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HABITS FOR HOMES

ENERGY CONSERVATION

You can significantly cut your energy consumption and costs by taking a few simple conservation steps around your home.

Throughout the HouseUse curtains, carpets, furniture and household items and products that contain minimal or no hazardous chemicals or materials. (You will be safer while they are in your home, and they will be safer for our environment when you get rid of them.)

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTES

Storage of Household Hazardous Wastes

Recycling Household Hazardous Wastes

If you have unwanted, leftover or hazardous household products, other than medicine and certain pesticides, ask if a friend, relative or neighbour could make use of them. Or perhaps you can donate paint and other products to community groups, etc. However, be sure to pass them on only in their original labels and with any safety notices or instructional leaflets that came with them.

Disposal of Household Hazardous Wastes

Always read the labels on containers and follow their disposal instructions carefully. Manufacturers often place safe-disposal directions on the labels of hazardous products

Disposal of

... oven cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners, sink drain cleaners, bleaches, rust removers and most other acid and alkali products.

SAFE HOME-MADE ALTERNATIVES

Anyone can easily substitute "old-fashioned," effective cleaning substances that will not harm our environment or ourselves.

WOOD STOVES AND FURNACESBurn only well-seasoned wood that has been dried for at least 6 months.

  • Always pile the wood loosely when loading your unit.
  • Use small loads of wood and fuel your unit frequently, rather than stuffing it with large logs.
  • When adding more wood to a fire, first open the draft control for a few seconds, and then put the wood in quickly.
  • Never damper your unit so much that fires will smoulder because of lack of air. Smouldering fires are bad polluters.
  • Never burn home garbage of any type, or anything other than wood in your unit.
  • When there is little or no wind, try not to burn wood, or at least cut back. Wind disperses the smoke and reduces its environmental impact.
  • Empty the ashes frequently to avoid clogging -air-intake valves.

    INDOOR AIR POLLUTION

    Our well-sealed homes can trap potentially noxious air that could include carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and radon, not to mention dust, smoke, pollen, fungi, molds, bacteria and viruses.

    INDOOR PLANTS AND INSECTS

    Use insecticidal soaps in place of dangerous chemical sprays when dealing with insects on plants in your home. For crawling insects such as earwigs, ants and silverfish, try diatomaceous earth, a non-chemical products.

    HOME REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS

    Repairs and renovations to homes are popular today. But almost everything you tear down or fix can be harmful to the environment and to you.

    HEATING-OILS STORAGE TANKS

    One litre of oil can contaminate up to 2 million litres of water.

    PRACTICE THE 3Rs

    The basic 3 Rs are reduce, re-use and recycle. Various other Rs are added by some organizations, but these three are commonly accepted as the most important. The average Canadian generates almost two kilograms of garbage everyday -- more than any other citizen in the world.

    The best way to lessen that amount is to reduce our consumption of products. Next, we should re-use products as much as possible, before discarding them. And when we recycle items, we are conserving our forestry and metal resources and reducing the pollution caused by manufacturing and by ordinary garbage disposal methods. For example, one family's yearly supply of newspapers can be recycled into almost enough insulation for one house.

    Reduce

    Re-use

    Recycle




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