Earth Day is April 22.
Its an annual reminder that we should all take a little time to do something nice for our planet.
The simple truth is a wasteful lifestyle is bad for both the environment and your budget. Even small green acts make a difference.
Consider these ways you can cut down on your energy usage:
■ Lower the thermostat by 2 degrees.
■ Switch your light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs.
■ Sign up for Kentucky Utilities Demand Conservation program, in which the utility cycles off and on your air conditioner during times of peak energy usage. The utility will credit your bill $5 per month in June, July, August and September. Learn more at Lge-ku.com/dc.
■ Request a free home energy checkup from Columbia Gas of Kentucky by calling 1-800-300-8709 or visiting Columbiagasky.com (click on Ways to save and then WarmWise energy-saving solutions).
Earth Day events
■ The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning is holding an Earth Day-themed Family Fun and Learning Night from 5:45-7:30 p.m. April 16. Create art with recycled goods, check out worm composting and enjoy a dinner. Call (859) 254-4175 to register.
■ Whole Foods at The Mall at Lexington Green will accept electronics for recycling on April 20-21. You can also register to win a $100 gift card.
■ Head to Southland Drive from 4-10 p.m. April 20 for Bluegrass PRIDEs Earth Day celebration. Hosted by the Good Foods Market & Café and Lexington Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the events include do-it-yourself workshops and childrens activities. The event culminates in an 8 p.m. showing of Pixars WALL-E.
■ Learn the basics of recycling during free classes at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. April 22 at the University of Kentucky Arboretum.
Deborah Morris weekly column, The Fru-Gal, can help you save money. Feel free to share tips on The Fru-Gal blog at Kentucky.com/living and visit her website, Fru-gal-friends.com.