Life in the Green Lane

Environmental journalist Candice Batista shares video clips and eco-savvy advice from her TV show, A Greener Toronto.

Want to save money on your energy bill and cut down on your co2 emissions? Well turning off your appliances will turn you on to being green. Almost everything we own at home draws power and wastes energy. Your TV, your microwave, your blender, your alarm clock, your computer and even your cell phone charger, suck energy even when they are not being used and considered to be off. All appliances have standby functions that allow them to keep drawing energy as long as they are plugged in. Standby power accounts for 5 to 10 percent of all electricity used in the typical Canadian home. So, what to do, its simple, when you are done using something, just pull out the plug. For areas like computers and home entertainment units where there is usually more than one plug, use a power bar and turn it off when you are out, or before you go to bed. By doing these simple things, you are standing by your environment. It’s okay to light up your life, but please, use the right light bulb. If everyone in Canada switched just one bulb in their home to a Compact Florescent Light or CFL, Canada would save over $73 million in energy costs that year. CFL’s last ten times longer and use only a third of the energy of a conventional bulb. It would also reduce CO2 emissions by almost 400,000 tonnes — the equivalent of taking more than 66,000 cars off the road. CFL’s cost a little more up front, but last much longer, so the bottom line it’s going to save you money. Eco Candy.