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Simple Climate Protection Action Tips

CLIMATE PROTECTION ACTION TIPS
Small steps to help make Vancouver the cleanest, greenest, healthiest city in the world.
ON THE ROAD
Leave your car at home
If you drive to work fi ve days a week, leaving
your vehicle at home for one of those
days means you cut your driving by 20%.
Infl ate your tires
An improperly infl ated tire can reduce fuel
economy, increase tire wear and could be a
safety hazard. Your vehicle’s recommended
tire pressures can normally be found inside
the driver’s door frame or on the fuel cap.
The pressure shown on the tire itself is
a maximum safe pressure, not the
recommended pressure.
Stop idling
Idling will waste more fuel than turning
off your engine and restarting it. Idling
can lead to maintenance problems, engine
deposits and a fi ne from the City.
Buy a fuel effi cient car
You can save thousands of dollars on your
vehicle’s purchase price as well as annual
fuel bills by buying a smaller, more effi cient
daily-use vehicle.
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AT HOME
Install a programmable thermostat
or lower it by 3°C
For every 1°C you lower your thermostat,
you save 2–3% on your heating bill.
Programmable thermostats are easy to install.
Install low-fl ow shower heads
Hot water accounts for a quarter of home
energy use and hot showers are a main
culprit. A low-fl ow shower head uses 60%
less hot water and could save you $200/
year.* Vancouverites can get a complete
water saver kit from City Hall for only $12.
Switch to cold water washing
Between 80 and 90% of the energy used
to wash clothes goes into heating water.
New detergents have been developed to
work in colder water.
Get an home energy evaluation
A home energy evaluation will give you
unbiased and professional advice on what
you can do to reduce your monthly utility
bills while making your home more comfortable
and healthier at the same time.

Small steps to help make Vancouver and it’s suburbs the cleanest, greenest, healthiest city in the world.

ON THE ROAD

  • Leave your car at home If you drive to work fi ve days a week, leaving your vehicle at home for one of those days means you cut your driving by 20%.
  • Infl ate your tires An improperly infl ated tire can reduce fuel economy, increase tire wear and could be a safety hazard. Your vehicle’s recommended tire pressures can normally be found inside the driver’s door frame or on the fuel cap. The pressure shown on the tire itself is a maximum safe pressure, not the recommended pressure.
  • Stop idling Idling will waste more fuel than turning off your engine and restarting it. Idling can lead to maintenance problems, engine deposits and a fi ne from the City. Buy a fuel effi cient car You can save thousands of dollars on your vehicle’s purchase price as well as annual fuel bills by buying a smaller, more effi cient daily-use vehicle.

AT HOME

  • Install a programmable thermostat or lower it by 3°C  For every 1°C you lower your thermostat, you save 2–3% on your heating bill.  Programmable thermostats are easy to install.
  • Install low-fl ow shower heads Hot water accounts for a quarter of home energy use and hot showers are a main culprit. A low-fl ow shower head uses 60% less hot water and could save you $200/year. In Vancouver you can get a complete water saver kit from City Hall for only $12.
  • Switch to cold water washing Between 80 and 90% of the energy used to wash clothes goes into heating water. New detergents have been developed to work in colder water.
  • Get an home energy evaluation A home energy evaluation will give you unbiased and professional advice on what you can do to reduce your monthly utility bills while making your home more comfortable and healthier at the same time.
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September 11, 2009 - Posted by | LEED, Sustainable Community Development

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