Baby green steps
This week’s Hot Home Products column, which you’ll find in the
print edition of the Toronto Star on Saturday, focuses on small steps homeowners can take to lighten their carbon load, courtesy of enviro expert Leslie Garrett and Just Green Energy, which sells carbon offset packages:
“Making just a few small changes in your daily activities and a
major shift in mindset can make a huge difference toward reducing and even eutralize your household carbon footprint,” says Garrett, who also suggests that you:
Watch what you eat
Going meatless even just one day a week can help reduce
global warming. She also advises shopping the perimeter of the store, where you'll find more non-processed foods, which require less shipping and petroleum-fueled transportation.
Use a bicycle for trips less than ten kilometers
– you’ll be healthier and so will the planet!
Whenever possible, do errands that require a car in one
Cut back on your visits by car to the grocery store. Make just
one visit a week instead of three. Walk there for smaller loads.
Watch the temperature
Turn your thermostat up in summer and down in winter by
just a degree or two for major reduction in energy use.
Investing in energy efficient appliances can reduce your energy
bill by up to whopping 60 per cent. Washing in cold water whenever possible will save another 10 per cent.
Consider carbon offsets
Embrace an Earth Week mindset all year long by investing in
carbon offsets — which cost as little as $10 a month — to neutralize your carbon footprint.