97 Ideas for Earth Day

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1. Plant a garden.

2. Plant a tree.

3. Plant native plants.

4. Plant a meadow instead of a lawn.

5. Compost.

6. Mulch.

7. Water in the morning.

8. Use drip irrigation.

9. Use a water timer.

10. Use grey water.

11. Don’t use pesticides.

12. Use an electric mower.

13. Use a push mower.

14. Keep your car’s tires inflated.

15. Tune up your engine.

16. Clean out your car.

17. Drive less.

18. Drive the speed limit.

19. Carpool.

20. Take the subway.

21. Take the bus.

22. Ride a bike.

23. Walk.



More Earth Day tips for your home, your laundry, your kitchen and your computer -- after the jump.





24. Use a programmable thermostat.

25. Turn down the thermostat during the winter.

26. Turn off the heat when you’re not home.

27. Turn up the thermostat during the summer.

28. Turn off the air conditioning when you’re not home.

29. Use a ceiling fan.

30. Open a window.

31. Wrap your water heater in insulation.

32. Insulate your hot water pipes.

33. Set your water heater to 120 degrees.

34. Turn off your water heater during the day.

35. Maintain your furnace.

36. Caulk your windows and doors.

37. Install storm doors and windows.

38. Install a low-flow showerhead.

39. Get an energy audit.

40. Use compact fluorescent lights.

41. Better yet, use LED lights.

42. Turn off the lights.

43. Use natural light.

44. Live in a smaller home.

45. Use solar energy.

46. Use wind energy.

47. Use geothermal energy.

48. Go off the grid.

49. Wash your clothes in cold water.

50. Wash in full loads.

51. Choose concentrated laundry detergents.

52. Clean out the dryer’s lint trap.

53. Hang your clothes to dry.

54. Wear things more than once.

55. Keep your freezer full.

56. Run a full load in the dishwasher.

57. Don’t use the heat dry setting on your dishwasher.

58. Try reusable coffee filters.

59. Try a French press for coffee.

60. Reuse a mug at your favorite coffee shop.

61. Buy fair-trade.

62. Eat less meat.

63. Use a toaster oven instead of your oven.

64. Use a slowcooker.

65. Use your microwave.

66. Use a solar cooker.

67. Bring your own bags to the shops.

68. Read the label.

69. Look for the energy star.

70. Buy in season.

71. Buy a share in a CSA (community-supported agriculture).

72. Don’t buy bottled water.

73. Buy a good water bottle.

74. Buy vintage.

75. Buy antique.

76. Shop online

77. Don’t get catalogs you don’t use.

78. Buy used.

79. Buy local.

80. Buy sustainable.

81. Buy in bulk.

82. Buy the item with less packaging.

83. Buy less.

84. Recycle.

85. Reuse.

86. Borrow.

87. Share.

88. Unplug appliances when they’re not in use.

89. Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer.

90. Use an LCD monitor.

91. Set up your computer to turn off the monitor after 20 minutes of non-use.

92. Skip the screensaver.

93. Turn off your computer if you’re going to be away for two hours or more.

94. Turn off your computer at night.

95. Don’t print your emails.

96. Don’t print this out.

97. Turn off your computer and go outside.

1. Plant a garden

2. Plant a tree

3. Plant native plants

4. Plant a meadow instead of a lawn

5. Compost

6. Mulch

7. Water in the morning

8. Use drip irrigation

9. Use a water timer

10. Use grey water

11. Don’t use pesticides

12. Use an electric mower

13. Use a push mower

14. Keep your car’s tires inflated

15. Tune up your engine

16. Clean out your car

17. Drive less

18. Drive the speed limit

19. Carpool

20. Take the subway

21. Take the bus

22. Ride a bike

23. Walk

24. Use a programmable thermostat

25. Turn down the thermostat during the winter

26. Turn off the heat when you’re not home

27. Turn up the thermostat during the summer

28. Turn off the air conditioning when you’re not home

29. Use a ceiling fan

30. Open a window

31. Wrap your water heater in insulation

32. Insulate your hot water pipes

33. Set your water heater to 120 degrees

34. Turn off your water heater during the day

35. Maintain your furnace

36. Caulk your windows and doors

37. Install storm doors and windows

38. Install a low-flow showerhead

39. Get an energy audit

40. Use compact fluorescent lights

41. Better yet, use LED lights

42. Turn off the lights

43. Use natural light

44. Live in a smaller home

45. Use solar energy

46. Use wind energy

47. Use geothermal energy

48. Go off the grid

49. Wash your clothes in cold water

50. Wash in full loads

51. Choose concentrated laundry detergents

52. Clean out the dryer’s lint trap

53. Hang your clothes to dry

54. Wear things more than once

55. Keep your freezer full

56. Run a full load in the dishwasher

57. Don’t use the heat dry setting on your dishwasher

58. Try reusable coffee filters

59. Try a French press for coffee

60. Reuse a mug at your favorite coffee shop

61. Buy fair-trade

62. Eat less meat

63. Use a toaster oven instead of your oven

64. Use a slowcooker

65. Use your microwave

66. Use a solar cooker

67. Bring your own bags to the shops

68. Read the label

69. Look for the energy star

70. Buy in season

71. Buy a share in a CSA (community-supported agriculture)

72. Don’t buy bottled water

73. Buy a good water bottle

74. Buy vintage

75. Buy antique

76. Shop online

77. Don’t get catalogs you don’t use

78. Buy used

79. Buy local

80. Buy sustainable

81. Buy in bulk

82. Buy the item with less packaging

83. Buy less

84. Recycle

85. Reuse

86. Borrow

87. Share

88. Unplug appliances when they’re not in use

89. Use a laptop instead of a desktop computer

90. Use an LCD monitor

91. Set up your computer to turn off the monitor after 20 minutes of non-use

92. Skip the screensaver

93. Turn off your computer if you’re going to be away for two hours or more

94. Turn off your computer at night

95. Don’t print your emails

96. Don’t print this out

97. Turn off your computer and go outside.

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Sarah Zielinski

Sarah Zielinski is an award-winning science writer and editor. She is a contributing writer in science for Smithsonian.com and blogs at Wild Things, which appears on Science News.

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