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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY 2011

April 22nd marks the birthday of the modern environmental movement founded in 1970, or as we call it, Earth Day.

The first earth day achieved a rare political alignment. It joined Democrats and Republicans, rich and poor, urbanites and farmers. This movement led to the creation of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Acts.

From a grass roots campaign in 1970, Earth Day now includes approximately 5,000 environmental groups, 184 countries and millions of people.

So on April 22nd, stop and think about building a clean, healthy world for generations to come: turn off those extra lights, take a shorter shower, don’t let the faucet run while brushing your teeth, and turn down your heat thermostat . It’s the little things you can do as an individual that will make a better future for everyone.

Here’s more about how to get involved http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2011.

TAKE ACTION & GO GREEN!

A few simple ideas:

  1. ADJUST YOUR THERMOSTAT: lower your thermostat two degrees in the winter and raise it two degrees in the summer. Save 2000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $98 per year. ().
  2. PUT ON A SWEATER: instead of cranking up the heat in your home, put on a sweater or sweatshirt. Save 1,000 lbs. or carbon dioxide and $250 per year.
  3. CHANGE THE AC FILTER: clean or replace air conditioner filters as recommended. Save 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $150 per year.
  4. CHECK YOUR WATER HEATER: keep your water heater thermostat no higher than 120 degrees. Save 550 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $30 per year.
  5. TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS: showers account for 2/3 of all water heating costs. Save 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $99 per year.
  6. FILL THE DISHWASHER: run your dishwasher only with a full load. Save 100 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $40 per year.
  7. AIR DRY YOUR CLOTHES: line dry your clothes in the Spring and Summer instead of using the dryer. Save 700 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $75 per year.
  8. WEATHERIZE YOUR HOME: Caulk and weather-strip your doorways and windows. Save 1,700 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $274 per year.
  9. USE COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULBS: replace 3 frequently used light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. Save 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $60 per year.
  10. UNPLUG UN-USED ELECTRONICS: even when electronic devices are turned off, they use energy. Save over 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $256 per year.

ENVIRONMENTAL SAVINGS: 8,050 lbs. carbon dioxide

FINANCIAL SAVINGS: $1,332

Do you ever think about what kind of carbon footprint you’re making, as an individual or as a family? Take this brief quiz and find out how you are truly affecting the environment http://myfootprint.org/en/. It’s a true realty test. When you see the results, you’ll definitely want to work harder to cut back.

SO GO FORTH AND BE GREEN!

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