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Showing posts with label clean energy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label clean energy. Show all posts

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Welcome to deregulated energy markets! If you're a regular reader then you know I feel pretty strongly about the power of us putting our dollars where our beliefs are. If we want a future fueled by clean energy, we need to buy clean energy. And, thanks to the deregulation of energy markets, that's more possible than ever. I've already introduced you to several US providers and have shared resources for finding providers outside the US. Today, meet Alberta Energy Providers - serving Canada, British Columbia and the United States. 

Here's a little advice from them on reducing your carbon footprint: 

1. Find the best energy company

Your probably want to get your power from an electric company that is just as concerned as you are about the size of their carbon footprint. Therefore, even though you are not in control of their systems, you can help by only using environmentally friendly energy providers. There are lots of them out there, but finding them can be tricky. Look for companies listed on the Alberta Energy Providers exchange. They work hard to produce energy that is as clean as possible. If you have any questions or concerns about the energy company's stance on reducing their carbon footprint, simply ask them about it.

2. Make sure your lightbulbs are CFLs

Does this seem like outdated advice? Maybe. But it still matters. So if you haven't already done so, go through your house and replace all of your old light bulbs with the compact fluorescent light bulbs. These bulbs are known to produce the same amount of light while reducing your carbon footprint. Also, people are finding that by using only those types of bulbs, they are able to save money on their electric bills.

3. Use low-flow faucets

With low flow faucets, your experience in the shower won't change but you really will be using less water. Your water bill will quickly decrease because of this, as well as your carbon footprint.

4. Unplug your gadgets and small appliances

Again, this is a small but mighty change that will reduce your carbon footprint while also saving you money. If you use an electric toaster, toaster oven or kettle, these are easy to unplug between uses. And it's actually good for your gadgets to be completely powered down regularly.

5. Carpool and/or use public transit

The benefits of carpooling are quite simple to see. One car uses less gas than two and much less than three. Similarly, riding the bus or train to work helps to reduce the number of cars on the road.

6. Re-use, repurpose and upcycle whenever you can

Instead of buying brand new wrapping paper or gift bags, make your own gift bag. You can use just about any paper that you already have sitting around the house, including pages from an old book. With some cutting, folding, and taping, you can create packaging as unique as the gift you're giving!

Reducing your carbon footprint in a big way is all about making a lot of smaller positive changes. So, what are you waiting for? This is something that you can start putting into place as of right now.

Don't waste your vote: Week 41

Week 41 goals: 

  1.  November 8 is about more than the presidential race
  2.  There are LOTS of ballot measures related to environmental protection
  3.  Do a little research and use your vote to elect representatives who will fight for the air you breath 

One of the biggest changes I've made in the last year is switching to a clean energy provider. For the average US consumer, this wasn't possible until pretty recently. Why? Because it wasn't in the best interest of big oil and gas to allow clean energy to be easily accessible or affordable.

The upcoming US election has been dominated by divisive candidate issues, but there’s one thing that we should all be able to agree on: the quality of the air we breathe is pretty important. On November 8, your vote can elect representatives who get it. If you have kids, vote as if your child’s health depends on it. Because it does. Here’s why:

CLEAN AIR. Vote to stop wrecking the air we breathe. Pollution from fossil fuels leads to poor air quality in too many communities. And increases in smog can trigger asthma attacks and exacerbate other chronic health problems. Don't sit on your couch and let your right to breathe decent air be voted away to protect corporate profits.

CLIMATE CHANGE. The same pollution that's damaging lungs is linked to rising temperatures and extreme weather events. And our changing climate is, in turn, making smog worse. The overall effect is an increase in respiratory health threats. Vote for candidates who support proposals to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. And vote for candidates and measures that put the US on a clean energy path. PLEASE PLEDGE TO VOTE.

Clean Air Moms Action is the political action partner of Moms Clean Air Force. Their goal: build strong, bipartisan support to protect kids from the health impacts of air pollution – including the urgent crisis of our changing climate. By cultivating unlikely political support and mobilizing an army of concerned parents, they're working to deliver climate change solutions big and small.

This fall, Clean Air Moms Action is traveling the country with a documentary film crew capturing the stories of parents who are fighting to protect their children from the effects of exposure to oil and gas productions, high-tide flood waters and ground water contamination from coal ash waste sites. 

Join them and pledge to vote on November 8! 

If you can vote in the US, please don't waste the privilege. It's not just about a president. Google "Preview my ballot" to see who (and what) else you're voting for next month. Use BallotReady to research every name and every issue on your ballot. And to get a sense of what other states are voting on, take a look at the issues by topic here

Finally, get involved and spread the word. Join the #CleanAirMomsVote selfie project! Print out the Because I Love sign, fill in the blank, and post it to social media with the hashtag #CleanAirMomsVote. And search #CleanAirMomsVote to find out what other moms are doing!

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This post was produced with support from Clean Air Moms Action. All opinions are, of course, my own.

Trimming my waste: Week 8 (clean energy)

Goals - Week 8:
  1. Reduce my household carbon footprint
  2. Spend my money on renewable energy
  3. Walk the damn walk
Stretch goal: Get everyone else to switch!  :)