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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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  • MyLittlePrincessK By MyLittlePrincessK

    Lights out, everything that can be turned off is off before we the leave the house in the morning. Programmable thermostats and energy saver appliances really do make a big difference!!!

  • Lolamonkey By Lolamonkey

    I use Goodbye Detergent kitchen cleaners - they're made of recycled materials and require little to no cleaner to get your dishes, counters, whatever...I LOVE them - you just get the scrubs a little wet and clean up. Because they don't soak up your cleaner, they use less and you aren't washing and washing to get the cleaner out of the sponge.

  • kkenty By kkenty

    I have joined the Telework movement at work!! Teleworking save time, money, and reduces the carbon footprint!! Every little bit helps!

  • mizzsonya22 By mizzsonya22

    i save water by brushing my teeth while showering...i wash all clothes in cold water....i reuse plastic grocery bags as garbage can liners and paper bags too....

  • nicoler22 By nicoler22

    I always turn off the water when brushing my teeth and I use the reusable grocery bags for just about everything. This is one of my favorites though: When I receive a box in the mail, I keep the packing paper so that the next time I am painting or doing a messy craft, I can lay the paper out and protect my craft table. I will reuse the paper until it falls apart. Another good one is collecting the rain water in a large covered container to water the garden.

  • simbalala By simbalala

    I use reusable bags for shopping, use empty containers to grow plants and always turn off the lights when not in room. Also I use the energy saving bulbs. Do not keep the water running while brushing your teeth. I have appliance that are energy efficent.

  • EmilyNJ By EmilyNJ

    My husband thinks I am crazy, and yes, this may be true. I reuse paper towels. If I have only used them to dry a small spot or my hands, I dry it on the faucet or the toaster to repurpose it. The whole family knows to do this, they weren't easily trained, though. It took some time but they got it. I also recycle as much as I can. Even junk mail gets put in the cardboard pile. I have yet to get a composter for my backyard, unfortunately, I really don't have the room for it, but I will do my best to make space for one.

  • JettLynn By JettLynn

    My parents taught me to use Water,Vinegar and a little bit of rubbing alcohol to clean windows.Especially car windows.Car windows get very dirty very quick and it is a good combination to clean without all the chemicals found in most cleaners.

  • groundedmommom By groundedmommom

    We recycle everything here.. I save leftover vegetables, freeze them and meat as well for soups and stews.. Leftover bread makes for great stuffing and croutons..We save the cardboard egg cartons so my small granchildren and I can plant vegetable seeds empty drywall bucket for rain to use in between. We also belong to an organizatoin called Freecycle.. Someone somewhere may be able to use your recycables..try it see if you have one in your community

  • Blondtxen By Blondtxen

    I take a 5 minute shower and I only run a full load of clothes and dishes to save water.

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