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Tired of a White Winter? Try a Green Winter Instead!

Here we are, at the start of a new year. Already half of January has gone by, and winter is starting to establish its grip in Montreal. Despite temperatures dropping below zero, snow and freezing ice pouring down on us, it is still possible to think about the environment. We can start this New Year by having an eco-friendly winter. All that needs being done is changing a few common winter habits.
Habit: Starting your car/idling

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Environmentally Friendly Cooking Tips

Do you love to cook?? Do you love being environmentally friendly ??? Well there is a way for you to be environmentally friendly while you are cooking!! We have all heard, BUY LOCAL, BUY LOCAL, BUY LOCAL !! BUT there are more things which you can do in the kitchen and while you are cooking which helps the environment. The environment needs our help and we have to try to do as much as we can to help the environment. In our homes, offices etc, so in this article I will tell you about how you can be environmentally friendly while you are cooking. I will also talk a bit about which kitchen utensils you can buy which helps the environment.
Energy-Efficient Cooking

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Think Global, Act Local With “Solarize” Campaigns

“Solarize” campaigns are a growing grassroots movement to bring the benefits of solar energy to residential communities through collective purchasing agreements. The Solarize movement began in one neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, in 2009 and has now spread to more than 150 communities throughout Portland and across Oregon and the rest of the United States. Even in areas not traditionally considered “sunny” like the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast, residential solar installations have become an increasingly popular energy source.

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How can I save money, water and the environment by doing my laundry?

Did you know that the average washing machine in America uses about 41 gallons of water per load and is the second largest water user in a typical household? Between the water used for washing machines and electricity used for energy-intensive dryers, laundry accounts for a total of 847,445 million gallons of water, 241 thousand GWh of electricity, and 179 million metric tons of CO2-e emissions in the U.S. each year.
Each load of laundry produces a huge carbon footprint:

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How To Reduce Electric Consumption? Unplug it!

One of the important steps in combating climate change is reducing our electric consumption. Reducing power consumption should strive to reduce devices energy use or simply reduce the time items are consuming electricity ( Floyd and Webber 1998, 1.97). The good news is using less electricity might be much easier than you think.

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The quickest and easiest things we could change to start reducing our carbon footprint in 2015

Green New Years resolutions can be significant.  Here is how my family goes about it.  First my husband and I have to agree on the goal.  Since we are a household, it does no good if I say that we are going to stop using paper towels when my husband will just go and buy more. If it is something that needs to be accomplished together then it’s time to call a family meeting.  Once we all agreed on a goal we make sure it is not so big that we never get around to it.  So let's say my goal is to reduce the household carbon footprint by 20%.  On first look, I don't even know what that means, let alone how to go about doing it, this goal needs to be scaled back in doable steps.  In January, my goal might be to list the quickest, easiest things we can change.

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