More To Explore!
Many things we do everyday creates GHGs. But the good news
is that there are many ways and places where a student's actions
can make a big difference. Exploring these challenges and looking
for new ones can be both fun as well as rewarding.
- Plant a tree.
Planting one tree to shelter a heated building can save
up to 0.1 tonne. Planting an evergreen on the north side
your home can shelter it against cold winter winds and
reduce your home's demand for heat. Similarly, shade
trees on the
south side can help keep your home cooler in summer.
- Compost organic kitchen waste.
Organic waste, such as fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds,
etc., as well as leaf and yard waste, when properly composted,
are transformed into valuable fertilizer for your garden.
If organic waste is sent to landfills, it produces methane
gas, a potent GHG, because, when it is buried, it breaks
down where no oxygen is present. If your family composts,
you will slow the growth of landfills, and reduce your GHGs
by more than 1/8 tonne a year.
- Don't buy disposable items that are used once and then
Buying items that can be reused helps to save energy that is
needed to manufacture, package and send them to market. Not
buying disposable items helps to reduce the amount of landfill
- Recycle everything that you can - newspapers, paper products,
plastics, glass and cans.
Studies show that about 70% of the household waste we put out
for disposal could be either recycled or composted. It takes
half as much energy to recycle newspapers as it does to make
- Give your dishwasher a rest. Save on both water and energy
by washing and drying dishes by hand.
If you fill up half of one side of the sink with soapy warm
water and the other side with rinse water, you use only half
as much water as most dishwashers. If you choose to use the
dishwasher, make certain it is full and that you select the
no-heat or air-drying cycle.
- Take cloth bags or re-use old grocery bags when you go
Reduce GHGs produced in the production of plastic bags, that
are made from oil or natural gas and which, once used, may
end up in a landfill. Remember, it takes one 15-year-old tree
to produce 700 paper bags. Try to buy products that do not
have excess packaging.
- Use a microwave to warm up small amounts of food.
Microwave ovens use about 50% less energy than conventional
ovens. However, for larger amounts of food, conventional
ovens are more efficient
Now that you’ve started ACTing to save energy, you’ll
need to RECORD those ACTions. Click here to see how