100 Ways to go green 100 ways to go green gas efficient cars 2010

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• Drive less. Walk, ride you bike, take public transport or carpool. Approximately 50% of car use is for trips within 3 miles (5 km) of home. Resolve to not drive within this 5km radius of your home. You’ll be saving fuel and reducing pollution, and you can also save on trips to the gym with this added exercise. grade 9 electricity unit review Parking the car for 60 days this year = CO2 savings of 917 pounds.

• Consider joining a car co-op rather than owning your own car. With a car co-op, you can have the convenience of a car when you need one, but will be discouraged from driving unnecessarily. Also, you can get the car you need for the job you’re doing. If you need an truck occasionally but not all the time, this gets you one when you need one.

• If you’re buying a new car – buy the most energy efficient car you can. Look for the EnerGuide label posted on all new cars, vans and light-duty trucks. The label provides the vehicle’s fuel consumption rating and estimated annual fuel costs. If you can’t find the EnerGuide label on a vehicle, ask the dealer for its fuel consumption rating.

• Eat local, organic food in minimal packaging whenever possible. Food transportation is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions. According to David Cadman, president of Vancouver’s Society Promoting Environmental Conservation, the average morsel of food has travelled 2000 kilometres to get to your plate. Instead, grow it yourself or buy it fresh from the local farmers’ market. c gastritis For more info see www.farmfolkcityfolk.ca

• Do not eat meat/fish that are endangered or harvested in a way that is particularly detrimental to the environment. Some fish and sea-food stocks, like sword-fish, abalone, orange roughy and black cod are seriously depleted and risk extinction. Fortunately, other fisheries, notably halibut, crab and Albacore tuna are well-managed and well-stocked. (Albacore tuna are caught individually by trolling, so dolphins are not killed in the process. Other tuna fisheries, like Yellow Fin or Blue Fin, are less discriminate.) Shop accordingly – and tell your fish-monger and restauranteur why. The relative health of different fish stocks changes from year to year. For more info see http://www.livingoceans.org/index.shtml

• Install proper weather stripping and caulking. This will help keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Proper weather stripping and caulking of doors and windows can reduce heating bills by a whopping 25 per cent. This investment can pay off faster than almost any other home improvement, even if your house is already well insulated. Visit the following sites for clear and easy-to-follow steps:

• Cool your house with a ceiling fan during warm months. Ceiling fans are efficient and use little electricity, less than 1/10th the wattage of air conditioners. Cost to run is approximately $1.50 per month vs. $20 per month for air conditioners. Ceiling fans can also be used with the air conditioner. The thermostat can be set 9 degrees F higher, for the same resulting temperature. This represents a savings of 30% of air conditioning costs and energy consumption.

• Turn off the water when you brush your teeth. Leaving the water running wastes up to 9 litres of water a minute or 26,000 litres of water per family, per year. This means your street alone could fill an Olympic size swimming pool each year. So turn the water off and when you’re done, don’t let the taps drip. For more info see www.eartheasy.com/live_water_saving.htm

• Use fewer chemicals when cleaning your house. electricity and circuits physics A 15-year study in Eugene, Oregon by Dr. William Morton of Oregon Health Science University compared the incidence of fatal cancer among women who went to work and housewives who stayed home. The risk turned out to be significantly higher for housewives. What could explain this? Scientific American offered an answer in a February 1998 article on indoor exposure to toxic pollution: "Could everyday items with which people happily share their homes be more of a threat to their health than industrial pollution? …In short, the answer is yes." If you buy chemical cleaners in Canada, look for the Ecolabel maple leaf. Most household products sold in Canada do not list their ingredients so it’s impossible to compare the toxicity levels, but the federal government does put a maple-leaf "environmental choice" logo on products considered the least harmful. (Hint: Baking soda, vinegar & lemon juice are great SAFE cleaners!)

• When you clean out the cupboard in the basement or under the sink, check with your local recycler or hazardous waste agency before putting out the garbage. You may have hazardous waste that should not go to the landfill. Take leftover paint, pesticides, solvents, gasoline, oil, oil filters, and empty oil containers to a designated drop-off site. For more info go to www.productcare.org or www.usedoilrecycling.com

• Make your freezer more efficient. During winter, freezer space often goes unused. Your refrigerator continues to use energy, however, to freeze this space. Take empty milk jugs, or other plastic containers, and fill them with water. Place them outside until they freeze, then put them in your freezer. This will fill the empty space and reduce the area to be kept cold.

