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!
How/why is wasting water also a waste of energy? (What's the connection?)
In Vancouver, 25% of the energy used in the typical home is to heat water for showers, laundry, dishes etc. Low flow shower heads are a very cost effective way to reduce the amount of heat that goes down the drain. In addition, energy star clothes washers and/or cold water washing are also effective ways to reduce the energy required to heat water at home.
Note that in cities where water must be pumped from the source (instead of just running down the mountain like here), all water use means a fair amount of energy has been used just to get the water to the house.