This year’s Earth Day on April 22 saw many people doing their part to be more environmentally conscious. Unfortunately, while many people participate in Earth Day, they give up their eco-friendly attitudes the next day. For the world to see real change, there needs to be a sustained effort every day. If you want to keep the positive gains of Earth Day happening throughout the year, here are some tasks you can do.

Stick to a recycling habit

Many people use Earth Day as an opportunity to get their recycling sorted, but as the days and weeks pass by, go back to their old habits of throwing away perfectly recyclable materials. Avoid this by designating specific bins for each type of recyclable material: one for plastic, one for paper, and one for glass. Keep these bins near your garbage, if you can – that’ll increase the chances of you sticking to this goal.

Stay current on environmental news

One great motivating factor in keeping up with your eco-friendly habits is to stay current on environmental news. There are plenty of great sources for environmental news for you to check out. Many big publications offer sections dedicated to the #Environment, such as NBC News, The Guardian, and BBC News. Or, if you want a specific publication to read that’s devoted solely to the environment, you can have a look at the Environmental News Network. Staying up-to-date on the news that affects our planet will keep you in mind of the impact you have on our world.

Conserve water and energy

One of the biggest problems that our planet faces is climate change, which is caused in part by humanity’s reliance on energy sources. You can do your part by cutting down on your energy reliance in many ways. For example, if you tend to take long showers, set a timer to limit the amount of water to use. And obviously, turn off the lights when you leave a room. Realistically, you’ll make a small impact, but any change is a positive step for our planet, and the longer you keep up these habits, the better it will be for everyone.

Buy less wasteful products

Bottled water is one of the greatest pollutants on Earth. So, if you’re buying water bottles, you’ll the environment – and a lot of money – by refilling a water bottle with water from the tap. In addition, eating less meat is good for the environment, as a lot of energy goes into meat production. While you won’t have to go full-on vegetarian, any little bit helps, especially in the long run.

Use LED bulbs

Incandescent bulbs are becoming a thing of the past, now to be replaced by LED bulbs, which are more energy efficient and longer lasting. Switch out all the light bulbs in your home, from your desk lamps to your ceiling lighting, with LED bulbs, and you’ll see a reduction in your energy bill. It’ll probably feel good to be saving the world, too.