Earth Day (April 22). Small things you can do to make a difference.

April 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager,

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by showing your support for the environment. Some people may think they can’t do enough to make a difference, but often it’s the smallest acts that make the biggest impact. Here are some ideas you can try around your home and neighbourhood to participate in one of the biggest environmental events around the globe. You can do your part to save the planet…and that can also save you money.

  • Do an energy audit. Look around your house for places you can save energy—turn off lights when leaving a room, recycle, bring reusable bags when shopping, run the dishwasher only when it’s full, wash large loads of laundry using cold water, and much more. You’ll be surprised by how quickly the savings can add up!
  • Get an energy rebate. When you replace your heating/cooling system, windows, doors, lighting or make other energy efficient improvements to your home, you may be eligible for an energy rebate. Visit your local provincial government web site for more details. You can also save money when you purchase energy saving major appliances—check out for special offers at retailers including Home Depot and Canadian Tire.
  • Go green! Green products are more readily available and are also becoming more affordable. From cleaning supplies to laundry detergent to organic food, today it’s easier than ever to “go green”. Look for coupons for these products at your local retailers such as Wal-Mart and visit for even more savings.
  • Organize a “Clean Our Street” Day. This is a perfect Earth Day event! Get the kids involved in a neighbourhood cleanup by picking up garbage on the streets, lawns and local parks. Post flyers around your area to encourage everyone to join the fun—it could turn into a block party and become an annual event.
  • Park your car. Leave your car at home and take public transportation to work, and instead of driving the kids to school, try walking or biking. After Earth Day, leave the car at home one day a week and arrange to carpool with colleagues. On weekends, be sure to plan the route for your errands to minimize car usage.
  • Buy in bulk. Buying food, cleaning supplies, laundry products and other items in bulk saves on the amount of packaging you have to throw away. Grocery retailers like Loblaws have more and more options for buying in bulk.  Look for their flyer on
  • Use reusable containers. Stock up on reusable containers for storage, packing leftovers, and taking lunches to school and work (just be sure to bring them back home!). Stores like Zellers and Solutions offer low prices on these items—see their flyer on

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