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Does changing light bulbs actually make a difference?

What is the simplest change I can make in my home?

What impact does my driving really make?

How much money could my family save if we got rid of one car in our household?

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>

Overall which is more cost effective : heating your home by natural gas or oil?

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 am looking into solar heating for hot water for our home, and/or solar photovoltaic panels. Do you have any recommendations?

We are replacing all our single pane windows with Energy Star windows (17 windows in total).&nbsp; What type of Grants are available and &nbsp;how do we apply?

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?

Is there a way for city low-rise or high-rises to have a compost recycling program? (ie: someone to pick up fruit and veggie peels?)

How does one dispose of household toxic waste (i.e. automobile coolant)?

What are the pros / cons of Nuclear Power?

Rather than replacing my fridge altogether (it's too expensive), how can I make it more energy efficient?

How/why is wasting water also a waste of energy? (What's the connection?)

Isn't a screen saver for your computer also an energy saver (i.e. as good as turning it off)?

What is biodiesel and how does it differ from regular fuels (e.g. diesel or gasoline) in terms of greenhouse gas emissions?

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 keep hearing mixed information about washing dishes by hand vs. using a dishwasher. Which saves more energy?

I have always thought that motorcycles and scooters are very "environmentally friendly" because they use such little gas. Is this correct?

What can do to make my car more energy efficient (without having to buy a newer one)?

Isn't a screen saver for your computer also an energy saver (i.e. as good as turning it off)?

Computer monitor screen savers do not save any energy - the easiest way to reduce energy use of your computer during the day is to enable the power saving or "sleep" mode for periods of inactivity. If possible, turn off your entire computer when not needed overnight or for extended periods.

Note that screen savers were orginally developed to extend the life of the monitor but with today's technology, this is no longer required and they are now purely "decorative".