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Tips to Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Tips to Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

April 22nd is Earth Day! The day marks the anniversary of what many consider to be the birth of the modern day environmental movement in 1970. Earth Day was founded by Gaylord Nelson, who came up with the idea after he witnessed the ravages of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Check out for more information on the history of Earth Day as well as information on how to become involved with Earth Day events in your area.

To help prepare for Earth Day, we're sharing some great environmentally friendly tips that will help you save the environment, and money, in the process.
To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, simply post a comment below sharing your tips on how to cut down on your carbon footprint!  Have you influenced your friends and family to make environmentally responsible choices? We'd love to hear about that too!
Using the Thermostat Less Saves Energy: Resist the temptation to turn up the thermostat when the weather is chilly. Instead, put on a sweater or wrap yourself in a blanket and keep the thermostat at the energy-efficient temperature of 68 degrees F. Likewise, use a fan instead of air conditioning when the weather is hot. A fan uses less energy, produces no fluorocarbons, and even requires less energy to manufacture.
LED bulbsChange Your Light Bulbs to Save Money and Light Your Home: Switching out your old light bulbs and replacing them with eco-friendly ones can save you a ton of money. LED bulbs shine for about 60,000 hours and Compact Fluorescent bulbs for about 10,000 hours. Compare that to your traditional incandescent bulb, which only lasts 1,500 hours.
Unplug Your Electronics at Night: Though you may not realize it, electronics like TVs, DVD players, and computers use energy even when turned off. Unplug them when you sleep to reduce your energy use and your monthly bill. Another tip: your phone only takes about two hours to completely recharge, so don’t leave it plugged in and charging overnight.
save waterSave as Much Water as You Can: The number one source of wasted water is keeping the faucet running while you’re brushing your teeth. Did you know that the average bathroom faucet runs at 2 gallons of water per minute? Turn off the water when brushing to save in the easiest way possible. Another tip: if you’re waiting for the water to heat up when running a bath or shower, put a bucket underneath to catch the water and use it to water plants around the house or for cleaning.
Wash Your Clothes in Cold Water: Did you know that when doing laundry, heating water could account for up to 80% of the energy used per wash load in the U.S.? You can Take A Load Off the energy grid, your wallet, and the environment by making the simple change of washing your clothes in cold water. You can make the promise to switch to washing in cold water on P&G's Future Friendly Facebook page and you'll be entered to win a High Efficiency Washer and Dryer and a one-year supply of Tide Coldwater! Enter once per day to increase your chances of winning. A new winner will be picked each week through May 13th. It’s all part of P&G’s effort to convert 70% of all wash loads worldwide to cold by 2020.
Learn more about saving energy and helping the environment at our Tide Coldwater #takealoadoff Twitter Party taking place on April 12th at 9PM ET. If you haven’t already, RSVP to be eligible to win the door prize.
Now we’d like to hear from you! What are your eco-friendly tips and tricks? Do you plan on doing something special to celebrate Earth Day this year? To be entered to win one of our giveaway prizes this week, simply POST A COMMENT BELOW sharing your tips on how to cut down on your carbon footprint! Comments must be submitted by 6pm EST on April 16th, 2012. Good luck!

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  • basilandcatnip By basilandcatnip

    I also use the library, ours has a great newspaper and magazine selection. Earth Day and several other green events are HUGE where I live. The city even puts on a very very large event to teach green, promote local green businesses and through out the year puts on free classes to teach composting, etc. The local mall even provides space for a farmers market 3 months each spring/early summer.

  • mallikarjuna By mallikarjuna

    nice blog

  • catnip1222 By catnip1222

    We keep a clearly labeled recycle bin beside our trash can so everyone can help in our recycling efforts. We reuse and recycle paper, and we turn off lights and unplug appliances/electronics not in use.

  • carriethehokie By carriethehokie

    I always use cloth shopping bags -- but not just at the grocery store. Take them to target (you get a 5 cent credit) and department stores as well. Just make sure to keep one set for groceries and another perfectly clean set for items such as new clothes or shoes!

  • Jamaica11434 By Jamaica11434

    At work rather than throwing away paper I use it for notes and scrap. My boss hates it but I am saving him money and helping the environment.

  • nico2317 By nico2317

    I wash my clothes in cold water and keep the lights off during the day

  • SpeakingForYou By SpeakingForYou

    I recycle newspapers, plastics, aluminum cans and plastic shopping bags. It really bothers me to put that stuff in the trash instead of recycling it. My trash bag doesn't fill up near as fast, so I guess I'm saving money on trash bags, too!

  • sadevan By sadevan

    Find a peace. love. swap. event in your area. Maternity, baby, kid, and teen clothing and gear can be swapped.

  • tara523 By tara523

    I am trying to go paperless... or as paperless as possible... We only use reusable bags for shopping (all stores - not just grocery stores), have eliminated paper napkins and paper towels. I write my to-do lists on my phone instead of on paper (this is also a time save since I always have my phone with me and can update the list on the go as things come up).

  • estrellabella By estrellabella

    I use old washcloths and t-shirts that I cut up as wash rags and that reduces my paper towel use by a lot. I also use cloth napkins instead of paper ones. I turn my car off and open the windows whenever I am idling for a little while. I also used vinegar, lemon and baking soda to clean most of my house and avoid chemical cleaners as much as possible. I also empty used oil/grease into baggies because I learned that the oil pollutes the water system if washed down the drain.

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