Carrots and HoeThe average American spends 90% of their time indoors – and kids are spending an average of 7.5 hours per day plugged into electronic media!  Earth Day is just around the corner and it’s a great day to unplug and spend time outside!

Ten Top Tips for Earth Day

1. Unplug and play outside!  Plan a family outing to a nearby nature area or take your kids to a local park.  The GET OUT site has tons of national and local outings to choose from!

2. Be bright about light – Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you leave any room for 15 minutes or more and utilize natural light when you can.

3. Only clean clothes that are dirty – Instead of throwing clothes in the hamper after one wear, wear it again!  Even some of the newest and most efficient washers use about 15 gallons of water per cycle, and the average family washes 400 load of laundry – that’s 6,000 gallons of water per household used only on washing clothes! 

4. Turn down your thermostats -This will help lower your energy usage and your bills.  This includes your heater and AC units, and your refrigerator.

5. Start using a water filter instead of buying bottled water and use a reusable coffee mug –  Eco-friendly and saves money because you don’t have to buy bottled water, and coffee shops usually give you a small discount when you bring your own mug.

6. Fight a midday slump and boost creativity with a walk outside.

7. Switch to reusable bags. Plastic is out and reusable is in. One of the easiest ways to help reduce plastic waste is to ditch plastic bags when shopping.

8. Reap the health benefits of getting outdoors: absorbing a natural dose of Vitamin D, which has been proven to reduce the risk of diabetes, immune deficiencies and weak bones.

9. Channel the good ol’ days before you had a driver’s license and go car-free for a day – bike, board, skate or walk!

10. Protect clean air. Educate yourself and pledge to take a stand against toxins caused by coal mining. Visit the Beyond Coal website and sign the petition, donate funds, or volunteer time to fight for clean air throughout the year.

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