Earth Day: Tips for Torontonians to Reduce Their Contribution to Global Warming

Submitted by Jasmina on Sun, 2007-04-22 00:43.
2007-04-22 00:00
2007-04-22 23:59

Earth Day

When it comes to climate change, saving energy and resources the greatest positive impact Torontonians can make is, literally, from the comfort of their homes. Research shows that running your household typically makes up the greatest part of your "Carbon Footprint".

Top 10 Actions to Saving Energy at Home

  1. Turn off lights, computers and TVs when not in use.
  2. Replace frequently used standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
  3. Install a low flow showerhead and faucet aerators.
  4. Install a programmable thermostat: lower the setting in the winter by setting your thermostat back by 1ºC/2ºF 24 hours a day and/or by 2ºC/4ºF at night; increase your settings in the summer by 1ºC/2ºF 24 hours a day and/or by 2ºC/4ºF at night.
  5. During the winter, close window coverings each night to keep the heat in and during the summer, close window coverings for the daylight hours to keep the sun out.
  6. Clean or replace your furnace filter at least once every two months.
  7. Use cold water instead of hot water every time you wash your clothes and wash only with a full load.
  8. Use your dishwasher only when full. Use the energy saving or light wash cycle and select the air dry option.
  9. Consider replacing your old toilet and washer through the City's WaterSaver programs.
  10. When you replace your old appliances, choose energy efficient ones.

Toronto 20/20 Planner & Connector to Home Energy Links and Incentives

Air pollution is a year round problem. Every time we drive our vehicles and use energy in our homes, we are burning fossil fuels and sending pollutants into the air. Toronto Public Health provides you with a 20/20 Planner, a practical step-by-step guide designed to help you reduce energy use by 20% at home and on the road. It also connects you with programs and services in the Greater Toronto Area.

Make sure to take note of the listings with a $ next to them, to find some great incentives that will save you money!