Individual consumption also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, and individual action can help to reduce them. If we each do our part, we can make a meaningful difference, at home and on the road.
- Did you know 40 per cent of all electricity used to power electronics is consumed when the products are turned off? Unplug your cell and laptop chargers when you're not using them. Plug your computer, TV and home entertainment centre into a power bar you can time or switch off so they won't use power when you're sleeping or at work.
- Install an energy-efficient furnace, air conditioner, water heater and appliances and improve doors, windows, seals and insulation. You’ll reduce your emissions and your monthly bills.
- Use a programmable thermostat. Lower the temperature at night or when you are away, and lower the temperature on your hot water heater.
- Install dimmers and remember to switch lights off when you're not in the room.
- You can recycle much more than paper, glass, tin and plastic. Paint, tires, used oil, electronics, fluorescent bulbs and chemicals are all recyclable.
On the road
Transportation accounts for 14 per cent of Saskatchewan's GHG emissions. Saskatchewan has a number of options and recommendations to help people reduce their personal carbon footprint.
- Don't idle your car while you're waiting to pick someone up or when you park to run an errand – or for more than a few minutes before you drive in the winter. A vehicle idling for 10 minutes a day uses more than 100 litres of fuel in a year.
- Invest in a fuel-efficient car, keep your tire pressure up, and better yet, drive less. Carpool, hop the bus, walk and bike more. Check our local car share co-operatives, city bus schedules, and consider biking or walking when possible.