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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 earthday.org 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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  • scibirg By scibirg
    04.11.12  

    Very few of us get so dirty that we need a shower every day. If you cut the showering to every second day you'd save a TON of clean water and other resources needed in connection with this. AND reduce your water bill.

  • noritaarf By noritaarf
    04.11.12  

    I only wash in cold water and hang my laundry out to dry

  • adh123 By adh123
    04.11.12  

    we recycle everything, compost, & donate to friends & goodwill. we also unplug everything when it is not in use

  • smooney1202 By smooney1202
    04.11.12  

    A vinegar and water solution is a great and green cleaning option for most types of floors. Combo 1c vinegar and 1G of warm water and get to cleanin'. :)

  • Mia2002 By Mia2002
    04.11.12  

    My friends and I share kids clothes when ever we can. I make old clothes, that aren't share able into rags, or use to make blankets or whatever I can think of using them for. The more I can think of to use old clothes that have holes or spots on them, the less I have to throw out. We also try to reuse jars for craft projects & storage. I have also started to make my own cleaners. Pinterest has a lot of great recipes on there for making your own cleaners, for dishes, normal house hold cleaning and laundry. There are even great ways to kill weeds with natural products. I also use left over coffee to water my plants. My plants have never looked better.

  • laroyal06 By laroyal06
    04.11.12  

    I use reusable shopping bags, unplug electronics when not used, and refill an eco-friendly water bottle instead of buying bottled water.

  • klafave By klafave
    04.11.12  

    I love to garden and do not like pesticides or store bought fertilizer. As a deterent to pests like rabbits or squirrels i take old CD's and hang them on a string then place them on a post in my garden. something about the light hitting them keeps the critters away. I also line the edges of my garden with cayenne pepper. For fertilizer I use household trash such as coffee grounds and egg shells. I have started using organic cleaners in my home as well as shampoos, soap detergent etc. We use a surge protector strip on almost every electrical item we have so we simply unplug these to save energy. we have put time limits on showers and we got rid of our pool that was a constant source of water filling. We are currently looking for a new home and when we find one, we want to use solar panels on the roof. On days that it is not so hot, we turn of the air conditioning and open windows to conserve energy.

  • coronadodee By coronadodee
    04.11.12  

    I have washed clothes in cold water only for years, before Earth Friendly ideas took over. We switched all our light bulbs to LED's, and we have noticed a small difference on our electricity bill already! We also use cloth bags for shopping, and plan out our shopping to one trip per week to save gas. We are 15 miles from the nearest store, so that can really add up!

  • melinda74 By melinda74
    04.11.12  

    I use a reuseable cup. We put banana peels under our roses bushes.

  • kyser22477 By kyser22477
    04.11.12  

    We try to be "green" whenever we can...turning off the faucet when brushing, using green products, turning lights off when not using them and using energy efficient light bulbs.

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