Privacy Policy

At home

Energy Conservation

General

  • During winter, lower your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower. In the summer, set it to 78 degrees or higher.
  • Replace incandescent with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Use dimmers on existing incandescent bulbs.
  • Turn off TVs and lights when you leave the room or aren't using them.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated to match standards based on your region, weather and construction design.

Kitchen

  • Dry items in your dishwasher simply by opening the door and not using a 'high temp' option.
  • Boil water in a pot on the stove instead of using a kettle.
  • Use smaller appliances such as the microwave or toaster instead of the oven.

Bathroom

  • Use a low-flow showerhead.
  • Take short showers instead of baths.
  • Install dual-flow toilets to reduce the amount of water used per flush

Basement

  • Insulate your water heater and all water piping.
  • Clean and replace your furnaces filter, and clean your ducts every few years.
  • Move items from your freezers/refrigerators to your cold room/cantina (if possible).

At work

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Heating & cooling

  • Make sure all windows and doors are closed during off hours, and only open when necessary during open hours.
  • Consider using a heat recovery system, which can save up to 60%-70% of lost heat through your ventilation system through air-to-air exchange system.
  • Use sunlight instead of turning on the heat, where applicable.
  • Reduce air conditioner usage in summer.

Lighting

  • Open blinds and shades instead of turning on lights where you can.
  • Replace incandescent with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Use LED signage, monitors and holiday lights.
  • Use occupancy/motion sensors for areas of your office to automate when lights shut off.

Equipment

  • Turn all computers and network peripherals off at day end.
  • Use energy efficient devices and replace all CRT screens with LCD/LED.
  • Use a humidity control system to control your freezers or cold rooms by a few degrees.

Facilities

  • Check for leaks in you compressed air systems.
  • Take part in a recycling program and make sure all lighting, appliances and electronics are recycling if possible.
  • Consider investing in a solar panel system, as it will provide long term energy efficiency.
  • Using energy efficient toilet and drainage systems can reduce wasted water from your building.

Your vehicle

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General

  • Try and carpool whenever you get the chance to reduce the number of cars on the road.
  • Make sure your tires are always filled with air, which increases movement efficiency.
  • Clear out all heavy items in your truck and backseat, so that you are not being weighed down.
  • Have regular maintenance on your vehicle to make sure that everything is working to the best performance.
  • In the long term, you may want to consider investing in a 'hybrid' or other fuel source vehicle, as it will significantly reduce your energy costs and emission output.

Winter

  • Installing winter tires will help increase movement efficiency and mileage, that way your vehicle is not working harder to push forward than it should.
  • Park your car in the garage (if possible) so that it is cleaned off and easier to drive than if it was in the snow.
  • Do not warm your vehicles up by turning on the heat and idling, as you waste gas and heighten the vehicle's emissions - simply driving right after turning on the ignition will warm the vehicle up just as well.
  • Find alternate routes to your destination, as spending time in traffic not only wastes gas, but will likely force you to use more heat.
  • When using the heat, try and regulate it throughout the vehicle and slowly turn it down over time or redirect it to the defogger (front and back) if needed.

Summer

  • Try not to drive faster than highway limits (55mi/h or 100km/h) as it causes you to lose your fuel efficiency.
  • Do not use the air conditioning on days where the wind or cooler air will suffice.
  • If you must use the air conditioning, try and have it regulate throughout the car and lower the temperate over time.

Everyday

  • Separate your recyclable and compost material from your garbage in order to reduce landfill waste.
  • When shopping, use the least amount of plastic bags possible or use recyclable bags that can be used over again.
  • Use products made of recycled (FSC) paper, or biodegradable materials.