I am looking to build a new house and most of the advice is for older homes. what is the best way to reduce carbon? in new construction and has the lowest environmental impact? what would be the next alternatives in order?
I was curious about the topic of unplugging appliances and how much energy it saves. Should we unplug everything? Like lamps and chargers? Or just the bigger ones? How much energy can be saved? Thanks!
<P>Part 1 of the question: A vehicle waits with engine running in a drive-through line-up (at Tim Hortons let's say...) for an average of 5 minutes.</P> <P editor_id="mce_editor_0">Part 2 of the question: Same vehicle turns their motor off for 5 minutes. Question: What is the advantage to the air quality and your car, to turn it off for 5 minutes? Or, what would be the benefit if 1000 cars parked for 5 minutes instead of ran their engines?</P> <P editor_id="mce_editor_0">Thanks, Darlene</P>
My husband (was a mechanic overseas) claims that not warming your car up damages the engine as the oil needs to get all through all the parts as they warm up. I tell him the planet is more important but does he have a point or not?<BR><BR>Thank you.
I what to buy a gas powered scooter but there are some Questions I whated to ask you first. Is high octane gas (90 +) just preium gas and can I use any two stroke air cooled oil?<BR><BR><BR>Thanks Hayden
Our strata is attempting to create a bylaw limiting the length of time that cars can idle in our underground parkade and the outside parking stalls adjacent to bedrooms--what is a reasonable time that they could be allowed to idle their cars, esp. in the mornings/winter?
Can you please tell us, once and for all, which is better: paper or plastic bags? I know that reuseable cloth bags are the ideal choice, but I usually find myself stopping by the store after work and forgetting to have the cloth bags on me. Thanks!
I have always thought that motorcycles and scooters are very "environmentally friendly" because they use such little gas. Is this correct?
Although gasoline powered scooters and motorcycles can be very fuel efficient and can produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions, most scooters and motorcycles can produce 10 to 30 times more air pollution than a car or SUV! These small engines typically do not have the advanced engine and emission controls found on automobiles. Also, some scooters and motorcycles do not meet federal and provincial safety standards and therefore cannot be licensed for use on public roads or highways.
There are some alternatives to gasoline powered scooters that are both very clean and street legal. Several electric powered scooters are available that can be licensed for road use, can be operated by anyone with a standard class 5 or 7 driver's license, and result in very low overall emissions (when you factor in emissions from the electricity generation use for recharging the batteries). Some of these scooters can get up to 50 km of travel at speeds up to 60 km/hr. If you don't have a driver's license and if you don't want to buy auto insurance, there are many battery-assisted bicycles on the market that are also street legal and can go up to 32 km/hr on battery power alone.
Balancing overall environmental concerns can be very challenging.