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Use a Programmable Thermostat to Save on Central Air Conditioning
With the air conditioner, a programmable thermostat can save money in summer as well as winter. Set the thermostat at 78 degrees to save energy and money on air conditioning bills.
Pick VeriFlora or Organic Flowers
Organic and VeriFlora flowers are good choices for sustainable flowers.
Rent or Borrow Textbooks to Save Paper
College students can now adopt eco-friendly school habits by reusing, borrowing, recycling and renting textbooks.
Cut Paper Waste with Electronic Subscriptions
Reduce your paper waste and go greeb by investing in an electronic reader and getting electronic subscriptions.
Take Part in Earth Day Today!
Earth Day events are being held around the country, including by Earth Day New York in Manhattan, so take part and volunteer, get educated or join a rally.
The Easiest Way to Support the International Year of Forests
Support the International Year of Forests by texting "TREE" to 85944 this Earth Day, and you'll not only plant real trees but a virtual forest in Times Square.
Picnic for the Planet
On Earth Day 2011, support the efforts of The Nature Conservancy and celebrate the earth by taking part in Picnic for the Planet.
Get Rid of Clutter, or Get Stuff You Need for Free
Freecycling is a movement that diverts waste from landfills and curbs consumption. Joining the ever-growing network of people who safely swap unused and unwanted stuff online (for free!). To freecycle is recycling and reuse.
Choose Safe, Sustainable Fish
Use Environmental Defense Fund's Seafood Selector to choose safe and sustainable fish for your diet.
The $100 Laundry Trick
Save energy and water by only doing laundry when you have full loads, using cold water, taking advantage of energy-saving settings and using an energy-efficient Energy Star washing machine.
Download Your Software
Download software, it's better for the environment. It's faster, easier and saves on materials as well as shipping and transportation.
Choose a More Natural Shower Curtain
PVC vinyl shower curtains can off-gas phthalates and other VOCs that may be unhealthy. Get a green natural fabric curtain instead for better indoor air quality. Try organic cotton or bamboo.
Eating Out? Order Tap Water (and "Pay" for It)
During the UNICEF Tap Project week, or any time, order tap water at restaurants to avoid the waste of bottled water, sparkling or still.
Spend the Day with Bill Clinton (It's for a Good Cause)
Charitybuzz Bid to Save the Earth auction offers the opportunity to buy incredible experiences and items, all to benefit environmental organizations. You can also text "gogreen" to 20222 to donate $10 to the cause.
Foster an Elephant
You can foster an elephant to help counteract the effects of poaching on this iconic African wildlife species.
Have a Laugh for the Planet
Take a moment to laugh about environmental topics with these funny green jokes.
Reuse Sandwich Bags
By now you've probably heard how important it is to reduce the number of plastic bags that we all take home from stores, but it's also a good idea to keep gently used sandwich bags in service.
Celebrate a Greener Valentine's Day
Celebrate a greener Valentine's Day with loved ones with organic chocolates and organic wine, biodynamic wine, fair trade flowers, organic flowers, e-cards, eco-friendly jewelry and more. Reduce consumption and waste, as well as pesticides.
Cozy Up with Organic Sheets
Sleep easier with natural bedding made from 100% organic cotton.
Control Your Contrails: Avoid Night Flights
Help reduce environmental issues in aviation.
BYOB: Bring Your Own Bags
BYOB means Bring Your Own Bag: reusable bags help reduce the waste of paper or plastic at the store.
Put Litter in Its Place
Pick up litter to make a cleaner environment.
Cook Like Grandma
Be thrifty in the kitchen, and cook just like grandma.
Trade Your Stuff!
Swaptree is a website that allows you to exchange books, music, movies and games with other users online.
Skip Styrofoam Cups...for Your Health
You might have heard that polystyrene (Styrofoam) was bad for the environment, but did you also know that it can leach toxic chemicals into food or drink? Choose better alternatives instead.
