Saw lots of programs and ads for “green” lifestyles.  Thought I would add a few suggestions on things that could easily be done to help save the planet.

1.  Eliminate those little stickers on fruits and vegetables you get in grocery stores — no one looks at them anyway and they waste paper and time.  They are there to tell the consumer where and if it is conventionally grown, organic or genetically engineered.  I just found that out from this blog, http://energyfanatics.com/2009/04/24/fruit-label-organic-genetically-engineered/.  When were they going to tell us about that?  I had no idea!!  There has got to be a better way.

Just a few stickers I have randomly collected

2. Require all new construction to have a passive solar water heating system.  There are systems that work with pumps or even better with gravity. You can build onto an existing home with reused materials (http://www.ehow.com/how_6106598_build-passive-solar-water-heater.html)  Free hot water for a small investment — pretty cool.  Here is a longer explanation of the process from a commercial standpoint. http://www.benfranklinplumbingaz.com/phoenix-plumber-pipeline/index.php/uncategorized/solar-hot-water-heater-options/

Solar hot water heater

3. Have all outdoor lighting supplemented with solar power — then only use the electric grid when necessary. They are doing in in Dubai, an oil producing nation. http://www.solarstreetlights.net/projects.html

Solar Street Lighting

Just some thoughts after Earth day.  Every day should be Earth day!!