Driving in separate cars, using too much water when
taking showers, and leaving the lights on in the house
are bad habits that cause pollution and waste earth’s
resources. Earth Day is dedicated to saving the planet
and has been celebrated every April 22nd since
1970. Here are some tips to help conserve energy
and keep our planet clean:

1. A faucet leaking just one drop per second
wastes over 1,300 gallons per year! A
leak from a hot water source wastes
both water and fossil fuel, creating more
greenhouse gasses. Most repairs to
plumbing fixture pay for themselves within
just a year. Fix it!

2. Every year, pulp mills release over one
trillion gallons of chlorine-tainted water
as part of the paper making process.
Using the other side of the paper can cut
that pollution almost in half! And choose
recycled paper especially processed
chlorine free recycled paper.

3. If people in the U.S. would occasionally
ride a bike for a short errand instead of
driving a car, over 70 million gallons of fuel
could be saved each year! And there’s the
added benefit of enjoying the fresh air and
exercise! For short errands, take a hike!

4. Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates
$31,250 worth of oxygen, provides
$62,000 worth of air pollution control,
recycles $37,500 worth of water, and
controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion. It
also provides shade that keeps homes and
cities cooler!

5. It’s more than just a slogan. You can start
making the world a ‘greener’ place today:
return hangers to the cleaners, donate
clothing and computers to charities, pack
lunches in reusable containers instead of
bags, there are hundreds of easy things to
do! It’s up to you!

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