Become a better steward of the earth

EarthCare Fund encourages individuals, families, and churches to become better informed about environmental issues and take action to become better stewards of Earth and its natural resources.

24 “eco” ideas to try:

1. Switch off the lights whenever you leave a room.

2. Change traditional incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs, which use 75% less electricity and last up to 10 times longer.

3. Make sure computers, printers, and other equipment are hooked up to power strips and programmed to save energy when not in use. America spends over a billion dollars each year on wasted power.

4. Check energystar.com, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for numerous ways to save big money long-term with new, energy-efficient appliances, house siding, roofing, windows, and other products.

5. Think about installing solar panels to generate your own electricity.

6. Fix dripping faucets and other water leaks. Be sure to install low-flow water-saving showerheads and avoid taking unnecessarily long showers.

7. Use a faucet-mount filtration system rather than buying expensive bottled water. Over 38 billion plastic bottles end up in public landfills each year, and they can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.

8. Wash clothes with a concentrated liquid detergent to reduce packaging waste. Using a cold water formula will also help cut back on heating water, which is one of the most expensive energy uses in the home.

9. Avoid over-watering your lawn. And don’t leave water running while brushing teeth, shaving, or putting on makeup.

10. Car pool with co-workers, family, friends, and neighbors to cut down on gas consumption and air pollution.

11. Walk, bike, or take public transportation whenever possible, rather than driving your car.

12. Plant trees to shade your house and reduce air conditioning.

13. Print or copy on both sides of the paper and in black instead of color whenever possible. Most of us can cut paper consumption by at least 25%.

14. Carry a reusable container to your favorite coffee shop rather than take out a disposable paper cup. Over 14 billion of them end up in landfills each year—enough to circle Earth 55 times!

15. Visit arborday.org to find tips on planting trees and landscaping projects that will not only help your local environment but also increase the value of your home.

16. Take your own reusable shopping bags to the store rather than bring home more paper or plastic bags that end up as litter. Each year 14 million trees and 12 million barrels of oil are used to produce them.

17. Use natural cleaners that are biodegradable and made with nontoxic, plant-based ingredients rather than petroleum-based solvents.

18. Recycle bottles, cans, paper, cardboard boxes, and all other reusable items. Redeem them for cash whenever possible and you will be surprised at how much they are worth.

19. Donate unwanted cell phones and print cartridges to charities that refurbish and resell them to support worthy causes and a cleaner environment. Some 50 million tons of electronic trash are dumped each year, much of it toxic.

20. Drive only cars that get high-mpg—or better, invest in an alternative fuel hybrid vehicle.

21. Join a group to clean up a public beach or park or some other environmental conservation project.

22. Support local farmers markets, as food trucked for hundreds or thousands of miles adds high fuels costs and creates tremendous pollution.

23. Check into “socially responsible investing.” Instead of buying stocks involving alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and other ethically unacceptable issues, invest “green” in funds that have a positive impact on the environment.

24. Unemployed or seeking a new career? Check into the multitude of emerging opportunities in the clean energy field. It is estimated that 20 million new jobs in the US will be created in this area within the next two decades.

In 25 words

Christians care too! Saving Earth and its natural resources—conserving, recycling, planting trees, digging wells, clean energy alternatives, improving the quality of life for all.