~ Smart Shopping ~
~ Choose brands that don’t test on animals, do ethical business practices like fair trade, and support social causes.
~ Avoid brands that are known for polluting and damaging the eco-system and mother nature.
~ Buy in bulk and avoid overly packaged items.
~ Consider renting and borrowing things that are seldom needed.
~ Buy used items from garage sales and second-hand stores.
~ Use re-usable grocery bags.
~ Buy only what you need!
~ Responsible Washing ~
~ Take short showers instead of baths.
~ Close water taps while brushing your teeth.
~ Chose water saving faucets and shower heads.
~ Use eco-friendly or home made cleaning products to clean your clothes, body and home.
Transportation Alternatives ~
~ Walk, cycle, car pool and use public transportation.
~ When driving, reduce idling and maintain correct tire pressure.
~ Consider car-sharing programs like Zip Car or Car2Go.
~ Choose local and organic foods that are in season, and support local food producers
~ Eat less meat.
~ Grow your own!
~ Avoid Palm Oil and products with palm oil.
~ Power Play – Reduce Your Phantom Load ~
When you turn off your television, it’s not using any power, right? Wrong. In fact, some TVs—and many other plugged-in electric devices—use power even when they’re turned off, about 10% to 15% of a home’s electricity bill goes towards paying for the “phantom load.” But unplugging everything each night before bed—not to mention plugging them back in the next day—may not be realistic for many of us. Instead, plug multiple devices into a power bar, and use the bar’s on/off switch to cut and restore power.
Repairing a leaky faucet may be low on your to-do list, especially if it’s just a slow drip. But a faucet that leaks one drip per second wastes 9,000 litres per year, and a toilet that runs after flushing can waste up to 200,000 litres in a year, says Environment Canada. To figure out if your toilet is leaking, put a few drops of food colouring in the tank. If the colour shows up in the bowl a few minutes later, you have a leak. Most leaks can be fixed easily and inexpensively. Ask one of our many plumbers for some help!
Replace your furnace filter religiously. A dirty filter means your furnace has to work harder to circulate the air, greatly reducing its efficiency. Prolonged blockages lead to extra wear and tear on your furnace. Change your filter 4 times a year.
~ Discard The Right Way ~
~ Give your unwanted items to goodwill.
~ Recycle or upcycle containers, bottle and jars.
~ Dispose of batteries and electronics at depots.
~ Have a clothing swap!