Monday, March 26, 2012

Every Day Is Earth Day: Week 17

"We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive. " 
-Albert Einstein 

Use a rain barrel.
Capture all that free soft water.
Put a rain barrel under a downspout or part of the roof where water streams down.
The goal is to reduce storm water than runs off your property and into the sewer system.
You save money on your utility bill, too.
Use rain water to water plants.

Make your own soft scrub.
Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with liquid Castille soap into a creamy paste.
Use a sponge to apply and clean; Rinse surface well.
Use on tile, caulk, countertops, sinks, and tubs.

Take the bus.
Driving a car produces about three times more pollution than public transportation, and it also wastes money.
The average two-worker household can save up to $6,251 by jumping on the bus or subway instead of driving a car, according to The Daily Green.

Repair your grill.
Before rushing out to buy a new model, scrub up your old one and replace parts (like igniters or grates),
or give it a new paint job.
Restoring a grill eliminates more manufacturing pollution, materials, and the fuels it takes to transport a new grill from overseas, or wherever it's made.

Grow your own food.
You can't get any more local than your own backyard.
Growing your own fruits and vegetables assures that they are organic, saves money, and you can share your bounty with neighbors and friends.

Mow grass regularly.
Removing no more than one-third of the blade length at a time minimizes stress on the grass.

*~ Have a Beautiful Day! ~*

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