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Reducing our Footprint

Trying to reduce our energy use one thing at a time.

I did a carbon footprint calculator for our household. It seems like we are below the average Canadian households footprint. For monetary and environmental reasons we still want to improve. One of the ways to control the footprint is by lowering our utility usage. We are not going to pay a company to offset our carbon or pay $$$$$ to put solar panels on our roof (yet). First the smaller more affordable changes will be tried.

Winter is approaching and a great motivator to reduce our hydro and electric costs. Thursday we had our ducts cleaned in the hopes that’ll help. Too bad the kids aren’t on board…I still have to finish the window insulation film but we already can tell a difference from the windows that are done. This weekend the furnace filter will be changed. We are considering buying a reusable filter. A heat pump is ultimately what we want to have so if we buy one soon then a permanent filter would be a poor investment.

We will be changing our thermostat to a 7 day programmable digital thermostat by Honeywell. The model we want is touch screen and has a vacation mode. The idea of not having to re-program every time we go on vacation seems like a wonderful idea!They claim it can reduce heating costs by up to 33%. I would be happy with a reduction enough to pay for itself in say less than two years. That seems reasonable to me.

In this past year we have switched from a desktop to a laptop; replaced two tube tv’s with lcd’s (one new, one used);  and updated a chandelier with burned out bulbs with new LED decorative candles that apparently are way better but cost a small fortune.I’m hoping that all of these little changes will make an overall difference.

Any energy-saving tips?


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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