GREEN AT HOME

The world is going green. Everywhere you turn, people, governments and businesses are looking for ways to reduce waste and energy use and to improve the world we all share.

There are hundreds of ways to save energy, water and money at home. Here are just a few of our favourites:

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  • Moderate temperature: Almost half of the energy used at home is for heating and cooling. Raising the thermostat by a couple of degrees in summer, and lowering it by the same amount winter, you can substantially reduce energy bills and pollutants
  • Wash in cold water: Almost 90% of the energy used by a washing machine doing a load in hot is used to heat the water. Use an environmentally friendly detergent formulated for cold water washing
  • Let Mother Nature dry your clothes: A clothes dryer is the third largest energy consumer in most homes. No matter the season, the wind will dry your clothes without costing you a cent
  • Drying efficiently: If you do use your clothes dryer, make sure the lint screen is clean as it can interrupt airflow and make your dryer work inefficiently
  • Really turn it off: Your television, your computer and many other appliances in your home are not really off when you switch them off - they are in standby mode, ready to turn on in an instant. Unplug appliances, or use a power bar with a switch that can be turned off to sever the flow of electricity
  • Load up your dishwasher: Only run it when it is full. You'll save 20 gallons of hot water per load
  • Drink from the tap: Unless you live in an area where tap water is not safe (Toronto's is), use it for drinking water. If you want to filter it and keep it chilled in the refrigerator, inexpensive systems are available in most department stores
  • Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth: Believe it or not, it could save as much as 5 gallons of water every time you do
  • Use less water: "Low-flow" devices are available for taps and showerheads that can save hundreds of gallons of water a month and reduce hot water bills. You can also save a lot of water by installing "low-flow" toilets, or more economically, placing a full 2 litre water bottle inside the tank of an existing toilet