by Times Colonist
Source: Times Colonist
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Originally Published: June 26, 2008
These are the government's 52 suggestions of ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. How many do you already follow?
1. Insulate your house.
2. Conserve heat by caulking around vents and window and door frames, sills, and joints (and any objects that penetrate exterior walls).
3. Plug gaps around pipes, ducts, fans and vents that go through walls, ceilings and floors from heated to unheated spaces.
4. Install weather-stripping on windows, doors, and attic hatches.
5. Apply shrink-film to windows and glass doors.
6. Move furniture, rugs, and drapes away from air grills and heating vents so that heat can circulate efficiently throughout the home.
7. Install energy-efficient windows.
8. Install heavy curtains on windows and glass doors to keep in the heat.
9. On sunny days, open south facing drapes and let the sun in, a natural source of heat. If you have large windows that don't receive direct sun, keep the drapes closed.
10. Close your drapes and blinds at night.
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