Green Tips

Here are some important ways to save energy and money in your home, office and in your community.

At Home

  • Wash clothes in cold water
  • Hang clothes to dry
  • Turn off lights in empty rooms
  • Use motion sensors to turn lights on
  • Plan driving errands to combine trips
  • Walk more, drive less
  • Install Compact Fluorescent lighting (CFL)
  • Turn the thermostat down
  • Unplug AC/DC adapters when batteries are charged
  • Don’t use the dry cycle in the dishwasher
  • Install proper installation
  • Use reusable containers
  • Pick up canned and dry goods once a week or a month
  • Use glass and aluminium
  • Take your shoes off to save the carpet
  • Unplug unused appliances
  • Make cold dinners
  • Use Natural pesticides/fertilizers
  • Buy rechargeable batteries
  • Dispose of batteries properly
  • Buy fruits and vegetables locally

At Work

  • Use recycled paper.
  • Print on both sides of the paper
  • Turn your computer screen off when you leave your desk
  • Use single-serving coffee makers
  • Send electronic instead of paper documents
  • Buy rechargeable batteries
  • Provide ceramic coffee cups to employees
  • Buy equipment and supplies made locally whenever possible
  • Use motion sensors to turn lights on
  • Join a carpool or take public transportation
  • Turn the thermostat down
  • Buy only Energy Star equipment and appliances
  • Use email instead of fax or regular mail when possible
  • Install water filters on water taps, eliminate bottled water
  • Separate recyclable trash from garbage
  • If you don’t turn your computer off, put it in stand-by when you leave
  • Buy natural cleaning products

In the Community

  • Carpool with neighbors to school or the shopping mall
  • Put the leaf blowers away and get out the rakes
  • Water early in the morning or after the sun sets
  • Bring your own bags when shopping
  • Don’t idle at the train station or in parking lots
  • Create a community garden for herbs, fruits and vegetables
  • Recycle dead branches and lawn waste as mulch
  • Ask your local government to institute green policies
  • Form walking/biking clubs
  • Form a subscription club to swap newspapers and magazines
  • Plant more trees
  • BBQ with neighbors to use less propane/charcoal
  • Cut grass less frequently or use a push mower
  • Schedule garage sales on the same day
  • Use reusable dishware for parties
  • Plant indigenous trees and shrubs that need little water
  • Use natural fertilizers and pesticides
  • Collect rainwater in covered containers for plants and trees