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Stuart’s not willing to sit still on conservation. He told us himself in his guest blog that he’s got bigger and brighter ideas. He also tweeted about it on September 20, 2010: “Suddenly, I’m Mr. Power Bar. Nice to be recognized as ‘the man who introduced Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs to Ottawa’ but that’s so 2008.”

He’s referring to a great article about his work in the Ottawa Citizen that offers other ways to reduce energy, and his message is clear: it’s not just about the bulbs. It’s about the actions and the future steps we continue to take to impact change.

One Change has come a long way since it handed out the first light bulb in 2006, but their latest project uses the same innovative method of community engagement. The fuel efficiency initiative is a neat project that visits various community hotspots and hands out miniature fuel gauges to the public, to encourage them to measure their tire pressure.

We didn’t realize the impact tire pressure can have on the amount of carbon we emit, but the numbers are quite dramatic: due to low tire pressure, Canadian drivers waste enough fuel each year to fill 257 Olympic sized swimming pools. 23% of vehicles have at least one tire under-inflated by more than 20%, and 70% of vehicles have at least one tire with an inflation problem.

Don’t panic, because we’ve got some good news: with the help of loads of volunteers, the initiative has already distributed nearly 20,000 gauges. They’re also encouraging us to save fuel in other ways. Want one yourself? Pick up a tire gauge at a local event. Want to take another action? Visit our Simple Changes Matter campaign page.

Psst! Here’s how-to check your tire gauge:

1. Pick up a tire gauge and keep it handy (how about on your key chain?)

2. Find the proper tire pressure for your vehicle (found in the owner’s manual)

3. Find an air pump, such as those found at gas stations (usually for free!)

4. Remove the small cap on your tire’s air valve and press tire gauge onto the valve (this is where the “Psst!” comes into play – it’s a sound you might hear)

5. Compare – is your current tire pressure matched to the manual suggestion?

• too low? Pump it up

• too high? Release some air

6. Follow all the steps for each tire

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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GreenHero Stuart Hickox is the founder and President of One Change. What moved Stuart to action was a feeling of anxiety that many of us can relate to, a sense that some environmental issues and disasters feel too big to tackle.

But Stuart’s story is one of transformation, as his light bulb moment led him to quit his job in marketing and to take on One Change as a full-time project. Shortly before founding the organization, Stuart was already busy planning his first major campaign: Project Porchlight.

Project Porchlight and the new fuel efficiency initiative are such simple ideas, and that’s why Stuart’s an inspirational GreenHero to us. His campaigns hand us the tools to take action, so that each of us can transform our thoughts into action.

Stuart took time out of his busy campaign schedule to send us his personal thoughts on moving beyond the light bulb, because though these actions may be small, millions of them put together can have huge reverberations.


Frankly, at One Change, we were getting tired of talking about light bulbs anyway. Vampire Load is so much sexier.

Buffy may be off the air, and I’m not buff enough to cameo on True Blood, but I’m welcoming the opportunity to represent One Change not as “the bulb guy” but as “the Slayer.”

Did you know that 15-20% of household energy use is power that is consumed by stuff that’s turned off?

All day, every day, a little trickle of power is being sucked from items like cell phone chargers, TVs, computers – yes, even when they are turned off!

You can slay Vampire Load by installing a power bar. Just turn it off when you’re done. Or install a smart power bar like “Trickle Star” that automatically turns off secondary devices like the DVD player when you turn off the TV. Fight Vampire Load and you can save up to $200 per year. Easy! Now I just need to practice my pout and start wearing all black.

Psst! If hunting Vampires isn’t your thing, consider checking your tire pressure. Or, better yet, volunteer to hand out some of the 150,000 digital tire pressure gauges One Change is distributing across Ontario this fall with Canadian Tire. Checking pressure regularly can help you save up to $60 per year on gas, cut emissions, and helps prevent accidents.

And, well, if you don’t have a car, you can still replace those wasteful incandescent bulbs…Simple Actions Matter!

Stuart Hickox, Founder and President of One Change


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!

GreenHeroes.tv is all about saving the planet, one story at a time. Do you have a great story to tell about how you’re helping to make the world a greener place? Enter the contest to nominate a friend or yourself – you could be one of Canada’s next GreenHeroes!

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It doesn’t take much change to make a huge impact on the planet. Making a few small changes in your everyday life can lead to major reductions in carbon emissions, leave you with a smile on your face, and put money back into your pocket too. Challenge yourself by checking off tips from our top-ten checklist to minimize your carbon footprint. Source: www.climatecrisis.net

1. Change your lightsCompact fluorescent light bulbs are more energy efficient than regular light bulbs, meaning you have to replace them less often. Switching one light bulb saves 150 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. One of our premium GreenHeroes webisodes features Stuart, who has the bright idea.

2. Drive less – Though sometimes you need to drive, it’s not always essential. Consider walking, biking, public transit, or carpooling. Every mile not driven saves 1 pound of carbon dioxide.

3. Recycle, reduce, reuse – By recycling half of your household waste, you can save 2,400 pounds of CO2 per year. Did you know that it takes 95% less energy to recycle aluminum than to make it from raw materials?

4. Check your tires – Properly inflated tired can improve gas mileage by more than 3%, meaning you save money and the environment. Every litre of gasoline saved keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

5. Use less hot water – Warm showers can be heavenly, but simply installing a low flow showerhead can save 350 pounds of CO2 per year, and washing your clothes in cold water can save 500 pounds per year. Check out how much power it takes to heat up your shower

6. Avoid buying packaged products – Pack a reusable mug for coffee and tote bags for grocery shopping. Cutting down household garbage by 10% keeps 1,200 pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere.

7. Adjust your thermostat – Reducing your thermostat by 2 degrees in winter, and raising it by 2 degrees in summer saves 2,000 pounds of CO2 a year!

8. Planting and protecting trees – Trees are some of the most important natural warming mitigators. One tree absorbs a ton of CO2 over its lifetime.

9. Turn off electronics when you aren’t using them – Here’s a trick: plug them all into a single power bar, so that you don’t have to unplug each individual device. Switching off unused electronics can save up to an amazing 20% on home energy use.

10. Go meatless – If you don’t want to become a complete vegetarian, try this: meatless Mondays! Skipping meat one day a week saves over 35,000 gallons of water, and 5,000 pounds of CO2 per year. You know who is a vegetarian? Leilani Munter!

Are you working in a particularly polluting industry? Are you feeling guilty about the fossil fuel and oil you are emitting as a result? Like Leilani, are you doing something to offset or lessen this negative impact on the environment? Share your Oil Changer story here for your chance to win a prize in our contest.

GreenHeroes.tv is all about saving the planet, one story at a time. Do you have a great story to tell about how you’re helping to make the world a greener place? Enter the contest to nominate a friend or yourself – you could be one of Canada’s next GreenHeroes!

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Read our blog to keep up-to-date on GreenHeroes Campaigns

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