For earth day, I usually think of growing trees. Did you know that trees can help shade the house in the summer? And help to cut down cooling costs? Sure, but did you know that shade over an air conditioner unit can help also? Trees and shrubs can help to shelter a home and yard from noise pollution and eye pollution. But also it can help to block winter winds, or hot summer winds. Trees can help cool other plants too. It's amazing when I'm mowing, how cool it can be just driving under a tree compared to how hot it is out in the sun.
Additional insulation can help reduce heating and cooling costs. A lighter colored roof can help reduce cooling costs in the summer.
But other "green" things can help also. I use the incandescent bulbs to save on electricity. The dryer and washer and dishwasher all have energy saving dials. Giving away used items to charities, books and magazines to libraries where they sell them to restock their own, helps to recycle also. My neighbor gives me his newspaper.
Because I was always plagued with water shortages, I recycle water as much as possible. Water from cooking to unused drinking water in glasses I use on my outdoor and indoor plants. Plastic bags in the freezer for vegetables, I reuse over and over again.
Instead of drinking bottled water, I take in a thermos of ice water to work. The water in town is really awful to drink so it's just not viable.
We don't have recycling in town, unfortunately. So we must do our own recyclying as much as possible.
My mother asked me to plant more trees before she died. I had planted several last fall while she was feeling well enough to enjoy them. But for Earth Day, I planted a Leland Cypress in memory of my mother. It's only the beginning.
What are you doing for Earth Day?