Green Living

Published on April 22nd, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin

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Earth Day 2014!

Earth Day is on it’s way!! This year it will fall on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014.

Whether you’ve got the day off and you’re looking for an event to help celebrate, or you need something a little more low-key to observe Earth Day, we’ve got a list of both local events as well as small steps you can take in your life to help you become a little more eco-friendly.

Here’s a few events happening in and around the Denver metro area for Earth Day:

Lakewood Earth Day Celebration

Denver – Earth Day Electronics Recycling

Denver Earth Day Fair

Free Day at the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

 

If you happen to be short on time on April 22nd, try tossing one or more of these ten easy steps into your daily routine:

1. Unplug electronics that you don’t use everyday – and even some you do, like hair dryers. Even though they aren’t in use, electronics still use up energy if they’re plugged in.

2. All those reusable bags you’ve been collecting – spread them out! Keep some in your car. Give a few to your neighbors. Have some at work.

3. Make a pledge to cut down on (or quit altogether) buying bottles of water. Get a reusable bottle! Being seen with one is all the rage.

4. Teach a kid about reusing, reducing, and recycling. Lessons today will turn to action tomorrow! Lead by example and get kids in the habit of distinguishing what goes inside the regular trash bin versus what goes in the recycle bin.

5. Turn off the lights! So easy to do — try and make it a regular habit when you leave a room.

6. Be more conscious of your water usage. Do you turn off the water when brushing your teeth? Do you wash laundry or run the dishwasher only when you have a full load? Have you fixed that leaky faucet? Those little drops of water can add up to buckets a day!

7. If you have to use your car today, try and do everything at once, starting with your furthest destination, then making your way back home with stops along the way rather than coming and going several times.

8. Change the light bulbs in your house to Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs). You’ll not only save energy, but a little bit of money on your electric bill, too.

9. Eat vegetarian for the day with produce purchased from local organic farms – or better yet, grown in your own backyard.

10. Plant something! A tree, flowers, an herb garden – there are endless possibilities.

 

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