Celebrate Earth Day Year Round: Go Green!

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Many of you may already know that the holiday that we refer to as "Earth Day" celebrated its 40th anniversary yesterday. Earth Day was first held on April 22, 1970 as an environmental-teach and was founded by former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.

Today, most communities across the country use the holiday as a week long extravaganza of activities completely focused on improving our everyday effects on the environment. We know that everyone is aware of the importance of recycling, but there are many, simple things we can do around the house to benefit our environment.

Here is a list of best practices that you can do around you house to become more eco-friendly:

  • Plant an herb garden. Herb gardens are simple to plant and maintain in your home. Plus, it’s great to have herbs on hand when you’re cooking, rather than having to make a trip to the store.

  • Switch your lightbulbs to CFLs (compact fluorescent lamp). Most CFLs are designed to replace incandescent lamps and are made to fit into most existing light fixtures. CFLs project the same amount of visible light, but use less power. Plus, they typically last longer.

  • Weatherization. Prepare for each season differently. Simply, keep the heat in when it’s cold outside and the opposite when it’s warm outside. Window shades are a perfect example as they will keep your home both warm and cool. In the summer months, lower the shades to keep the warm sun from beating into your home. In the winter, raise them to bring in the heat on a frigid day.

  • Create a compost. Most organic materials break down naturally. Start your own compost pile in your outside garden or flower bed. The soil that is produced from composting is rich in nutrients, which is better for your yard and saves a trip to the landfill.

  • Beware of leaky faucets. Double check your shower heads and faucet caps, both inside and out. Make sure there are no leaks or drips or you can replace the older ones with newer caps that are designed to decrease the flow of water.

  • Limit your reliance on paper products. Many stores now sell recycled paper products, including paper towels, napkins and toilet paper. In addition to buying a more eco-friendly product, limiting the use of paper products .

  • Stop using disposable bags. When you shop for groceries, bring your own bags to the store. Most stores even offer reusable bags or you can make your own.

  • Monitor your light usage. Open the blinds and enjoy natural light during the day and make sure that you turn off the light when you leave a room.

What are your favorite green practices? Do you give certain green tips to your home buyers? Find more Homes.com tips on common green practices at home here.

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