The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 mobilized millions of people and promoted both awareness and action towards preserving the Earth's natural environment. For Earth Day 2011 (this Friday, April 22nd), the Earth Day Network is celebrating with A Billion Acts of Green, where visitors can pledge to commit one act of "green," whether it be tree plantings, lightbulb changings, doing laundry with cold water, and much more.We know that working from home can not only save you money in terms of gas and mileage on your vehicle, but did you know that if the 40% of U.S. jobs that could be done from home actually were, those 50 million teleworkers could save 587 million barrels of oil, and reduce CO² by 101 million metric tons? If you are already green, in the spirit of Earth Day, we asked this to continue brainstorming ideas that could easily implement into their lives: What is one change (big or small) that YOU can make in your daily routine that can help out the environment and reduce your carbon footprint?
- Reduce the usage of air conditioning by making an organic roof garden. Water the plants every day, smell the fragrance of flowers, and watch small creatures flying around!
- When your laptop battery is full, just unplug the power source.
- Save paper by printing double-sided. Refill ink cartridges instead of buying new ones. Remove the hard drive from old computers then recycle it.
- Spend some of the time you would usually be commuting growing fresh herbs / veggies / fruit in your garden…and compost!"
- Use a hybrid electric source and a laptop with an earth friendly battery!
- Walk to your nearby stores.
- User recycled clothing and jeans
- Reduce your throw a ways
- Take grocery bags back to the store and reuse them
Here is a few more, if you are looking to go green:
- In your home or office, position your desk and seats to optimize for natural light. Not only will it save you from using electricty for lighting and heat, but many scientists believe that natural light offers many positive health benefits as well.
- Reduce your standby power usage. Many electronics, including TVs, computers, office equipment, video game consoles and home theater systems continue to use electricity when they appear off in standby mode. Utilizing a surge protector with an on/off switch can help you control standby power usage from multiple devices. Learn more about Standby Power at Wikipedia
- Optimize your PCs power settings. By setting up a power profile, you'll teach your PC how to conserve its own electricity. I tell my computer to turn off the displays after 2 minutes of idle activity and to sleep after 5 minutes. For more tips on configuring your computers power settings, check out these links: Windows Power Settings, Apple Mac OS X Energy Saver
- Recycle your old equipment. Computers and common office equipment oftentimes contains very hazardous chemicals, including mercury, lead, and PCBs and can significantly damage the earth's ecosystem. Be sure to recycle or dispose of your PCs, printers, monitors, batteries, and other equipment safely.
- A home office can potentially use a lot of paper, so be mindful of your printing habits. Buy paper made with 100 percent post-consumer waste, print only when needed, and of course, print on both sides when possible.
- Make sure you refill ink cartridges rather than buying new ones, or at the least, dispose of your printer cartridges at local stores that offer cartridge recyling services.
- Don't hesitate to invest in upgrading parts of your home in the name of energy efficiency. Your home is your workplace as well, and you may spend twice as much time there as a result.
If you like these tips please leave us a note and tell us more on how you are contributing to greener earth. We love to hear back from you.