How The Average Person Can Make A Difference (These are some of the ways we, in our area of Nova Scotia, can become more environmentally friendly. If you have any suggestions to be considered for this list, email them.)
Eating - Grocery Shopping Shop Less Frequently People living in rural areas may drive to Liverpool or Caledonia for groceries once a week, or perhaps even once every two weeks. This is made possible by stocking up on essentials and planning ahead. People living closer to the supermarkets sometimes drive to these establishments many times each week, not only adding wear and tear to their motor vehicles, but also burning gasoline and polluting the atmosphere. Solution 1: Until you can change the habit of multiple trips to the nearby grocery store, pretend you live in the far northern, eastern or western parts of the municipality, and prepare a shopping list to carry you through an entire week or two. Solution 2: Walk. If you live within a couple of miles of a supermarket, and enjoy frequent shopping, leave the motor vehicle home and walk with a bag or backpack for the groceries. Walking is great exercise so instead of walking for the sake of walking, use your feet to accomplish chores such as grocery shopping. Nothing is more amusing than to see somebody drive a mile or two, get out of their car to walk for exercise, then get back into their car and drive home. Regular exercise can begin with that first step outside the door.
Buy The Biggest Containers To help reduce wrapping materials, purchase the largest size available. Donít settle for a small package, jar, can, bag, etc. if a larger one is available, and it can be used within a reasonable time without loss of quality. Rice, for example, may be purchased in small amounts but it is also offered in large bags of many pounds, and has a long shelf-life. Why buy small containers of yogurt, when it would be just a simple to buy it by the litre and transfer individual portions to small jars or other containers?
Are your appliances energy efficient? Borrow Meter From The T. H. Raddall Library, Church Street, Liverpool Measure your electricity use in real time, using energy meters available at the public library. The device plugs into most household appliances and measures energy use. The energy meters help monitor electricity use and enables you to adjust your behaviour to use less. Borrow a meter today.