Tips for Reducing Your Environmental Impact While Living in Canada

If you are looking to be more environmentally friendly and adopt some new habits, or even make some bigger changes, there are plenty of things you can try if you are living in Canada. Given the focus on climate change and the desire to preserve the Earth’s resources, more people are hoping to make small and large adjustments to their routines and lives to protect the environment.

If you would like some ideas to begin your journey to lessening your environmental impact, consider the following tips, both large and small:

Make Older Buildings, Including Homes, More Environmentally Friendly

One large way to lessen your environmental impact is to make your home more eco-friendly. If you already own your home, you can do some smaller things around the house like swap out old incandescent light bulbs for newer LED bulbs and adding insulation to prevent heat and cooling leakage.

If you don’t yet own your home, and are looking to buy, there are plenty of homes for sale in Vancouver that you can adapt to be more environmentally friendly. If you are purchasing a home (or looking to work on larger projects in the home you already own), you can add solar panels, install new windows to further prevent heat and cooling leakage, or purchase environmentally friendly appliances, such as a solar hot water heater or high efficiency (HE) appliances.    

Adopt Environmentally Friendly Transportation

A common form of transportation is a personal gas-powered vehicle. If you find yourself relying on your car to get places in Canada, consider whether you can reduce your reliance on gas or even get by without your gas vehicle all together.

To do this, you may consider using public transportation and take the bus or train when possible. You may even be able to walk or bike to places that are only a short distance from your home. 

If you need to replace your vehicle, consider an electric vehicle, as Canada begins to set mandated electric vehicle sales targets (which is already in effect in Quebec) and auto manufacturers will be required to sell an increasing number of electric vehicles as a proportion of their total sale.  

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

And finally, consider the small day-to-day impact of your activities on the environment. Make a point to recycle everything that is admissible by your city or town recycling system. What cannot be recycled, perhaps can be composted. 

If items cannot be recycled or composted, make an attempt to reuse them in new and original ways. Can old clothing that can’t be donated be turned into rags for cleaning? Can jars or plastic containers be used for storage in a shed or workshop?

Also strive to reduce your consumption in general. The less you buy overall, the less you will have to recycle, donate, or trash. Consider, in addition, swapping single-use items for reusable items, like reusable shopping bags or wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.

There are so many ways to reduce your environmental impact while living in Canada. From large home projects, such as installing solar panels, to small swaps in your daily life, there are many options for being environmentally friendly. 

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