10 Simple Actions to Help the Planet for Earth Day Video

Here are 10 simple actions you can take to help our planet. While these are good for any day, Earth Day is a good excuse for getting started.
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Earth Day - 10 Simple Actions to Help the Planet - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats. Here are 10 simple actions you can take to help our planet. While these are good for any day, Earth Day is a good excuse for getting started. Number 10 - Sign up to have your name removed from junk mailings. There are online services that will contact marketers on your behalf to stop junk mail. According to a Harvard University statistic, we spend 8 months of our lives opening junk mail - which means other than saving paper, you are also saving lot of time! Number 9 - Do a quick scan throughout your house and unplug appliances that have not been used in the past few days. You might even surprise yourself and find something that you haven't used in ages like an antiquated answering machine. Number 8 - Taking a luxurious, long shower is nice but for your everyday use, you can save a lot of water by setting up a shower timer which is easily installed on shower heads. Number 7 - According to Energy Star, about 90% of the energy consumed by a washer is for heating water so try using cold water for laundry unless the clothes have oily stains. Number 6 - Yes, those gas powered lawn mowers are convenient, but why not use the manual ones? They will cause less pollution and you will burn some calories in the process. Number 5 - Tired of high gas prices? Next time, turn on the cruise control while driving on a flat highway. According to Edmunds.com, you car will be 7-14% more efficient. Number 4 - If you want to save water, avoid washing the car yourself. Professional car washing services tend to better optimize the use of water. Number 3 - Love having plants in your house, but don't have a yard? How about growing them in jars and pots? Number 2 - Collect rainwater during heavy rains and use that to water plants in your home. Number 1 - This is a clear win-win. Ask your boss if you can telecommute - it will save on gas consumption and research has shown you'll be more productive while working remotely.

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