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You can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions with these 15 free actions (and save money too!).
Download a one-page version of the actions to post on your fridge or hand out at your next climate action event:
Eat local food: Supporting local producers and growing your own food reduces dependence on shipping food.
Make sure your dishwasher is full: Dishwashers use less water, energy and soap than hand-washing, but only if used properly.
|Adjust your thermostat: You can save energy by lowering the temperature strategically, like when you go to sleep.|
Unplug electronics: Many devices consume energy even when they’re turned off.
|Turn off lights when you leave the room: Lights stop using energy as soon as they are turned off, so your savings add up by the minute.|
|Take shorter showers: 15 percent of a typical energy bill is spent heating water.|
|Wash your clothes in cold water: Cold water washing reduces fading, shrinkage and wear of clothes.|
Hang your laundry: Other than your fridge, dryers use more energy than other home appliances.
|Consider other transportation options: If you walk or ride your bike just 2.5 kilometres to work, you can save more than $250 per year.|
|Slow down: For every hour you drive at 100 km/h instead of 120 km/h, you will save you about $5.|
|Carry less weight in your vehicle: The more weight you carry in your car, the more fuel your vehicle burns.|
|Combine vehicle trips: By organizing your errands, one efficient excursion can avoid several small trips.|
|Open your car windows to cool down: You can save fuel during low-speed driving by reducing how much you use air conditioning.|
|Maintain tire pressure: Proper tire inflation maximizes fuel economy and prolongs tire life.|
|Stop idling: Idling for more than 10 seconds costs more than turning your engine off.|