This Friday, April 22, is Earth Day, a day intended to foster appreciation and awareness towards the environment. The Earth day movement began in 1970 as a way to bring attention to damage being caused to the environment and dwindling supplies of natural resources like water, petroleum, and animal and plant life. The goal was to encourage changes in the way ordinary people view the Earth, its natural resources, and the ways they are used and abused, and that remains the goal of the Earth Day movement today.
Here are few simple ways to be more environmentally friendly... Start using reusable bags for shopping trips instead of the disposable plastic bags that come from the stores. Use regular plates and cloth towels instead of their paper equivalents. Don't let the water run while you brush your teeth, and turn off the lights whenever you leave a room.
Whether you agree with the environmental movement or not, in most cases doing things that are good for the environment are good for your pocketbook as well. Figuring out ways to limit your use of electricity, natural gas, and water will have a positive impact on your household utility bills. You can significantly lower your electricity bills by generating some of your own electricity using a wind turbine. An e-Saver device can help you get more out of the electricity you already use, and use it more efficiently. You can fight pollution in your own home with a digital air purifier. A tankless water heater can reduce your gas bill by heating water as you use it instead of continuously keeping a large tank of water hot. You can also reduce your gas bill by using an infrared space heater or corn heater to stay warm instead of raising the thermostat.