“Chasing Ice”, a visual treat to move and motivate

If summer is the time for movies, may I suggest Chasing Ice? It was released in 2012, but I’m guessing you haven’t seen it.

Chasing Ice follows photographer James Balog – initially a climate change sceptic – as he captures time lapse images of glaciers in Greenland, Iceland and Alaska. But the result is much more than just pretty pictures.

If you enjoy being visually blown away, hauntingly challenged and deeply motivated, get in front of the biggest screen you can find and watch Chasing Ice. It’s available on Netflix, on iTunes and probably at your local library. Get a taste by watching the trailer.

Go easy on the AC

July 7, 2015

Save on fuel by using air conditioning only when it’s really needed

It’s summer, and for many of us that means the air conditioner in our vehicles is always on. But consider this: air conditioning is second only to driving as the biggest load on an engine – it can increase your fuel consumption by up to 20%. Put another way, turning on the air conditioner is a lot like constantly hauling a trailer around.

So what to do?

  • Use fresh air when possible; sunroofs are awesome because they are quieter than windows
  • Get into the habit of turning off your AC when you park at the end of the day so it’s not automatically on in the morning when you least need it
  • Reserve AC only for really hot days, and use it intermittently; aim for comfortable, not cold
  • Park in the shade when you can

Learn more strategies for saving on air conditioning from Natural Resources Canada, here.