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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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  • DianeGrace By DianeGrace
    04.11.12  

    I live in an apartment complex and we have been doing the recycling for just over a year now and I think it is wonderful. We have been saving the pull tabs of pop cans and for earth day this year we are all getting together and making bracelets out of them. I have seen belts made with them but I think this will be fun making the bracelets. We have all changed to the energy saving light bulbs and we all have new floors that are made for the green energy program and we all was them with vinegar and water. Every little bit helps the earth and we are doing our share here at our apartments.

  • arkies By arkies
    04.11.12  

    Use nice reusable grocery totes instead of the plastic grocery bags when purchasing groceries. When I do receive the plastic shopping bags, I reuse them as our trash bags in our trash cans. Recycle plastics, newspapers, metals, glass, cardboard, . . . at our city's recycling center. Unplug chargers . . . when not in use. Wash clothes in cold water, dry outside on nice days. My husband brings home paper that has only been printed on one side from the recycle box at work and we use it in our printer for everyday printing or drawing paper for the kids. And my biggie - I always make a list of all of my errands and try to do them in one day and efficiently! Saves so much gas - and time!

  • rossi84 By rossi84
    04.11.12  

    We use cloth diapers, buy baby clothes and toys from 2nd hand stores to reduce consumption, and grow our own vegetables in a garden out back, using rain water!

  • aeayala By aeayala
    04.11.12  

    I use baking soda and vinegar for a LOT in my house from everything to exfoliating my face to scrubbing my stove. You can descale a teapot or unclog a small clog in your sink. It just rocks.

  • Lionssara By Lionssara
    04.11.12  

    This year I am planting a garden to have fresh and organicly grown produce right in my backyard! Also, I work in the solar cell industry in order to make costs cheaper for more people to be able to afford it!

  • alex30 By alex30
    04.11.12  

    We try to do as much as we can. We don't buy bottled water, we have reusable bottles. Baking soda and vinegar to clean, I use reusable shopping bags, we even reuse our junk mail! The kids reuse it to make crafts and color on. Instead of turning on the ac in the summer, open the windows, wash clothes in cold water and hang dry when ever possible.

  • frakmomma04 By frakmomma04
    04.11.12  

    I have just switched to a low flow shower head and I have a faucet aerator in my kitchen and bathroom. I use reusable shopping bags when I go grocery shopping and I do all my shopping in one trip. I bring all the plastic bags to the grocery store for them to recycle! I love reducing, reusing, and recycling!

  • abechtold By abechtold
    04.11.12  

    I purchase green power through my utility company. It costs a bit more but I feel much better about it.

  • pixiechick By pixiechick
    04.11.12  

    My favorite tip is to use club soda to clean glass (windows, mirrors, table tops, etc.). It leaves them sparkling and is completely safe.

  • tamaraben By tamaraben
    04.11.12  

    We have changed our bathroon shower head with low flow ones, all of our light bubls are now LED bulbs, I have been washing my laundry in cold water for the past three years and we recycle any and everything we can.

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