• Buy energy–efficient appliances. When shopping for a new appliance – especially a major appliance such as a refrigerator, dishwasher, or air-conditioner – choose a model with an Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of 10.0 or higher. By opting for a refrigerator with the Energy Star label, indicating it uses at least 15 percent less energy than the federal requirement, you can reduce carbon dioxide pollution by nearly a ton in total. Office/School:

• Don’t waste paper. Only print what you need. thermal electricity how it works Printing can be the most energy-intensive step so edit documents on-screen. If you have a choice of printers, avoid using a laser printer for draft-quality printouts. Write/type single-spaced and use both sides. Inkjet printers can easily accept used paper, so you can print on the unused side. Or keep discarded pages for jotting notes. Cut scrap paper into squares for use in recording phone messages. For more info see www.recycling101.ca/officePaper.html

• Choose a laptop if you’re buying a new computer. Laptops use 10 per cent or less of the electricity consumed by typical desktop computers. When buying a laptop, look for systems comprised completely of 3.3-volt components (processor, memory and LCD). These systems use 40 to 50% less energy than 5.0-volt systems, and are generally equipped with a lighter battery.

• Choose an inkjuet printer if you’re buying a new printer. Inkjet printers have low energy consumption, are inexpensive and permit the re-use of paper, saving costs and reducing environmental impacts. If you are buying a laser printer, look for one with an energy-saver feature, which reduces energy use when idle by over 65 per cent. Even when idle, laser printers consume between 30 and 35 per cent of their peak power requirements.

• Reuse or Recycle your old computer. Electronic waste is becoming a serious and increasing problem with the high turnover of computers. Computers contain significant amounts of lead and heavy metals that are dangerous to the environment. Here are several alternatives to sending your computer to the landfill:~ Pass it on. q gastrobar dias ferreira The simplest solution to recycling your old computer. Ask at a local school or put a notice on a community bulletin board offering your computer free for the taking. ~ Recycle. Several computer manufacturers have developed recycling programs. For a small fee, you can have old computer equipment picked up for recycling. ‘Coupon’ points are available from HP towards future purchases. For more info, visit: hp.com.recycle ~ In the US, the National Cristina Foundation (NCF) provides computer technology to people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons. ~ Share the Technology Computer Recycling Project – provides a searchable national computer donation database to connect computer donors and charities seeking donations. ~ National Technology Recycling Project – constantly updated, nationwide directory to find the non-profit computer recycler closest to you.

• Go organic. national gas average 2012 Do not use pesticides on your lawn or plants. Household use of pesticides and herbicides rival farm and industrial use in their overall impact on the environment. They also threaten health, particularly in pets and children, who are more likely than their parents to roll around on chemically-treated lawns. If it is a "’cide", it is designed to kill things and probably cuts a wider swath than you intend. "Integrated pest management" is the banner under which can be found a wide variety of alternatives to home-front chemical warfare.

• Plant more native trees, bushes, flowers etc. This will encourage native wildlife bck to the area and will each tree will provide oxygen for 2 people for the rest of their lives! Deciduous trees are also great for shading the house in summer and letting light through in the winter. Keeping lots of plants in the house has the added benefit of cleaning your air. Balconies are also great places for plants and gardens! For more info see www.tree-planting.com or www.gardenline.usask.ca

• Know what your mutual funds, stocks etc. are supporting. Invest in companies that operate sustainably; avoid investing in companies with poor environmental records. It’s called socially responsible investment (SRI). Canadians now have 60 different SRI funds to choose from. For more information, see www.socialinvestment.ca/ , the site of Canada’s socially responsible investment umbrella organization.

• Go “carbon neutral”. Here’s how it works: if you add polluting emissions to the atmosphere, you can effectively subtract them by purchasing ‘carbon offsets’. Carbon offsets are simply credits for emission reductions achieved by projects elsewhere, such as wind farms, solar installations, or energy efficiency projects. By purchasing these credits, you can apply them to your own emissions and reduce your net climate impact. See David Suzuki for more information on how to do this.

• Talk to friends, family, colleagues, strata councils, landlords, teachers, governments & strangers about what you’re doing, why it’s important, and how easy it would be for them to help too. Whatever you do at home could be done at school and/or work! To sign petitions or to contact governments on "Green" issues, go to Sierra Club or David Suzuki