10 sim­ple ways to help save the Earth

Sun.Star Pampanga - - MILLENNIALS! - BY ERIKA MARIEL B. GINES [email protected] .com

G721 kilo­grams per year. Com­bine your er­rands, hit the gro­cery store, and shoe re­pair place in one trip. It will save you gas and time.

3. Walk or ride your bike to work, school, and any­where you can. You can re­duce green­house gases while burn­ing some calo­ries and im­prov­ing your health. If you can't walk or bike, use mass tran­sit or car­pool. Ev­ery car not on the road makes a dif­fer­ence.

4.Re­cy­cle. You can help re­duce pol­lu­tion just by putting that soda can in a dif­fer­ent bin. If you're try­ing to choose be­tween two prod­ucts, pick the one with the least pack­ag­ing. If an of­fice build­ing of 7,000 work­ers re­cy­cled all of its of­fice pa­per waste for a year, it would be the equiv­a­lent of tak­ing al­most 400 cars off the road.

5.Com­post. Think about how much trash you make in a year. Re­duc­ing the amount of solid waste you pro­duce in a year means tak­ing up less space in land­fills, so your tax can work some­where else. Plus, com­post makes a great nat­u­ral fer­til­izer. Com­post­ing is eas­ier than you think.

6.Change your light bulbs. Com­pact flu­o­res­cent light bulbs last 10 times longer than a stan­dard bulb and use at least two-thirds less en­ergy. If you're shop­ping for new ap­pli­ances or even home elec­tron­ics, look for EN­ERGY-SAV­ING prod­ucts.

7. Make your home more en­ergy ef­fi­cient (and save money).

Clean your air fil­ters so your sys­tem doesn't have to work over­time. Get a pro­grammable ther­mo­stat so you aren't wast­ing en­ergy when you aren't home. When you go to bed, re­duce the ther­mo­stat set­ting -- you won't miss those ex­tra de­grees of heat or air con­di­tion­ing you're asleep.

8. Main­tain your car. Un­der­in­flated tires de­crease fuel econ­omy by up to 3 per­cent and lead to in­creased pol­lu­tion and higher green­house gas emis­sions. Un­der­in­fla­tion also in­creases tire wear, so it will save you money in the long run if you're good about check­ing your tire pres­sure.

9. Drive smarter, slow down. Driv­ing 60 miles (96 kilo­me­ters) per hour in­stead of 70 mph on the highway will save you up 4 miles (6 kilo­me­ters) per gal­lon. Ac­cel­er­at­ing and brak­ing too hard can ac­tu­ally re­duce your fuel econ­omy, so take it easy on the brakes and gas pedal.

10.Turn off lights when you're not in the room and unplug ap­pli­ances when you're not us­ing them. It only takes a sec­ond to be en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious.

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oing green is eas­ier than you think. There are lit­tle things you can do ev­ery day to help re­duce green­house gases and make a less harm­ful im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

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