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52 Ways to Reduce Your Emissions

  1. Maintain proper tire inflation for your car by checking your tires weekly.

  2. Insulate your house.

  3. Conserve heat by caulking around vents and window and door frames, sills and joints.

  4. Plug gaps around pipes, ducts, fans and vents.

  5. Install weather-stripping on windows, doors and attic hatches.

  6. Apply shrink-film to windows and glass doors.

  7. Move furniture, rugs and drapes away from air grills and heating vents.

  8. Install energy-efficient windows.

  9. Install heavy curtains on windows and glass doors to keep in the heat.

  10. On sunny days, open south facing drapes and let the sun in, a natural source of heat.

  11. Close your drapes and blinds at night.

  12. Close the damper in your wood-burning fireplace, and ensure that it fits properly.

  13. Turn down the heat in your home by two degrees Celsius in the winter.

  14. Turn down the heat by three to five degrees Celsius at night and while on vacation.

  15. Turn off the heat in your garage, and turn it on only prior to using it.

  16. Install an EnergyStar programmable thermostat.

  17. Use microwaves or electric heating elements instead of gas elements when heating food.

  18. Buy a high-efficiency furnace with a variable speed motor.

  19. Get your furnace tuned up annually.

  20. Wrap your water heater in an insulation blanket.

  21. Set your water heater to 49 degrees Celsius.

  22. Install a solar water heating system to heat your water.

  23. Wash your dishes in cold water.

  24. Wash your clothes in cold water.

  25. Install low-flow shower heads and faucets.

  26. Take shorter showers.

  27. If washing clothes with hot water, use a front-loading washing machine, which saves water.

  28. Hang your laundry to dry instead of using a gas clothes dryer.

  29. Compost organic waste in your garden or with a worm composter if you live in an apartment.

  30. Use a rake or an electric leaf blower instead of a gas-powered one.

  31. If planting trees near your house, plant deciduous trees to the south of your house.

  32. Leave grass clippings on your lawn instead of sending them to the landfill.

  33. Use your own mulch or compost on your garden instead of buying fertilizing products.

  34. Walk, cycle or inline skate to work one day a week.

  35. Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents.

  36. Buy an electric bicycle or scooter instead of a car.

  37. Carpool or take transit to work, if possible.

  38. Join a car sharing co-operative instead of owning a car.

  39. Walk or cycle with your children to school, instead of driving.

  40. When driving, do many short-distance errands at once so your engine stays warm.

  41. Purchase vehicle fuel mixed with renewable ethanol.

  42. Drive below 90km/hr to maximize fuel efficiency.

  43. While driving, drive moderately and accelerate slowly.

  44. Schedule regular maintenance checks for your car.

  45. Turn off your car instead of idling for periods longer than 10 seconds.

  46. Travel by train instead of air, when possible.

  47. Buy products that are recyclable.

  48. Buy products that are reusable.

  49. Buy products that have recyclable packaging.

  50. Recycle as much waste as possible.

  51. Buy high quality products that do not need to be replaced regularly.

  52. Plant a tree.