As part of Earth Day, here are 25 simple everyday things you can do to lower your carbon footprint that have added benefits.

1. When a room is not being used, turn the lights off.

2. After exercising, try taking a cool shower instead of a hot one.

3. Take public transportation or car pool as often as possible, but at your convenience.

4. If one of your lightbulbs burns out, try replacing it with a more energy-efficient light-bulb. Over the long term it will save you money through energy conservation.

5. When not using your speakers on your computer, turn them off. Also, if not using the monitor for 15 minutes or more, turn your monitor off. Save on your electric bill!

6. Buy metal tools rather than wooden ones. Not only is it good for the environment, but metal tools last longer.

7. Recycle as often as possible. Some states exchange money for recycled bottles.

8. Grow a garden, plant a tree. Add beauty while reducing carbon.

9. Warn others about the dangers of global warming.

10. When not home, turn the thermostat down (in the winter) and up (in the summer) for maybe 1 day a week.

11. Keep your car tires inflated. Save money :).

12. Take shorter showers. Showers account for 2/3 of all water heating costs.

13. Unplug unused electronics when not in use. Even when turned off, they use electricity and your money.

14. Reduce garbage however possible.

15. Clean or replace filters on your furnace and air conditioner.

16. Don’t use paper plates.

17. Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.

18. Talk to your friends and family about Global Warming and what you can do.

19. Start a composte heap.

20. Start a vegetable garden.

21. Three R’s: Reduce Reuse Recycle

22. Think of you own!

23. Explore alternative energy options.

24. Make sure your house is well insulated.

25. If you have one, turn the fan on during the shower. The energy loss is less than the energy saved.

Simmons blogs at Thoughts on the World and can be reached at

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