- Trees are essential to the planet and to humans. Plant a tree and reap in the many benefits!
- Get a green bin and start collecting organic waste.
- Avoid waste by using reusable cloths and rags instead of paper towels to clean.
- Instead of using chemicals and paper towels to wash your windows, try 125 ml vinegar (1/2 cup) and 1L water (4 cups) and a squeegee.
- If space is limited, try growing organic vegetables in containers or window boxes.
- Have a garage sale to help recycle your unwanted items. Someone's trash is another's treasure.
- Just because you throw something away doesn’t mean that it’s gone for good. You have only just moved it to a landfill! So instead of throwing something in the garbage, recycle it instead! Old homework papers, cardboards and newspapers are examples of things you can easily recycle.
- Donate electronic equipment to specific recycling groups or recycle them. This will help reduce pressure on landfills.
- Your appliances need a tune-up too; clean all filters and coils.
- When replacing hard to reach light bulbs, such as exterior porch lights, switch to energy efficient compact florescent bulbs. You won't have to change them for up to seven years!
- Use your window coverings to help warm or cool your house.
- Make your home more energy efficient through improved insulation, caulking and weather-stripping. The less energy you use, the less impact you have on the environment.
- Install and use a programmable thermostat. For every 1° C you lower your thermostat you can save 2% on your heating bill. A reduction of 3° C at night and when you are away during the day provides optimal savings and can reduce your GHGs by half a tonne.
- When buying a new appliance, choose an energy-efficient one.
- Kids! Energy efficiency can be practiced at home, at school, at work and during recreational activities – in fact, practically anywhere and anytime in our day-to-day activities. This may be as simple as turning off the lights when leaving a room, or bicycling to school instead of asking mom or dad for a ride. Encouraging energy efficiency reduces the use of fossil fuels, thus reducing emissions of harmful pollutants into the earth's atmosphere.
- Use potpourri instead of aerosol based sprays.
- Compost your leaves and brush. Burning them will increase carbon dioxide emissions.
- Buy a push lawn mower. It's good exercise and reduces carbon dioxide emissions.
- Don't blow your leaves - rake them instead. Your ears and your neighbours will thank you, and you will reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
- Make sure your car is properly tuned up and your tires are at the right pressure to ensure optimal fuel efficiency.
- Encourage carpooling when possible! Put a map up in the office to encourage carpooling and make it easier for riders to connect.
- Use a broom rather than a water hose to clean walkways, driveways and sidewalks.
- Collect and use your rainwater for your lawn and plants. It's free and better for your plants.
- Avoid cleaners containing phosphates. When they get into rivers and lakes they cause algae blooms, robbing the water of oxygen and ultimately killing aquatic life.
- Fix that leaking hose and dripping nozzle. It will help keep your shoes and shirt dry and save water.
- Don't run the water when you brush your teeth, shave, wash dishes, or clean vegetables.