9 Ways You Can Make A Difference For The Environment Besides Recycling

9 Ways You Can Make A Difference For The Environment Besides Recycling

Earth Day may be once a year but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to make a difference every day.

Want to do more for the environment?

Don't know what to do besides recycling?

Have other ideas but not sure if they are good?

Earth Day may be once a year but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to make a difference every day. if you're like me and feel it is in our best interest to keep the environment healthy. Then here are 9 tips to help you get started.

1. Carpool, walk or bike

Whether its running errands with a friend, riding to school or traveling to the same place with a large group. Carpooling is a great way to reduce the impact of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), which is responsible for much of the change in the climate.

If the distance is short enough, walking and biking are great alternatives and can even get you some exercise.

2. Start a compost heap to reduce the waste you send to landfill sites

This not only reduces the amount you throw away but gives you something to put extra nutrients in your garden or grass. Coffee grounds and eggshells are also an ideal for composting.

Want to create your own compost bin? here's how.

3. Choose energy-efficient appliances when you replace old ones

Believe it or not, replacing your old incandescent light bulbs with new energy-saving LED lights not only cuts back on how much energy you use but the amount of light pollution that is emitted.

Washer and dryers can be the same, replace an old one with one that is more energy efficient.

4. Insulate your home

By doing this, you are keeping your air conditioner or heater from working harder to cool and heat your home, therefore saving money and energy that can be used for something else.

5. Stop the use of disposable bags

Grocery stores are notorious for this. Instead of using 50 plastic bags that are provided by the grocery store that you're just going to throw away after, bring your own reusable bags.

Some grocery stores also have where you can bring back and recycle plastic bags you have used and you can get five cents back.

6. Fix leaky faucets

A drip may not look like much but if its a continuing drip over time it becomes much more than a little drop of water.

7. Repurpose glass jars as leftover containers and bulk storage, especially in the kitchen

My family does this all the time! It is a great way to use a jar more than once.

8. Turn off lights when you leave or aren't using a room

This ensures that you aren't using more energy than you need.

9. Buy rechargeable batteries

One reason, of course, is the cost. While rechargeable batteries may cost more initially, over time that cost will diminish. Another reason is the way batteries are made and the already limited sources to make them.

And these things are by no means the only things you can do. Here's a list provided by the EPA of more ways to help the environment.

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25 Reasons Getting a Dog in Your 20's is a Smart Idea

In honor of National Puppy Day!

Life in your twenties is a wonderful time. You're finally free from your parents tight leash (pun intended) and starting to discover who you are. However, not every night can be a wild adventure filled with a drunken story you'll discuss 20 years later. Some nights are just meant to be spent relaxing...but instead of being alone, why not have a companion with you? A fluffy, crazy, ball of fun companion that is.

As many people know thanks to social media, today is National Puppy Day. Long story short, it's the day where Instagram junkies and take pictures of their furry friends and post them to social media. This day may only come once a year, but the love of a dog lasts a lifetime. People say having a dog in college is nuts, but honestly is it?

Meet Cooper, he's my year old Golden Retriever and honestly the biggest pain and joy in my life. A lot of people laugh at the idea of having an 83 pound dog living inside an apartment but he makes everyday so much better. So many people out there already have dogs in college and are loving it. Having a dog in college is actually one of the smarter things a college kid can do. Seriously, Here's 25 reasons why everyone in their 20's should get a dog.

1. For starters...look at that face.

(Enough said right there)

2. Who needs school? After getting the dog you learn life's biggest lesson; responsibility.

3. They sleep almost half the day so you don't have to be worried about leaving them at home. And let's be real, naps with your pup are way better than naps with anyone else.

4. They teach you how to save and budget your money (food, toys, supplies, treats). It's like Finance 302, but for dog lovers.

5.They keep you in shape since you have to walk them several times a day.

6. They are better wingmen...or women then any of your human friends.

7. They love being around other people, so a party is a fun place for them to roam.

8. Everyone loves dogs so you know they'll be welcomed almost everywhere you go.

9. They are excellent listeners. They listen to the issues everyone else is tired of hearing, and never pass judgment on your questionable moralistic debates.

10. Treats are their kryptonite. Teaching them obedience is easier than you think.

11. They are perfect drinking buddies.

12. They love the outdoors, so they great for hunting and playing Frisbee on your quad.

13. They are great to grab and hug when you get dumped. Or any other time for that matter.

14. They grow up as you do, changing as the tides in your life change.

15. Celebrating their birthday is almost as exciting as celebrating your own.

16. They get you ready for kids...which should be a long ways away. But nonetheless, you are prepared for all things menacing.

17. They're the perfect excused to get out of that awful relationship.

18.They won't complain when you want to be lazy...in fact they'll join you. Dog cuddles = the best cuddles.

19. No judgement is ever passed for the many problematic circumstances they witness, they are ALWAYS excited to see you.

20. They're perfect for asking someone a certain question.

21. Hell, if you're lucky enough, they might even be apart of the wedding.

22. They love playing with your kids.

23. They get more and more regal with age.

24. As that time begins to approach, you'll treasure every minute you have with them.

25. And when the time comes to finally say goodbye, you will realize the bond you have with something greater then yourself.

But most of all...you have gained a life long friend with millions of memories that will last for a lifetime.

So to those pet owners in college who have already began the process of that bond, congrats on making the right decision.

And to those who haven't, what are you waiting for? Go out and make a friend for life.

Happy National Puppy Day!!

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To The First School Pony I Ever Rode, And Still Love

Although its been around 9 years since I've ridden Change, I still remember all he taught me.


Here's some background. It was my 4th birthday that started my love for horses. My parents and I lived in this house that had an acre plot of land, perfect for the best birthday parties. This birthday party, in particular, consisted of ponies.

My father rented one of those party organizations to bring a few ponies for my friends and me to ride, and that very day I said to my father, "I want to ride horses!" And the rest was history.

I started and still to this day ride at Level Green Riding School, a barn that became a second home to me at a young age. My first lesson, at the age of 6, was on this magical little pony, who now barely reaches my hips, Change. He was this fiery little pony who had some attitude but was incredibly patient with the young students.

I took my first few weeks of lessons on him and continued to on and off ride him for about two years after. Although we did little real work other than walk, trot, canter, then finally 18-inch jumping, I learned a lot from him.

So to my buddy Change,

Selena Spezio, 2009

Thank you for helping me grow my love for riding. Because of you, I have continued to pursue my passion for the sport. I have kept with it, even when I felt like a failure. There would be times when I felt horrible about a lesson, but because of you I keep with it and understand that there is always room for improvement.

Thanks to you, I understand that the horse is never to blame, but that I should reevaluate my position, attitude or technique to better my relationship with the horse I am on. The love I have for these animals stems from the small connection my young kind had with you.

I learned how to be humble. The little things we accomplished together, like my first time ever posting, where I looked like I was attached to a pole just standing up and sitting down, was a big moment, but I know it only happened because you helped me out. Image if I was on a wild pony who had an attitude and was out of control, those big moments would have come a lot harder.

The first time we jumped, oh what a joy. Although it was a small pile of poles at first, I felt free. I really saw what it was like to have a simple connection with a being.

Change, you taught me control, composure, and to have a great attitude no matter what. Those times when you were having a bad day and the first time you tried to buck me off, instead of being in fear, I just laughed and kicked you along.

You taught me the fun of this sport, and for that, I thank you with all my heart.

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