13 Easy Ways to Live Earth Day, Every Day

Make Earth Day a lifestyle. With a few easy lifestyle changes, you can help make our planet a little greener.

In honor of Earth Day we asked a multidisciplined group of SEH specialists – engineers, architects, planners and scientists – to share tips to help preserve the planet. Here are some easy things you can do every day to make Earth Day a lifestyle. Because if we all work together, we can help make this world a better place, one simple change at a time.

Drink tap water, not bottled water

Nearly 90% of water bottles are not recycled, plus standards for tap water are more stringent than standards for bottled water.
— Jana Nyhagen, Drinking Water Engineer

Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth

You could save 5 gallons of water a day.
— Jason Sprague, Protective Coatings Manager

Recycle your CFLs

Drop them off at your local hardware store or hazardous waste facility and do your part to prevent mercury release from compact fluorescent light bulbs. In Minnesota...it's the law.
— Melanie Niday, Solid Waste Scientist

Pay your bills online

Online bill pay saves 23 pounds of wood and avoids 29 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per household, every year.
— James Fraser, Chief Financial Officer

Bike more

Replace at least one car trip a week with a bike trip (store, post office, etc) and set milestones to increase this over time. Biking saves about a pound of CO2 per mile.
— Heather Kienitz, Traffic Engineer

Don’t print everything

Instead, scan documents and save them in an electronic folder.
— Donna Viland, Records Manager

To rinse or not to rinse?

Not to rinse. Scrape off food scraps before you wash dishes and let your dishwasher do the rest.
— Angela Kana, Wastewater Engineer

Take a shower, not a bath

Baths require nearly twice as much water.
— Arash Shahmansouri, Water Engineer

Take public transit

Transit use in the U.S. saves 4.7 billion gallons of gasoline annually. Just think if everybody used it.
Patrick Bougie, Transit Architect

Carpool to work

You’ll save on gas AND nasty pollutants.
— Caytla Eckert, Human Resources

Wash clothes in cold water

If everyone in the U.S. followed suit, we could save energy comparable to 100,000 barrels of oil every day.
— Steve Peterson, Wastewater Engineer

Clean your fridge

Dusty refrigerator coils can increase energy consumption by 30%
— Rick Viviani, Food and Beverage Services

Fix leaks

A leaky faucet can use more than 3,000 gallons of water every year, and a leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons every day.
— Paul Pasko, Trenchless Technology Specialist

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