Yesterday marked Earth Day.

Yesterday marked Earth Day.

Each April, we focus our attention on the environment and the things we can do to help our planet.
But why not make every day Earth Day?

There are many things we can do to save money and help the environment. Many are no-brainers, like not leaving the faucet running while brushing your teeth and turning off lights and fans in rooms that are not occupied.

Other simple ways to help the environment include recycling paper in your home or office, saving aluminum cans to recycle, turning up the thermostat in summer and down in the winter, running the washer or dishwasher only when you have a full load.

Planting a garden or a tree can also help make the planet, well, greener. Not only are trees nice to look at, but release oxygen into the atmosphere while decreasing carbon dioxide levels, provide habitat for animals, add cooling shade in the summer and a windbreak in the winter, and aid erosion control, especially along ravines and creekbanks.

We can also do a few simple things to our cars to help the planet and ease the pain at the pump: things like keeping it properly tuned, changing the oil at the recommended times and then turning the used oil in to be recycled, and making sure tires are properly inflated. You can also combine and plan trips to save gasoline — not to mention reducing your errand time.

Saving the planet can seem to be a daunting task, but actually, there are small things each of us can do. These little things may not seem like much, but with millions, even billions, of us doing them, they all add up.