We are agreed. It’s long past time to make the changes necessary
to leave our grandchildren an earth worth living on. The challenge can
seem overwhhelming. So start small, but start.
Do Not Contact
Click on the Canadian Marketing Association's
website for an opportunity to register for their DO NOT CONTACT
service. This should significantly reduce the numbers of marketing offers
you receive through the mail and phone.
No receipt, thanks.
It's such a very small piece of paper, that receipt, but multiplied over
the millions of transactions per day, per week, per year ...well, you
get the idea. Do you really need a receipt for your coffee? What about
every time you make a transaciton at the ATM? Say, "No thanks, no
Compared to incandescent Christmas lights, LED bulbs use 95% less energy,
last 10 times longers, are more durable with no filaments or glass to
break, and produce very little heat, reducing the risk of fire. Source:
Install a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature in your house
at night and when you are not there. And when you program it, lower the
temp by 1 degree C. They say that will save you 2% of your heating bill.
Source: David Suzuki Foundation
Turn the Water Off
...when you are brushing your teeth or washing dishes.
Every litre of gasoline used releases 2.4 kg of carbon dioxide. Choosing
to turn your vehicle off instead of idling can add up to a big difference
to the air we breathe.
In the developed world we are pretty good at hiding our
garbage – out of sight, out of mind. But anyone who’s traveled
in the third world knows that plastic shopping bags are an abomination
on the earth. Let’s put an end to it. Purchase a collection of inexpensive
fabric bags. Keep them handy for grocery shopping. Every time you head
out, even for small items, grab a cloth bag and say no thanks to plastic.
Turn it Off
All those instant-on electronics with their LCD displays are gobbling
up more electricity than you'd imagine. When not in use, turn them off.
Where appliances and electronics are grouped together (e.g., computer
and peripherals, entertainment centre, kitchen appliances) plug them all
into a power bar with an easy-to-access on/off switch and use it.
Look for more ideas next month ...and feel free to share your own
ideas with us.