- When cuddling in the wintertime, try to use blankets made from organically grown, natural fibres like organic cotton and wool. However if you must choose between polyester and acrylic, pick polyester. Ok personal thought too for this before you go and buy something you can check out Goodwill or a Thrift store. Better to give something else a new home. We need to learn to reuse items and repurpose before buying brand new. Companies will cut back on production if we don’t consume as much. This in turn helps reduce CO2 emissions.
- Eat meat free meals one day a week: Meat heavy diets have a much bigger eco-footprint as more land, grain, and water is needed for cattle, sheep and pigs. Chicken meat has the smallest eco-footprint.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save over 500 litres of water per month. Don’t forget, a shower will clean you using half the water of a bath.
- Reduce your carbon footprint: Home Heating. Natural gas heating is lower in emissions than oil. Hydroelectricity is better than natural gas. In the suburbs and country, catalytic wood stoves, geothermal and heat-pumps are best.
- Test that toilet! Put food colouring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it can save over 4,000 litres a month.
- Dodge the drafts. Check wall-floor joints, doors and windows for drafts and seal ’em up! About 4 per cent of heat loss in homes is from these areas.
- Cut down on dishwashing. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle.
- Did you know? Fossil Fuels, like coal, oil and natural gas, are non-renewable because they took millions of years to form. Hydroelectricity, wind, solar, tidal and wood-biomass energy are renewable forms of energy. (Note – most of the world’s electricity comes from coal!)