Individual action

Publication - March 25, 2008
Take responsibility for your personal contribution to global warming. Conserve energy and help stop climate change at home, at work and in between. Here is a quick list of things you can do to reduce your impact.

1. Don’t drive

Instead, take public transportation, walk or bike. If you must drive, carpool. Make sure to check fuel efficiency before buying a new car.

2. Keep heat in

There are a lot of things you can do around your home to cut down on energy use and save on heating costs. Simple steps like super-insulated glazing for windows and additional roof insulation can make a big difference. Get more information from the federal government about how you can make your home more energy efficient.

3. Buy efficient appliances

In Canada, the Energy Star symbol is a good indication that an appliance is energy efficient. Dryers in particular are extremely energy intensive. Whenever you can, avoid using the dryer and hang your clothes up to dry naturally. Read a detailed list of steps you can take around your home to help stop climate change.

4. Explore clean energy

There are clean energy options available across Canada to home and business owners. Solar power in particular offers a number of options for heating and hot water. For more information about solar energy, please visit the Canadian Solar Industries Association.

5. Order a copy of the Greenpeace Living Guide

Learn how to become an everyday activist and get tips on green living. Canadian author and activist Maude Barlow calls the guide a "must read for every Canadian." Read more about it