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Ten Things You Can Do
What if changing a light bulb could change the world?
We can work as hard as possible at more sustainable practices in everything from policy to municipal buildings, but the defining expression of our water, waste, and energy give and take presence on this planet lies in our homes, within our families, and in our daily lives.
For example, today, 17% of all energy used in Canada goes toward running our homes. Alberta's homes generate 3% of the province's greenhouse gas emissions – but they also drive demand for electricity (22% of emissions) and transportation (14% of emissions). In Okotoks, residences consume 87% of our water supply and generate 100% of the waste stream collected by the Town. What we personally choose to do to tread a bit more lightly is central to the success of Sustainable Okotoks.
Let's start small. Make some lifestyle modifications. Invest in products or technology that save you money long-term. Sustain the momentum by challenging yourself and others to add to success. From evolution are sewn the seeds of change….and progress. It all begins by changing a light bulb. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a first step.
There are an imaginative range of actions you and your household can take. Here's 10 practical, affordable actions you can take with good return on investment in terms of cost savings and solid greenhouse gas emissions reductions.
1. Use water responsibly, it is our most precious resource.
2. Minimize waste bound for the landfill, recycle and compost your waste whenever possible.
3. Ensure efficient use of energy whether electricity, natural gas and renewable energy sources.
4. Power of the consumer
5. Changes in your own backyard.
6. Drive an energy efficient vehicle
7. Alternatives to the car
8. Consider supplying all or some of your energy needs with renewable energy sources.
9. Support the protection and rehabilitation on our environmentally sensitive areas, riparian zones and wildlife habitats.
10. Consider the impact idling has on climate change and your air quality. Don't idle your vehicle.