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Being Environmentally Conscious

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Regarding your article Environmental Issues Influence Consumer Habits,  I have been living in a condominium townhome in Ottawa (Canada) since 1984. From the beginning I have had a low-flow shower-head and two low-volume toilets.

Energy Conservation

As as soon as a conventional bulb burns out, I am replacing it with an energy-efficient light bulb where possible. I also have one halogen desk lamp.

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Controlling Temperature

I have had a programmable thermostat that came with my heat pump since 1984, with the heat pump now only used for air conditioning. However, the thermostat functions both for heating and cooling.

Drinking water

I am a member of OWSAG: Ottawa Water Study/Action Group. I don't drink bottled water, except when travelling in countries with dubious quality of drinking water. This organization is against the use of bottled water. Bottled water is very problematic. Most of the time it is tap water, slightly processed and sold at an exhorbitant price. Manufactured from oil and ending up in landfills, water bottles are environmentally unsustainable. I use Britta filter to improve the taste of my own tap water. However, I drink water obtained from Ottawa's city fountains and find it fully satisfactory.

Indoor environment

I change my new oil furnace filter once a very three months as intended. I am environmentally sensitive and ensure that the quality of my indoor air is good.


I am retired intelligence analyst and do know my chemicals. I hate them!  My large front lawn has not been sprayed in many years. Although strictly speaking it is condo property, I look after it myself. It is always weed free and in excellent condition with very little effort on my part, as is the turf in my back yard, where I have a large composter.

I use this compost on my turf. In 2006 I persuaded my condo board to cease all herbicide spraying on our common elements, having provided persuasive scientific evidence of pesticide harm to my fellow owners.

Reusable grocery bags

I have several of them and avoid the use of plastic bags.

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