Money-Saving Tips for Earth Day and Every Day

This Earth Day, begin taking simple steps to line your pocket with a little more green. These resource-saving tips help give us a healthier environment, too:

Save Energy

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Reduce energy bills by 30 percent with Energy Star appliances and equipment. They can also help to cut electric lighting charges by 40 percent.
  • Reduce the cost of water heating by 6 to 10 percent by setting the water-heater temperature to 120F degrees.
  • Open blinds to let in sunlight rather than using electric lights.

Save Gas

  • Improve your car’s fuel economy by easing up on the brakes and gas pedal, avoiding hard accelerations and reducing excess weight by removing unnecessary items from the trunk.
  • Do not idle the car more than 30 seconds.
  • Shop locally.
  • Carpool with coworkers, go on group shopping trips with neighbors, use public transportation. Leaving your car at home for two days a week will reduce greenhouse emissions by about two tons annually.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Table

  • Skip meat one day a week. Producing fruit and vegetables requires fewer resources and produces less greenhouse gas emissions than raising the animals for food.
  • Bottled water costs thousands of times more than tap water—and doesn’t meet the EPA’s safety standards for tap water. Get a reusable water bottle (preferably stainless steel or glass) and use a pitcher with cups instead of ordering single-serving water bottles for business meetings.
  • When grocery shopping, choose food that is less processed and that requires less packaging.
  • Replace disposable serveware (forks/knives/spoons, dishes, cups) with “real” china and flatware.

Remember the Blue Bin

  • Recycle your home’s newspaper, catalogs/magazines, cardboard, glass and metal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 850 pounds per year.

Track your progress with this online calculator that North Shore-LIJ employees are using for our Carbon Footprint Challenge. The health system has lowered its carbon footprint by more than 8 percent since 2010.

Come back on Friday to see how to help keep hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals from getting into your water supply.

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