5 ways to celebrate Earth Day every day

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Here are five ways to celebrate Earth Day every day

1. Know how to recycle. The first step to recycling is to know what can and can’t be recycled.  You can also recycle your old electronics, motor oil and other household waste — you can even recycle old wine corks.

2.  Buy local foods. Eating locally grown foods may mean forgoing fresh strawberries in December if you live in New England. It helps support the local economy and reduces the miles your food travels from farm to plate.

3. Conserve home energy. Unplug appliances when not in use and remember to turn off the lights when you leave a room. Additionally, we could prevent carbon emissions equivalent to more than 800,000 cars if every American home replaced one incandescent lightbulb with a compact fluorescent (CFL) bulb. (source:ENERGY STAR)

4. Conserve water. There are simple ways to conserve water around your home, indoors and out. It’s not about making drastic changes in your daily routine but many small changes that add up to a lot of gallons. Choose a short shower over a bath and you’ll save nearly 60 gallons (227 liters) of water. Run only full loads in your dishwasher and washing machine. Also, don’t put off making little repairs around the house, such as fixing a leaky faucet or toilet. That leaky toilet could be wasting about 200 gallons (757 liters) of water per day. (source:EPA)

5. Use alternative transportation. Can you remember the last time you left your car at home and walked or rode a bike, especially when your destination is only a short distance away? Walking, bicycling, public transportation, carpooling and ride sharing are all ways to use a more eco-friendly form of   transportation every day.

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