One Simple Act for Climate Change

Together we can make a significant difference to climate change when we reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Not only will you save money, you can also reduce your environmental footprint. Commit to one new action to reduce emissions. Remember, it's all about how we use energy.


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Joanne Barwise
Provincial Education and Outreach Specialist
Alberta Environment and Parks
Phone: (780)644-7806
1. Pick an action that you are not currently doing and commit to it. Which one will you commit to?

At home, I will...
Switch over to energy efficient light bulbs, which use five times less energy and last eight times longer.  
Always have a full washing machine before running it, e.g. for dishes and clothes.  
Wash clothes in cold water.  
Hang laundry outside to dry. Give it a try. They smell so good after!  
Enjoy a shorter shower. The average shower is eight minutes. Strive for five and reduce 30 litres of water use and the energy used to heat the water. Heating water is 15 per cent of a typical energy bill.  
Turn the thermostat down at night. By reducing daily heating from 20°C to 19°C cuts energy consumption by 7 per cent.  
Turn off electronics. Many devices use standby energy (aka phantom power) even when not in use; seek them out and turn them off. A computer on standby still consumes 20 to 40 per cent of its regular power.  
Turn off lights when rooms are empty. Empty rooms love darkness so make it a habit to switch off. Thirty minutes of unnecessary lighting per day amounts to five days of continuous lighting after one year.  
Eat more local foods. Choosing foods grown locally saves on the environmental impacts of transportation emissions.  
Practice the 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in that order. The three Rs conserve natural resources and save you money.  

Getting Around, I will...

Slow down. For every hour you drive over 100 km/h instead of 120 km/h, you will save $5.  
Combine vehicles trips. Organize your errands into one efficient trip.  
Strive to be idle-free. Turn the key to be idle-free because idling for more than 10 seconds costs more than turning the engine off.  
Get to work greener one day a week. If this is new for you, try the bus, carpool or take a bicycle at least one day a week. You can save up to $250 by walking or biking just 2.5 km to work.  
Maintain tire pressure. Proper tire inflation maximizes your fuel economy and prolongs the life of your tires.  
3. Maybe you are doing something else that’s innovative to save energy. Tell us about it and we’ll pass it on to inspire others.
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