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CFL Bulbs Energy-Saving Campaign

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/16 at 12:28 PM
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Project Porchlight is an energy-saving campaign that has just been launched by SaskPower Eneraction and the non-profit environmental organization One Change. The goal is to make an environmental difference by distributing 200,000 free compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to household across Saskatchewan this fall and then about another 200,000 in 2009.

“If you can change a light bulb, you can really make a difference,” said Stuart Hickox, the executive director of One Change.

“If every household in Canada replaced a wasteful, incandescent bulb ... with a (CFL) bulb, the reduction and pollution from power generation would be the equivalent of taking 66,000 cars off the road,” he said to hundreds of spectators in front of F.W. Hill Mall.

The organization is also working on another campaign that will help with fuel efficiency.
“It’s called Get the Gauge,” Hickox said. “If every driver in Canada just kept their tires properly inflated, Canadians would save $1 billion a year on gas, and it would cut 2.8 megatonnes of greenhouse gases.”

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Low-Energy Light Bulbs Have Improved

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/16 at 12:08 PM
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The technology of energy-saving light bulbs continues to improve. There is really no excuse for using energy wasting bulbs anymore.

– Current low-energy light bulbs now reach their full brightness in a matter of seconds.
– Using low-energy light bulbs can reduce CO2 emissions by about 80%. They are also very cost efficient in the long run.
– The light emitted by low-energy light bulbs is no longer so harsh.
– Energy-saving light bulbs convert nearly all the power they consume into light, rather than heat.
– There is now much more variety in the energy-saving light bulbs available – both in type of light they produce and the shape and size of bulbs.
– By using a low-energy light bulb, you are using less fossil fuel.
– LED light is the light of the future.
– Dichroic halogen bulbs are more efficient than regular halogen bulbs.
– Old-fashioned incandescent globes are being phased out and in Europe.
– Mercury in CFL bulbs should not be a cause for concern or an excuse. Cleaning up any type of broken light bulb should be done with care.
– There are various brands of low-energy bulbs that are compatible with dimmers.

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Reduce Smog – Check Your Vehicle

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/16 at 11:56 AM
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Giving your personal car, van, SUV or truck a regular check-up goes a long way in reducing the pollution it puts out into the environment. It is our responsibility to make sure that our vehicles are in the best shape they can be in. It should not only be our personal driving safety that we are concerned about, but also the health of our environment.

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GM Supports Environmental Education

Posted by Environment Smart on 09/15 at 05:22 PM

The environment is an important issue in the classroom these days, and teachers are always looking for current resource material. There is a wealth of good lesson plans and activities out there, but it is nice to see a large corporation doing its part in educating our youth about helping the environment.

General Motors has a dedicated site that offers what appears to be excellent units that can be used for teaching a number of subject areas. GM has also lately teamed up with Weekly Reader (online education magazine) for a more direct approach.

“As global energy demands continue to increase, GM is committed to doing its part to offer solutions by developing vehicles that can be powered by many different energy sources including E85 ethanol, diesel, electricity and hydrogen,” said Elizabeth A. Lowery, GM vice president, Environment, Energy and Safety Policy. “Young people today have an opportunity to be part of the movement that develops solutions to these energy issues, and GM’s commitment to education in the areas of math, science and technology is aimed at encouraging them to be a part of that effort.”



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