We’re celebrating Earth Day with Bingo. If you put these eco-tips (scroll to the bottom) into practice at home, your name will be in the drawing to win a Larimer County Parks Pass

2021 ED bingo card

  1. Download a bingo card.
  2. Cross off each tip you complete.
  3. Send in your bingo card and photos by May 7, 2021 to be entered into the drawing, at gcohen@larimer.org. We will draw a winner on Monday, May 10, 2021.
  • If you cross off an entire row, column or diagonal, your name will be entered once.
  • If you complete the card, your name will be added twice.
  • Send in selfies of your green actions to have your name entered into the drawing once more.
  • If you are unable to cross off a tip because you don’t own a home, you may substitute your own ‘eco-tip’ to complete a square. For example, I cannot use LED lights, so mending my own clothes is my substitution.
  • If you are already doing one of the eco-tips, you may substitute a new-to-you eco-tip.
  • Participants must live in Larimer County.
  • Questions? Call Gloria at (970) 498-5772 or email gcohen@larimer.org



Take the bus

Check out the bus schedule in your area and plan a trip by public transit. Google maps can be of assistance as well - put in your destination, click "directions" and select the bus icon.

The region's carbon footprint is reduced when people take advantage of bus transport. This eco-action takes single-occupancy vehicles off the road, saving fuel and reducing air pollution.



Go screen-free for a weekend or longer

Screen-Free Week is April 29 to May 5. Shut off your devices (except for work and emergency purposes), enjoy a commercial-free weekend and exercise that imagination. This is your chance to get outside and realize the benefits of living without "stuff" while reducing waste.



Take shorter showers

Did you know that a typical shower sprays about 2 - 5 gallons per minute? If you can shave just five minutes off your showers, you're saving a substantial amount of water. But not only that, you will be saving the energy used to heat the water, as well as carbon dioxide. To save even more resources, turn off the water while you soap up.

If everyone in the US reduced their shower time by 3 minutes, 610 billion gallons of water would be saved! Changes you make at home can make a big difference in the lives of others.


LED lights

Use LED lights

Replace your old light bulbs with LEDs or use more natural light in your house. Simply put, greenhouse gas emissions at power plants are reduced because LED lights use less power compared to incandescent and CFLs. Even better, sometimes a well-placed mirror or café curtain is enough to reduce your need for electric lights.

Switching an old incandescent to an efficient LED light bulb saves 75% of the energy used. One LED bulb can outlast 10 incandescent bulbs, so the savings add up quickly. 

And remember- because of their mercury content, recycle fluorescent bulbs at the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off site instead of throwing them in your trash can.



Prepare some meatless meals

Plan and prepare some delicious meals without meat. Animals we eat require huge amounts of food, water and land, and they also release methane and other greenhouse gases. Some studies show that one third of fossil fuels produced in the US go toward animal agriculture: pumps for water usage, fertilizer production to grow feed, fuel needed to transport and refrigerate meat and more.


Buy local

Buy nothing or buy local

Don't make waste in the first place! When you consume less, your reduce the strain on the environment. Invest in experiences instead of gadgets, new products and more stuff. By changing our consumer habits to buy less, we are reminded of what really matters and we are creating stronger and healthier communities.



Wash clothes in COLD water

Most of the energy used to wash a load of laundry in a washing machine is to heat the water. Washing your clothes in cold water is an easy way to decrease your carbon footprint, save money and help your clothes last longer.

Do clothes washed in cold water get as clean as those washed in warm or hot? Absolutely, as long as you use a liquid detergent and leave enough space for clothes to move around. There are even detergents specially-formulated for use with cold water. 

Neither hot water nor cold water will sanitize clothes, but there is no need to sanitize clothing unless you're washing a dirty diaper or a contagion.




Ride your bike instead of driving

The environmental benefits of cycling are vast. This mode of transportation is pollution-free, saves fossil fuels and conserves space for roadways. Another benefit is there is less of a need to service, make and dispose of cars.

In addition to being healthy for our environment, cycling is great for social interaction in our communities. When we bike regularly, we are easily incorporating exercise into our busy days.