Earth Month 2015

10 Easy Ways to Help Save Our Planet



At ICF International, we are committed to protecting and improving the quality of life. This year, we're encouraging you to celebrate Earth Month by celebrating water and what it means to you—wherever you are. Start by participating in our campaign by sharing a photo showing how you most appreciate water: Do you love it most when you are cooking? Enjoying a cup of tea? Admiring it outdoors? Then, share the photo on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #iheartwater and @WaterforPeople through the month of April. For every unique photo publicly shared as part of this campaign—we'll donate $5 to Water For People, up to $5,000. We hope you'll join us!

Top 10 Green Tips from ICF's Green Team

Our 2015 green tips reflect two current areas of focus for our Green Team: water conservation and energy reduction. 

  1. Aerate waterInstall aerators to reduce water and watts. It takes energy to heat and deliver water to the bathtub, faucet, and other fixtures in your home that use hot water. Installing aerators in these fixtures can reduce the amount of water needed by 30 percent and reduces the amount of energy required to heat and deliver the water.

  2. Low flow toiletSave water with low-flow toilets. Consider installing a low-flow toilet, such as a WaterSense-labeled toilet that uses 20 percent less water. If your toilet is from 1992 or earlier, replacing it with a high-efficiency model would use 60 to 80 percent less water.

  3. GardenGarden with care. Grow plants that are native to where you live and that don't require irrigation. Collect rainwater and use it to water your houseplants and garden.

  4. A full dishwashing machineMake it a full load. Run your dishwasher only when it's full. Don't prerinse dishes—tests show prerinsing doesn't improve dishwasher cleaning, and you'll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. When you buy a new dishwasher, look for one that saves water. Water-efficient models use only about 4 gallons per wash. Learn more about using water wisely by clicking here.

  5. Hot water heaterLower the temperature on your hot water heater. Many manufacturers set thermostats at 140°F (or 60°C). Most households can save energy and money by turning the temperature down to 120°F (or 49°C).

  6. Clothes on a lineDry clothes naturally. A clothes dryer requires a lot of energy. Save money and energy by hanging your laundry to air dry. When you do use your dryer, clean the lint filter thoroughly after each load and don't overdry the clothes.

  7. Natural lightEnjoy natural light. Resist turning the lights on for as long as you can during the day. Instead, open your curtains to enjoy natural light.

  8. A laundry machine dialWash your laundry in cold water. Most loads don't need hot water, and 90 percent of the energy used by washing machines goes into heating. The higher the water temperature, the higher the cost to you—and the planet.

  9. Light bulbsReplace light bulbs with LEDs or CFLs. LEDs use 80 percent less energy than incandescent lights and could last 10 years or longer. CFLs use approximately 30 percent less energy than incandescent lights. Several major retailers recycle CFLs, so now you can conveniently recycle at the end of their life.

  10. Electric plugTruly turn off electronics. When plugged into an outlet, electronics and appliances use energy—even when turned off. Some electronics use the same amount of energy when on "standby" as when in use. Plug your devices into a power strip. One flip of a switch on the power strip lets you turn everything off when not in use.

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Note: ICF's Green Team is a volunteer employee organization responsible for implementing environmental and socially responsible initiatives across the company. The views, opinions, and recommendations of the Green Team, including the 10 tips above, do not necessarily reflect the views or recommendations of ICF International, Inc., and the company cannot be held liable or responsible for any of the recommendations or opinions offered by the Green Team.


Participate in ICF's #iheartwater campaign—and we'll donate $5 to Water For People for every photo shared.

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