WASHINGTON - April 19 - This Earth Day, April 22, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) -- the largest conservation organization in the world -- challenges everyone to try some of these simple actions that can make a big difference.
1. Don't leave the water running. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or washing the car. Fresh water is one of our most precious natural resources.
2. Flick off the light when you leave the room. Power plants burn fuels to create energy for your light bulb. Burning fuel makes smog that pollutes the air and adds to global warming. The less energy you use the less they need to make. Plus you'll save on your energy bill.
3. Print on both sides of the page at work. It's easy to change your printer settings -- you'll use half the paper and save trees.
4. Wash your clothes in warm or cold water. It works just as well as hot in your washing machine and cuts back on energy use.
5. Ditch the paper cups. Bring in a glass to keep at work instead of using the paper ones by the water cooler.
6. Use the right settings on your appliances. Many appliances, like your dishwasher and refrigerator, come with energy-saving settings. Make sure they're turned on.
7. Turn off your computer at the end of the day. A monitor left on overnight uses enough energy to print 5,300 copies.
8. Give your loose change to an environmental charity. After checkout at the supermarket, instead of tossing the coins into your pocket drop them into a Coinstar Center(r) to donate to WWF. Just select the "donate" option from the menu and choose WWF as the charity. There's probably a machine right in the store so it's an easy stop on your way out.
9. Pay attention to labels. Buy paper items with the "recycled" emblem over the ones without. Also, look for the Energy Star symbol when buying new appliances.
10. Sign up for an e-newsletter. Get updates on environmental issues and solutions emailed to you and glance through at your leisure. The WWF e-newsletter is easy to sign up for and comes out once a month, so it won't crowd your inbox. Visit http://www.worldwildlife.org to sign up now.
For more information on World Wildlife Fund and how you can make a difference this Earth Day and every day, visit http://www.worldwildlife.org for their special Earth Day coverage.
About World Wildlife Fund
World Wildlife Fund is the largest conservation organization in the world. For 45 years, WWF has worked to save endangered species, protect endangered habitats, and address global threats such as deforestation, overfishing, and climate change. Known worldwide by its panda logo, WWF works in 100 countries on more than 2,000 conservation programs. WWF has 1.2 million members in the United States and nearly five million supporters worldwide. For more information on WWF, visit http://www.worldwildlife.org.