Earth Day: 6 ways to green up your lifestyle

In preparation for Earth Day, the Environmental Protection Agency has compiled a list of ways to start saving energy not just on April 22, but every day.

Run appliances when they’re full: Look for water-efficient dishwasher models, which use only about 4 gallons per wash, and shop for a high-efficiency washer, which uses less than 28 gallons of water per load. While it may seem that the Earth is abundant with water, the EPA says only one percent of all water on the planet is available to humans.

Remember to eCycle: Don’t throw old computers or electronic products out in the trash. Take them to a electronic recycling center, to help avoid air, water and land pollution. Find the nearest center here.

Take a shorter shower: A five-minute shower uses 10 to 25 gallons, versus a full bathtub which requires about 70 gallons of water. Use a timer or clock and install a water-efficient shower head to save money, while protecting the planet.

Scoop the poop: Clean up after your pet. Help reduce polluted stormwater runoff and decrease public health risk by picking up pet poop.

Unplug and reuse: Go green while on vacation by unplugging electronics before leaving for vacation, and turning down the thermostat. While enjoying a hotel stay, use towels and sheets more than one or two nights.

Save scraps: Compost food scraps and kitchen waste. Leave grass clippings on the lawn, as the cut grass will decompose.

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