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Stay green this winter with these environmentally-friendly tips

December 4, 2017

By Atifa Hamir

The cold weather has arrived and many of us are resorting to using central heating to keep our homes warm. But the winter weather doesn’t mean we can’t be green. Women’s College Hospital is committed to maintaining an environmentally-friendly building and minimizing energy usage where possible, and you can do the same. Here are a few winter tips that will help you stay warm at home and at work, while also helping you stay green.  

  1. Layer up
    Wearing layers helps your body stay warm in cold temperatures without overheating. Keep a spare set of warm socks and an extra sweater at your desk for when you get cold.
  2. Mind the gaps
    Be sure to check all of your doors and windows for any gaps or cracks where heat can escape and cold air can enter. Keep doors to unused rooms closed and close your vents, so that the heat can stay in the rooms that you use most. As well, make sure your vents are not hidden or blocked by large furniture such as sofas or beds.
  3. Commute with a friend
    It can be tempting to drive in cold weather instead of walking outdoors or waiting for transit, but cars are a large contributor to pollution and have harmful effects on the environment. Reduce your carbon footprint by taking public transit or carpooling with friends who live near you.
  4. Revise the menu
    Thinking of getting a steaming cup of tea or coffee to help you warm up? Bring your own reusable mug or thermos instead of getting your drink served in a disposable cup. Disposable cutlery is just one of the many items that ends up in landfills and has long-term harmful effects on the environment.
  5. Be bright about your light
    Dark winter days can make you want to turn on every lamp in your house which can cause a hefty increase on your energy bill. Make sure you’re using energy-efficient bulbs to save power and consider investing in a lamp timer, which will automatically turn your lamps on and off so you only use them when you need them.

If you have any green tips that you would like to share, please send them to greenteam@wchospital.ca.

 

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