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Earth Day Tips: Seven Ways to Save Energy, Planet, and Money

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Since the Earth day is approaching, perhaps it is a good time to stop for a while and think about our environment that we take for granted. It is hard to be constantly aware and astounded of the incredible fact that we float in circles on a giant round rock that teems with life, so let us take time now to appreciate it properly, to join the efforts to make every day an Earth day. The Earth is the only home we have, abundant and big enough for us and billions of other species. Or is it? Humankind has endangered the nature itself and the mere survival of many life forms. It is time for a shift in the perspective and to gain awareness of one’s doing. Find out how you can contribute to making a world a better place and be merry for you’ll get to save money down the road.

Walk your way

Walk more and drive less, simple as that. Sometimes, people drive for a ridiculously short distance only to get something. Whether being lazy or unaware of the benefits of a simple walk, it is time to park your car for the most of the time and move around on foot or a bike. Did you know that in some countries there are bicycles that can produce electricity by pedaling? Get one and generate enough power for a day by cycling for an hour. Use public transport or carpool, since it will lead to the fewer cars on the jammed roads, as well as to less air pollution. Not only your body will benefit from a sudden physical activity, but you will be able to save more money.

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Time for a high purpose diet

Sounds silly, but yes, buying less meat means you will contribute less to contamination caused by factory farming companies. Factory farming involves pollution of water and air as well as heavy use of antibiotics that end up in the environment as well as in the food chain. In addition to that, you will save money and balance your diet with nutritious and healthier ingredients. Have a meatless day at least once a week and enjoy this win-win sacrifice.

Lower your energy bills

Heard it thousand times, but still, turn the lights off when leaving the room. Use as much daylight as possible and wherever possible, switch the bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Make your home energy efficient and replace old appliances with new energy saving options. Beware of vampire electronics, the one that lights and blinks when not used and unplugged them.

Recycle like a pro

Millions of people are recycling, which is lovely. However, recycling technology has significantly improved, while the simple process of recycling has become somewhat confusing. Recycling is throwing away with a knowledge of what is recycling material and what goes where. For example, often recycling mistakes are about pizza boxes, paper coffee cups, and Styrofoam. Also, outdated technology has different recycle options than other items. When in doubt, consult professional rubbish removalist and ask him for advice.

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Frugality is a virtue

Be aware of your spending and try to buy less. Make the best of what you already have by breathing new life in old stuff. Repurpose old furniture and old clothes. Organize trading parties and exchange your goods with other people, like in the good old times. Buy used stuff, borrow and share. Stop wasting money and stop wasting food. Make a meal plan for a week and freeze and reheat leftovers. Buy smart, stick to the shopping list and avoid going to the grocery shop hungry.

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Grow your food and improve your life in many ways. Start small by choosing two or three vegetables that are easy to grow and cut down food expenses. Also, by growing your food, you will participate in reducing demand for fresh veggies and fruit on the market and cut down on shipping and energy needed for food transport from who knows where. And last but not least, you will be sure that there is a healthy organic food on your table.

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Nature is shy but enjoys attention

Let nature introduces herself by being willing to explore your surrounding. Go out in nature as much as possible and observe the life in its purest form. Take your kids out with you and tell them everything you know about the birds, trees or flowers. Get to know the world around you, because the more you know, the more you will appreciate neglected miracles that happen every day. Be curious like a child, for we are all ungrateful children of hers. On the other hand, you can introduce greenery to your home and make a perfect green outdoor living space where you can enjoy with your family.

Final words

Earth day is a nothing but a day that will, hopefully, remind us of our responsibilities. Try to act every given day as if it is Earth day, simply because it is. Do something that will make this a better place for those who are yet to come.

These are just a few guidelines that can help you to act responsibly and environmentally friendly. If you have more good ideas, please feel free to share.

ninaNina is a blogger, yoga aficionado and a travel enthusiast with a distinctive taste for home decor. She's passionate about learning new things and sharing meaningful ideas. If you wanna see what she's up to you can find her on twitter!

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