Government of New Brunswick

The best way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and to take action on climate change is to reduce the amount of energy. You can get an energy audit done for your home. Your family can also save money by using less energy, and by using it more efficiently!

DID YOU KNOW?

About one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in New Brunswick come from the personal choices we make every day about how we live, what we use, and what we throw away.

The best way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and to take action on climate change is to reduce the amount of energy. You can get an energy audit done for your home. Your family can also save money by using less energy, and by using it more efficiently!

DID YOU KNOW?

About one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in New Brunswick come from the personal choices we make every day about how we live, what we use, and what we throw away.
 

Source: Department of Environment

Transportation

Whenever we drive in a car or fly in a plane, fossil fuels are used to run the engines, and that puts greenhouses gases into the air. Transportation isn't just about moving people around, it also also takes energy to run the trucks, the trains and the ships that carry the things we buy from the stores from all over the world.

DID YOU KNOW?

More than one quarter of New Brunswick's greenhouse gas emissions come from cars, trucks, and other forms of transportation.

You can:

  • walk, bike, or take the bus! One bus full of passengers can take 40 cars off the road.
  • whenever your car is parked for more than 1 minute, remind your parents to turn off the engine.


Heating


In New Brunswick, a lot of the energy we use in our homes is for heating. It takes less energy to warm up a cool room than it does to keep it heated all the time. Turning down the thermostat by just 1 degree, can save 2% on your family's heating bill, so small changes can make a big difference!

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You can:

  • put an extra blanket on your bed, so you can turn the heat down at night.
  • open your window blinds and curtains on cool days to let in the warmth of the sun.
  • turn the heat down in rooms that no one is using, and keep the doors closed.

Appliances and Lights

Televisions, radios, computers, phones, stoves, toasters, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers, video games, electric kettles, clocks, just think of all the things in our homes that use electricity, whether they're plugged into the wall or run on battery power! Some appliances can use some power even though it is turned off.

DID YOU KNOW?

More than half of New Brunswick's households greenhouse gas emissions come from energy we use to heat and light our homes.

You can:

  • turn off appliances your are not using. Unplug it, too, if you can.
  • turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • when you choose a new toy or game, check first to see if it needs batteries, would it still be fun if you had no electricity? Is there something else you'd like just as much that doesn't use energy?

Water

It takes energy to pump and treat the water we use every day for flushing toilets, washing clothes, bathing, drinking and cooking. Heating water takes even more energy! When you save water, you save energy.

You can:

  • use cold water, instead of hot, whenever you can.
  • use a bucket and sponge instead of a hose when you help to wash the car.
  • turn off the tap while you're brushing your teeth.
  • keep a bottle or jug of cold water in the fridge for drinking and use that instead of running the tap.


Solid Waste

Just about everything we buy takes energy to produce, to package, and to bring to the stores. When we throw things away, more energy is used to bring our waste to the landfill.

You can:

  • reduce,
  • reuse,
  • recycle,
  • and just use less stuff.
Recycling