The climate crisis can seem overwhelming and make you feel helpless. In order to make your life a little easier we made this checklist of things you can do. We want to encourage everyone to tackle one of these at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed. Take it slow and make habits out of them! Together we can make meaningful change.
In your home:
- Save energy by getting your home checked for air leaks
- This is how you can do it yourself or you can also hire a technician to do a professional energy assessment. Remember this is an investment and it will save money in the long run.
- It is also possible to get certain subventions for your renovations if you have your home evaluated for air leaks both before and after these renovations have taken place. This program is called Rénoclimat.
- The two biggest companies in Quebec that handle these evaluations are Legault-Dubois and 3rEnergy.
- Install an adjustable thermostat and reduce the warmth of your home by one or two degrees
- Avoid using your dryers (air dry clothes instead) and use dryer balls whenever you need to use the dryer
- When buying new appliances make sure that they are energy efficient, you can for example look for the Energy Star label.
- Note that the Energy Star specifications are renewed every year. Newer appliances with the Energy Star label will be more efficient than older appliances.
- Now, windows can have an Energy Star certification as well! If you are looking to change your windows, ensure that they are Energy Star if possible.
- Whenever possible use cold instead of hot water (brushing teeth, washing clothes…)
- Lower your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit
- Use energy efficient light-bulbs
- Invest in renewable energy for your home
With your money
- Be conscious about what you support with your money*
- Buy food locally. For example you can get food delivered from LUFA farms or buy from a local market such as Jean Talon or Atwater.
- Consume less
- Invest in renewable energy and tell your bank that you care about where they invest your money (make sure that these do not include fossil fuels)
- Avoid plastic
With your voice:
- Encourage others to join in this change for a better worlds
- Join a grassroots organization that works against climate change
- Sign petitions to urge the government for a green and just recovery from COVID
With you eating habits
- Reduce the amount of meat in your meals
- Buy organic and local
- Reduce your food waste, compost food scraps
- Grow your own food (it is also a ton of fun to watch your own plants grow)
In your commute
- When buying your next- car opt for a plug-in hybrid
- Take public transit, bike or car-share
- Fly less and offset your emissions (look for gold standard offsets)
In your digital life
- Reduce streaming songs that you like and download instead
- Clean up your email inbox
- Use a search engine that is more sustainable like ecosia for example
EDUCATE YOURSELF!! Simply learning about environmental issues and educating yourself about them gives you just THAT much more power to be able to take a stand against environmental degradation and allows you to be able to spread that new information to your family and friends who can then spread that information further.