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Earth Day is the perfect time to put in a little extra effort to help the earth out. This year, try out one of these 10 easy ways to contribute to the earth. Each of these activities will not only enhance the quality of the environment, but it will also enhance the quality of your life.

1. Recycle

The easiest way to be more green is to recycle. Recycle cans, paper, cardboard, scrap metal and even cooking oil. You can go the extra mile by recycling items you no longer use by donating them to a local thrift shop or Goodwill Store.

2. Get There Under People Power

Another easy way to contribute to the health of the planet is to use a form of transportation that is powered by you. Walk, bike or ride a skateboard to where you need to go.

3. Turn Off the Lights

Electricity requires a lot of resources to be expended. Save energy and help protect the planet by turning off lights in rooms you are not using. Save energy and money.

4. Plant a Garden

Gardening is a fruitful way to save money and improve the quality of the earth. Plants filter the air, they reduce carbon dioxide levels and they produce oxygen.

5. Start a Compost Pile

Instead of throwing away food scraps and organic materials, compost them. Add value and nutrients to your landscaping.

6. Eat Locally Grown Foods

Select food items that are grown locally. This cuts down on the pollutants and energy related to transporting food items long distances.

7. Make Reusable Shopping Bags

Use old clothing and fabric scraps to make reusable shopping bags.

8. Insulate Your Home

Add insulation to your home and save on energy year round.

9. Have an Energy Study of Your Home

Have your local utility company conduct a free energy study of your home. This will help you to identify where you energy leaks are and what you can do to fix them.

10. Create an Indoor Jungle

Add plants to your interior design. This will keep your indoor air clean and it will provide you with fresh oxygen.

Problems can develop in all areas of our life, inconveniencing us by disrupting our daily routines.

Whilst we may have survived without a number of these appliances in previous years, nowadays many of us would struggle to manage even the most basic of household tasks alone, making these appliances integral components of our home.

When problems occur with these appliances we are left with one simple choice to make: do we repair the damage or do we buy a new appliance?

There are benefits and disadvantages for both options. Repairing dishwasher problems is often cheaper and quicker but purchasing a new appliance could provide us with a better, more energy efficient model.

Of course, where repairs are possible they should always be conducted. The idea of living in a ‘disposable world’ is something which shows a high level of selfishness and has led to us needlessly wasting appliances and products.

Whilst we may not experience the effects of these actions in our lifetime, our relatives and descendents are sure to pay the price for our mistakes, making it vital that we look for ‘green’ ways to repair or dispose of electrical items.

Repairs

When looking to repair household appliances the first thing you need to do is diagnose the fault. If this is something as small as a blown fuse then you should be able to conduct the repair yourself, otherwise you will need to contact a professional.

Remember that repairs are almost guaranteed to be cheaper than replacing an entire appliance and are therefore a great option. If you are still concerned about the financial implications then you can always invest in a form of breakdown cover for your appliances and household products.

These can be applied to any number of products and can help to offer you financial security in the event that you need to pay for repairs.

Disposal

If you appliance cannot be repaired then you will need to dispose of it – but how can you do this safely? Landfill sites are reaching their maximum capacities quicker than ever before and this means disposing of your waste in these areas should be avoided.

Instead, use a collection service to have the appliance taken from your home. Numerous retailers and companies offer this service and some may even offer it free of charge. The collected appliances are then recycled and used to create other appliances – helping you to protect the environment.

Leanne Jameson is a regular blogger from London. Dedicated to protecting the environment, Leanne offers advice on how households can become more eco-friendly. Her blogs focus on common dishwasher problems and how they can be addressed in a ‘green’ manner.