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What You Can Do to Save Your Planet March 15, 2009

Posted by Ann Bertorelli in Uncategorized.
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If you are like me, you are concerned about the state of our environment and would like to do your part to improve it. However, when I start reading about what I should be doing, it’s easy to get overwhelmed because many of the measures that are suggested seem challenging to incorporate into my daily lifestyle. Maintaining a compost pile and re-cycling every single piece of trash I generate while commendable is not possible for me right now. I came across a list a couple of years ago that includes a lot of suggestions that are quite reasonable. I am including ten of these suggestions in this blog post with more to follow in later posts.

This is a time of change for Americans. Our economy demands it. As long as we’re changing our spending habits, why not change our consumption habits in ways that will benefit the earth? Let’s leave our children and grandchildren a legacy that’s something to be proud of….


  1. Recycle
  2. Bring your own bags to the grocery store.
  3. Go for bamboo (for flooring, cutting boards, towels, sheets,etc.)
  4. Turn off the lights when you leave the room.
  5. Buy energy-efficient appliances (look for the Energy Star Label)
  6. Don’t let the sink faucet run when you wash dishes and brush your teeth.
  7. Leave only footprints when you travel.
  8. Unplug your electronics (DVD player, TV, cell phone charger) when you’re not using them. You will save $40 per year if you unplug your cell phone charger!
  9. Cover pots on the stove to avoid losing excess heat—and wasting energy.
  10. Line dry your clothes when possible. (I use a rack in the basement during the winter months.)



1. Matt Dernoga - March 15, 2009

Nice post! Another one is with having a programmable thermostat. Also, you can reduce your air conditioning usage over the summer by making sure your windows are covered by blinds or curtains to keep the sunlight out. It makes the places by the window a full 20-30 degrees cooler.


edgyangel - March 17, 2009

Thanks, Matt. I also appreciate your tip. I have the programmable thermostat…now for some heavier drapes.

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