Pick Up Biodegradable Doggie Bags
Use biodegradable pet waste bags that will actually break down in the environment. New biodegradable plastics are becoming available.
Refurb Your Way to Stylish Decor
Instead of tossing out old and worn furniture, reupholster it to bring new life, and cut down on waste and further resource use.
Detox Your Kid's Room with Low VOC Paint
Look for low VOC paints for better indoor air quality. Start with bedrooms, which are the most important place to limit off gassing.
The Laundry Freshener...in Your Liquor Cabinet
Spritz clothes with vodka to freshen them up, and reduce the amount of laundry you have to do.
Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. by Pitching in on This Year's National Day of Service
Many Americans have Martin Luther King Day off from school or work, making a great time to volunteer as part of National Service Day.
Save Hundreds of Dollars a Year on Laundry
Save money, fuel and chemicals by steaming clean your clothes at home. Steam cleaning is greener than taking your clothes to the dry cleaners.
Pass on Chilean Sea Bass
It's critically overfished and possibly on the road to extinction. Enjoy alternatives.
Save Money Each Time You Shower
Water conservation is easy with a low-flow showerhead. You'll save water, and still maintain good shower pressure. Water is a precious resource, and much of the world is in drought.
Get a Better Fridge
Save money on energy bills and reduce emissions with an energy star refrigerator. They are now widely available and cost competitive.
Offset Your Carbs
Okay, so you've figured out how to Calculate Your Carbon Footprint. And once you've reduced it as much as possible, you can ease your conscience by purchasing CO2 offsets.
Last-Minute Gifts That Give Back
Need a green stocking stuffer or present for someone who's hard to shop for? Why not give a green gift membership, donation or sponsorship of manatees or other wildlife?
Take a Great Green Vacation!
Planning a vacation or holiday? Ecotourism makes it easy for going green. Opt not to have your hotel linens and towels laundered daily and take public transit.
Take a Power Shower
Concerned about saving water? Start your day with a power shower.
Buy Organic Milk
Choose organic milk and milk with no artificial hormones or antibiotics. FDA approved recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), aka bovine somatotropin (rbST), can lead to cow infections and antibiotics.
Dad Was Right About Those Lights
It seems so simple, but turning off lights when you leave the room can save a lot of energy.
The Greenest Way to Send Your Kids to School
The school bus is more efficient and less polluting than driving your children to school. It also is the safest way for kids to travel.
Switch to a Corded Phone
Switch from a cordless telephone to a corded telephone. You'll save energy, and be ready for emergencies. That's smart energy efficiency.
Compute Greener with a Laptop
When it's time to upgrade to a new computer, think laptop. Laptops use less energy than desktops. That's easy energy conservation.
Save Energy with a Manual Can Opener
Old-fashioned can openers save energy and money, and newer models are ergonomic and easy to use.
Walk Up Instead of Drive Thru
When you are picking up food, going to the bank or even filling a prescription, park your vehicle and walk inside instead of using the drive through (drive thru). It will cut down on unnecessary fuel use as well as carbon emissions.
Iron Less, but Stay Wrinkle Free
Follow a few simple steps to cut down on your ironing time, while still keeping clothes and other fabrics looking their best. Typical portable irons draw a whopping 1,000 to 1,800 watts, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Walk Around Town
Walking is great exercise, and it reduces our carbon footprint. New Urbanism makes it easier, but anyone can decide to walk if you only have to go a short distance.
Discover the Benefits of Beautiful Bamboo
This fast-growing grass makes a beautiful, eco-alternative material for many things you use every day.
Save Money with Low E Window Film
Install low-E film to your windows, and reap the benefits of energy efficiency and energy conservation. You'll save energy and have lower heating and cooling bills. The film is reversible.
Zap Harmful Air Pollutants, Naturally
A number of common houseplants have been shown to remove harmful chemicals from indoor air. Use them to sop up those VOCs, volatile organic compounds.