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Simple Changes Matter to your pocketbook as well!

Stuart Hickox and the team at One Change remind us that there are easy shifts we can make in our lives and in our homes to not only save energy, water and fuel, but these shifts can save us some of our hard-earned money.

We at GreenHeroes work diligently in our own lives and homes to conserve. Here are our five favourite tips from One Change to conserve, conserve, conserve – because, Simple Changes DO Matter.

Get the junk out of your trunk!

Remove unnecessary excess weight from your car, like sports equipment or a roof rack not in use, and you could save up to $50 in fuel per year.

Air dry your laundry

Did you know that your clothes dryer is the second biggest electricity-using appliance in your home (after the refrigerator)? Why not air dry your cloths on a clothesline or drying rack to save as much as $100 on your electricity bill each year?

Stay cool with a ceiling fan

(Incredibly relevant, as many of us just experienced one of the hottest summers on record!)

Instead of A/C, consider installing an ENERGY STAR-qualified ceiling fan, which can cost as little as 10 cents a month in energy. You can even save money in the winter.

Reverse the direction of your ceiling fan motor so that cool air is pushed up towards the ceiling, drawing warm air down into the room.

Rather than cold floors and warm ceilings, you’ll have a more even temperature throughout the room. Now, can your air conditioner do that?

Fill up [your car with fuel] at least 3 days before a holiday

(With Canadian Thanksgiving just around the corner, this tip is very timely!)

To avoid the price bump!

Install a low-flow shower head.

A typical shower can use up to 25 gallons of water. A low-flow shower head can cut that by 50-70%. (And why not increase that efficiency by showering with a friend?)

Remember – in the battle to save the planet, simple actions matter: What simple actions are you taking to help the environment? How are you acting locally to affect global change? Do you know someone who is a small change agent in your community? Share your story here for your chance to win a prize in our contest!

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