10 tips for the day

1.    Take a five-minute shower instead, of spending 15 minutes under the water. If you have a low-flow showerhead, that will use less than half the water, saving around 40 litres each time. Think of a bath as a luxury.
 
2.    Install a low-flow aerator on your showerhead. If you have an old shower, it could cut your water use for that five-minute morning shower down by two-thirds - from 150 litres to 50.
 
3.    Clean and with maintenance your furnace filter – or even replace it if you have to.  A dirty filter forces your furnace to work harder to heat your home. According to the Ontario Conservation Bureau, a clean filter can cut your energy use by five per cent.
 
4.    Doing some laundry? By hanging up your laundry on a clotheshorse or line instead of throwing them in the dryer, you’ll save about 950 kilowatt hours of electricity a year.
 
5.    During the summer, wash, dry and iron in the early morning or evening when the demand on your particular cooling system is less.  But do the same during winter if your heating system is electrical.   Anyway, save moisture-producing activities for cooler times.
 
6.    Check your toilet for leaks by putting dye in the tank. If the colour appears in the bowl within about half an hour, you need to check for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Repairs will cut your water bill.
 
7.    Dripping taps can waste up to 9,000 litres of water each year. If it is cold water the leak will cost less than hot water, but it still will be costing you and your community.

8.    Calculate your ecological footprint – how much water, air and land your personal lifestyle gobbles up. Then, commit to reducing it. You may start by visiting: www.myfootprint.org

9. Use your dishwasher! Energy-efficient automatic dishwashers use half the energy and one-sixth of the water to the old fashioned way, according to a study out of the University of Bonn in Germany. Sometimes it's easy being green.
 
10.  Turn off your lights tonight, from 8 to 9 p.m. But remember to unplug your TV, your computer, your DVD player or just flick off the power bar you have them all plugged into.