Canada is a first world country that is at the forefront of cutting down carbon emissions and encouraging a green lifestyle. Solar technology, wind power, electric cars – all of these amazing technological developments are starting to find a serious foothold in Canada. But what can the average Canadian do to help to save the planet? Perhaps a few tricks from the third world can help.
Firstly, let’s consider some options for saving on your heating costs for those who have to contend with bitter cold. There are a few little tricks in impoverished countries that might help lower your costs and your impact. First up, keep your geyser warm. The pipes that speed the hot water around your home are thin and often lead to the water losing a lot of heat on the journey from the geyser to the tap. Use old clothes and blankets to wrap your pipes, so that heat is saved. Also, check the insulation along the links of the pipes. Doing this properly means that you can afford to lower your thermostat, reducing costs and your electricity demands. The next tip is about personal warmth. Heaters and electric blankets are great, but they burn fuel, be it oil, coal, or electricity. Why not go old school and use more blankets. Layering blankets will insulate you from the bitterest cold, and encourage companionship. Also, blankets made from recycled materials are available, which also means lowered environmental impact during production.
The converse is true, and there are lots of ways to keep yourself cool that won’t impact on your wallet or the world’s climate. In countries without air conditioning, the easiest answer is to open a window. The breeze is often enough to cool you down, especially in Canada’s temperate climate. Drinking lots of water will also help ease the discomfort during warm spells. And finally, go for a swim. This is a great family activity that promotes good health and an active lifestyle, and it will definitely keep you cool!
Sometimes the easiest solutions are to be found around the house. Look for easy ways to cut down your green footprint. Switch off appliances, have a candlelit dinner, read instead of watching TV, carpool, walk more, use your own shopping bags … the list is endless. Keep it simple; make it a lifestyle, and help to save the world from itself and us.
This guest post was written by Victoria. She is a freelance writer who is learning about employment in Canada.
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