Explaining Earth Day

It is important to explain to your kids what Earth Day represents, and what you do as a family; not just one day, but every day to help the environment.

Some examples include… Plant a tree in your yard. Recycle as much as you can. When not at home, keep lights off. Conserve water by not leaving water on when brushing teeth and limiting time in the shower.

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Enjoy the earth

Kids have to love the world to want to protect it. So take nature walks and look at the trees, flowers and sky. When you’re away on vacation, don’t forget to enjoy the local natural environment, not just the tourist sites.

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Kids can be green too

There are dozens of small things your kids can do every day to save energy and keep the world cleaner and greener. Your kids can… walk, ride a bike or take the bus instead of traveling by car. Take faster showers or baths in just a small amount of water.

Help hang clothes on the line instead of putting them in the dryer.

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Buy energy efficient appliances

Look for the Energy Star on appliances and consider the annual energy cost before buying. More efficient appliances cost more, but you make up the extra cost and then some over the life of the product.

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Save money on electricity

Lighting is responsible for about 11 percent of a home’s energy bills, and those continue to march up across most of the country, at a time when home prices are falling and job growth is soft.

It’s true that a compact fluorescent bulb uses about 75 percent less electricity than an incandescent, but the most energy-saving bulb of all is one that’s turned off.

From thedailygreen.com.