By Taylor McLamb

Grab your calendar and circle April 22nd (preferably with an eco-friendly pencil or marker), as Earth Day is quickly approaching! This is a day prompting urgency for environmental education about the problems affecting our world as well as a global celebration of all the great things the Earth provides us with. What do you get a girl who literally unconditionally supports more than 7 billion people daily? The greatest way to show the world some love is to do your part living a greener, more environmentally conscious life. If you’re feeling intimidated, the best way to start would be practice conserving energy in your home and daily life, as that can not only help you save money, but also benefit the environment.

We’ve compiled a list of easy, stress-free ways that you can incorporate energy-conservation into your life. Remember not to just limit these adjustments to one day of the year, as doing your part to accommodate an environmentally-friendly lifestyle doesn’t just affect one person – it’s beneficial to the world. Show the earth some love!

– When you’re done using appliances, such as your iPhone or laptop, unplug them when you leave the room. A lot of people don’t realize that they’re still using up energy even if they’re turned off.
– Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
– Wash your clothes in cold water! According to an article from the New York Times, about three-quarters of the energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions from washing a load of laundry come from just simply heating the water.
– Use a drying rack or hang your clothes outside.
– Wait to use the dishwasher until it’s completely full. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, running the dishwasher only when full can save 100 pounds of carbon dioxide and save you $40 per year.
– Turn off the television when you’re not watching it.
– Make sure to keep your doors and windows shut tight; Don’t leave your doors open for too long, as keeping the air conditioning restricted to the house conserves the amount of energy you have to use.
– Biking to work is a great way to conserve energy and enjoy the day. According to a report done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which studied the economic and health impacts of bicycling in Wisconsin, they found that if 20% of car trips were replaced by bicycling in Madison, Wisconsin alone, it would prevent 57,405 tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted.
– When cooking a meal, turn off your oven early, as the remaining heat will be enough to finish the job. Also, if you have a lot of veggies to chop, pull them all out at once, to eliminate the amount of times you have to open and close your fridge door.
– Taking shorter showers can help you do your part in saving both energy and water. According to an article done by Boston University, an average shower head uses 5 gallons of water per minute, so if you simply reduce your morning shower by 2 minutes, you can cut your water use by 10 gallons.