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Friday, December 15, 2017

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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What's the problem?

Gases in the atmosphere help to regulate the Earth's temperature. Like the glass of a greenhouse, they let sunlight in and keep heat from escaping. A certain amount of these gases is necessary to maintain the conditions for life as we know it. But, as the world has industrialized, human activities (especially the burning of fossil fuels for heat and electricity) have been releasing more greenhouse gases than ever before, warming the earth at an alarming rate.

Due to an economy that relies on coal and natural gas, and our oil and gas production, Saskatchewan has the highest per capita emissions rate of greenhouse gases of any province in Canada. Recently SaskPower implemented its Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage demonstration project which is expected to capture one million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

 

Exclamation What does climate change mean for Saskatchewan?

What does climate change mean for Saskatchewan?
The impacts to our economy, environment and our overall quality of life are profound:

  • More frequent droughts, tornadoes, hailstorms, duststorms, insect infestations, forest fires and much slower forest regeneration
  • Lower water levels in our rivers and lakes, with more dangerous flooding in other areas
  • Rapidly changing ecosystems, with the loss of many plant and animal species 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can you do?

Lots! Government and industry are taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but, if we all do our part, as citizens we can make a meaningful difference:

  • Install an energy-efficient furnace, A/C, water heater and appliances and improve doors, windows, seals and insulation.
  • Use a programmable thermostat; lower the temperature at night or when you are away.  And lower the temperature on your hot water heater.
  • You can recycle much more than paper, glass, tin and plastic. Paint, tires, oil, electronics, fluorescent bulbs, chemicals - Learn more here.
  • Did you know 40% of all electricity used to power electronics is consumed when the products are turned off? Unplug your cell and laptop chargers when you're not using them. Plug your computer, TV and home entertainment centre into a power bar you can time or switch off so they won't use power when you're sleeping or at work. For more information, visit http://www.saskpower.com/search/phantom+power.
  • Install dimmers and remember to switch lights off when you're not in the room.
  • Don't idle your car while you're parked to pick someone up or run an errand - or for more than a few minutes before you drive in the winter. A vehicle idling for 10 minutes a day uses more than 100 litres of fuel in a year. Go Green Transportation
  • Invest in a fuel-efficient car and keep your tire pressure up. Better yet - drive less! Carpool, hop the bus, walk and bike more.
  • Invite your family and friends to make these changes with you. It all adds up!


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