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Eco Tips

Jul 21st, 2011

Despite the fact that nobody enjoys sitting in traffic, more and more of us drive to work every day, alone in our cars. With gas prices on the rise, and traffic conditions getting worse, our daily commute is having a bigger and bigger impact on our wallets, our lifestyles and climate change. So choosing an alternate to the one-person car commute, even if it's just once a week, is a terrific way to cut carbon emissions, save gas, and get to work quicker and happier.

But Canada’s a big country and not everyone has the option of walking, cycling, riding an ECOPED or taking public transit to work. So, what can you do to help combat climate change? Here are ten tips from our friends at Environment Canada that anyone implement to be more eco friendly in their daily life.

  1. Avoid waste by using reusable cloths and rags instead of paper towels to clean.

  2. Have a garage sale to help recycle your unwanted items. Someone's trash is another's treasure.

  3. Donate electronic equipment to specific recycling groups or recycle them. This will help reduce pressure on landfills.

  4. 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!

  5. Use your window coverings to help warm or cool your house.

  6. When buying a new appliance, choose an energy-efficient one.

  7. Don't blow your leaves - rake them instead. Your ears and your neighbours will thank you, and you will reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

  8. Use a broom rather than a water hose to clean walkways, driveways and sidewalks.

  9. Collect and use your rainwater for your lawn and plants. It's free and better for your plants

  10. Don't run the water when you brush your teeth, shave, wash dishes, or clean vegetables.

For more great ideas on eco friendly activities visit Environment Canada

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