Four green energy actions you can take today!

World Environment Day (June 5) is here and it’s a great time to reflect on what you can do to reduce your environmental footprint. Here are 4 choices that you can make that will help get Canada on track to meeting all our needs from renewable energy!
1. Use Less Energy at Home and Work by Choosing a More Moderate Room Temperature. Heating and cooling our homes and workplaces uses a lot of energy and is a significant source of  emissions.  Reduce your emissions and energy use by setting your AC a few degrees higher this summer and your heating a few degrees lower in the winter.
2. Choose Renewable Energy at Home. Electricity generation in Canada accounts for 15% of our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. If you live in a province that relies on fossil fuels (like coal and natural gas) for electricity, you can make a big difference by choosing to power your home with renewable energy.
Yes, that could mean installing solar panels, but it could also mean subscribing to a provider like Bullfrog Power, who will ensure that green electricity is injected onto the grid to match the amount of power your home uses.
Bullfrog Power is giving WWF supporters a special offer: for each product – like green electricity – you choose for your home, you will receive a $25 credit toward your Bullfrog account. Use the promo code: WWF13 when you sign up.

(C) Global Warming images, WWF-Canon
(C) Global Warming images, WWF-Canon

3. Use Your Car Less. For many, transportation is the single biggest part of their environmental footprint – personal transportation contributes 12% of Canada’s total GHG emissions. There are many ways to reduce emissions from transportation (starting with travelling less), but of course each depends on where you live and what your needs are. Since June happens to be Bike Month, why not tune-up your bike and take it out for a test drive for shorter distance commutes? Carpooling and public transit are other great alternatives that will reduce your emissions and Car Sharing provides you with a car when you need it – allowing you to get rid of your secondary or primary vehicle for good!
4. Choose a more efficient (or better yet, electric) car. We know that not everyone can go carless, but there are still alternative options! Hybrid or Electric Vehicles can reduce your emissions (and gas use) by up to 80% depending on the vehicle and the province in which you live.