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Small changes can add up to big money when you reduce, reuse and recycle.

  • Just one 100-watt bulb burning constantly 24/7 for a whole year will add more than $100 per year to the typical power bill. Solution: use florescent lights (can reduce power bills by 80%).

  • Weather strip doors, windows and light sockets to keep out drafts.

  • Use space heaters instead of whole office/home heating systems.

  • Keep doors closed in rooms not heated.

  • Buy only recyclable packages that return the deposit.

  • Save newsprint and used paper for packaging material.

  • Use re-chargeable batteries.

  • Wash with cold water, whenever possible.

  • Use email instead of snail mail.

  • Remember - before throwing anything away, is there anyone who can use part or all?

  • Use email instead of snail mail.

Save at the office:

  • Instead of printing reports use database presentations whenever possible.

  • Print reports on both sides of the page whenever possible.

  • Use recycled paper and print cartridges wherever possible.

  • Use conference calls rather than travel.

  • Recycle packaging.

  • Car pool to work.

Knowing Nova Scotia - Our Best Customers

  • Atlantic Canada lands about 20% of the world's lobster and about 40% of the world's clawed lobster. Excluding China and Japan (where scallop are farmed), Nova Scotia lands about 25% of the world's scallop.

  • Nova Scotia bedrock (blue slate) sells, on average, at 3 times the price of limestone and is even more expensive than granite and some marbles, on a weight basis.

  • Nova Scotia is the one of the world's largest producer of blueberries.  Blueberries are now prized for their healthy anti-oxidant benefits. This is the result of polyphenols in the fruit that also cause the characteristic dark color. Other fruits high in polyphenols include grapes, plums, apples, black currants, blackberries and cherries. 

  • If you do not know how to read your water meter, MRA studies show you are probably not alone. The Canadian water meter generally reads in graduations of cubic meters of water, equal to 1000 litres, or 220 gallons. If you have a decimal digit on your meter, you can read tenths of cubic meters (100 litres or 22 gallons).  If you have a sweep hand on your meter, you can read cubic meters in hundredths (every 10 litres or 2.2 gallons).  Ask your Water Utility for a free up-to-date meter with a sweep hand that can identify small leaks.

  • The US gallon, at 83.3% of the size of the Imperial gallon, is smaller than the Canadian (Imperial) gallon - so obviously, the US fluid ounce is 83.3 % of the Imperial measure, right? - Wrong!  The answer lies in the fact the US gallon has 128 ounces, but the Imperial gallon has 160 ounces. Four quarts to a gallon, remember? - and the US quart is 32 ounces (and pint is 16 ounces), while the Imperial quart is 40 ounces (and pint is 20 ounces). The US fluid ounce is larger than the Imperial fluid ounce because there are only 32 ounces in an American quart, but 40 to an Imperial quart. As a result, a litre of liquid contains a little less than 34 US fluid ounces (33.81), but a little more than 35 Imperial fluid ounces (35.20). That means the Imperial fluid ounce is about 4% smaller than the American fluid ounce. (Worse, the British standard tablespoon holds 17.7 ml, the American 14.2 ml, the Canadian 15 ml, and the Australian 20 ml.  You could try using this as an excuse for why your last recipe didn't work, or why you have a hang-over this morning.)

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