November 17, 2009
The clothes dryer is one of the biggest energy hogs in your home; clotheslines can save a heap of money and energy. But what about those cold winter days, when hanging clothes out isn’t very pleasant?
Consider portable or retractable clotheslines: lines that can be set up indoors or in porches when needed, and neatly put away when not in use. There are many models available, from single strands that can be strung above your bath tub to room-length multiple parallel lines that can hold a full load of laundry. (If you have wood heat and a ceiling fan, you’ll be amazed at how fast clothes dry indoors.)
You can see different models here http://www.urbanclotheslines.com/retractable-clotheslines or here http://www.breezedryer.com/ (note: not an endorsement, just examples).
One important note: it’s good to dry clothes indoors, but beware that you’re not creating excess moisture in your home, because that can cause problems such as mold. In many homes, the natural air leakage is enough to remove moisture. In more air-tight homes, air exchangers usually prevent moisture problems. But take note!
In the news
Disappointingly, world leaders meeting in Singapore have given up on reaching a global climate agreement in Copenhagen next month http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1929071_1929070_1939676,00.html, and Prime Minister Harper’s office has indicated that the PM is not going to the summit http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/725776–pm-to-skip-summit-on-climate-change?bn=1.
For a quick overview of the Copenhagen summit, click here: http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/search/article/858411.
Check out this YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hs1aUMGaOQ and get involved with a neat new project, Love Letters to the Future.
November 4, 2009
Even something as simple as the way you park your vehicle can have an impact on the environment. Here are small ways you can make a difference:
1. most important: pick the first available spot you come to instead of driving around looking for a closer spot.
2. choose a ‘drive-through’ parking spot if possible, so you can pull out without having to reverse
3. turn off your engine and coast those last few meters into your parking spot (easier with a standard than an automatic). For safety’s sake, be sure the area is clear first, keep your foot ready on the brake, and remember that the steering wheel can lock if you turn the key too far and then try to straighten out the wheel!!
In the news
A new study shows Canada CAN reduce emissions significantly while growing jobs and the economy. http://www.cftktv.com/news/16/1014342
Nepal’s Cabinet will hold a meeting on Mount Everest to highlight the threat from global warming, which is causing glaciers to melt in the Himalayas. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jfY-HAhhnjCmbcDBufRy84xY3VlgD9BNAK380
The world needs many voices to speak in the in the run-up to Copenhagen – are you ready to be the change on climate change? http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/magazine/article/843540