Everyday Tips to Becoming “Green”
Avoid idling vehicles
Instead of letting your car idle, turn off the ignition. It used less gas and emits less CO2 to stop and restart your car than to let it run.
Walk, bike, or take the bus
Walk or bike for good health as well as the environment. More people taking the bus, means less cards on the road, and that is good for everyone.
Maintain your vehicle
Keeping your vehicle in top shape will save fuel and help the environment.
Keep tires inflated: Just one tire under inflated by six psi can increase fuel consumption by three per cent and tires wear up to 40 percent faster.
Align tires: A misaligned tire will use around two percent more fuel and cause premature tire wear.
Use appropriate fuel: Read your owner’s manual before heading to the pumps and use the recommended type of fuel. Using supreme or premium fuels in cars designed for regular fuel is paying a premium price for something that will not work as well. This wastes money and fuel, it can hurt the engine, and harm the environment.
Keep tank full in winter: Keeping your gas tank full can end up saving you big. When the gas tank is not full , the moist air in the gas tank condenses against the inside wall of the tank. This water affects the quality of the fuel, causing starting problems, fuel not being burned efficiently, engine misfiring, and adding strain to the engine.
Use fluorescent bulbs: Each bulb uses one-forth of the energy of an incandescent bulb. Fluorescent bulbs last up to 10 times longer and the energy saved keeps CO2 out of the atmosphere.
Lights out: It is obvious, but turning off lights at night can save you, and the environment. A computer left on 24 hours a day can increase the electricity bill by $75 to $120 yearly. By putting the computer into standby mode, the amount is reduced to only $15 per year.
Watch clothes in cold water: Over 90 percent of energy used by a washing machine comes from water heating. Save on your bill by washing clothes in cold water with special cold-water detergent.
Lower the thermostat: Lower the thermostat by three degrees in winter and you can save up to 10 percent on your heating bill. Wearing that sweater never felt so smart!
Choose energy efficient appliances: Dishwashers today are nearly 95 percent more energy -efficient than those bought before 1972.
Have an energy audit done on your home: Retrofit your home to make it energy efficient. Many grants are available to finance this type of project.
For more information, visit https://www.ec.gc.ca/ecoaction
- turn off water hoses that are running unnecessarily.
- Turn off the tap when washing vegetables or dishes, shaving, or brushing your teeth.
- Repair leaks immediately. A small drip quickly amounts to litres of water wasted. Water meters can help detect a leak.
- Use water-efficient fixtures in the home. Showers and baths account for about 30 percent of indoor water use and toilets account for about 35 percent.
- Run the dishwasher and washing machine only with full loads.
- Shorten the time you spend in the shower to help conserve water.
- Keep water in the fridge instead of running tap water and waiting for it to get cold enough to drink.
- Use a bucket and sponge for washing the car instead of running water.
- Use a barrel to collect rainwater from your downspouts. Collected rainwater can be used for garden and lawn watering.
- Deep, infrequent water promotes deep, strong roots and will make your lawn healthier.
- Water early in the morning or late in the evening.
- Some experts say lawns do not need watering at all, since grass will go “dormant” during extended periods of dry weather. The grass will return to normal once dry weather stops.
Recycle, reuse, and reduce
BYOB (bring your own bag): Reusable grocery bags greatly reduce the amount of plastic bags going into landfills. Available in many stores, used them for all your shopping needs.
Environmentally-friendly take-out: Bring your own reusable containers when ordering take-out. This saves tons of Styrofoam, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and cardboard from ending up in landfills. Just let the restaurant know you will be bringing in your own dishes, and make sure to have enough dishes.
Compost at home
You can further reduce materials going into land fills by composting at home.
Support the local economy and enjoy fresh local food when possible. When the average person in North America sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically traveled at least 2,400 km. The transportation of this food emits tons on carbon dioxide, not to mention increased cost to the consumer. For more information about buying local in Corner Brook click here.