduces your electricity bill and helps reduce energy consumption.

4) Bring your own reusable bags when grocery shopping. Some grocery stores will reward you when doing this. Whole Foods-gives you $0.05 per bag, you can donate it or take the $0.05 off your bill. Target- gives you $0.05 off your bill. Trader Joe's- puts your name into a monthly drawing.

5) Switch out a few of your household chemicals with natural ones. Seventh Generation is my favorite dish soap. I haven't switched the laundry detergent yet, but excited to try the new natural 4x laundry detergent.

6) Take a 5 minute shower. I know this doesn't sound like a long time but it is plenty of time to get your body washed and hair too. Set your alarm clock or bring in that kitchen timer. Here are a few great water saving ideas from the EPA on what you can do.

Join me and recyclebank in the "green your home" challenge.

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