5 simple ways to act on climate change

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We all know that climate change is a real threat, but it can be hard to know what you and your family can do about it. Fortunately, there are many actions you can take in your daily life that have a meaningful impact. Here are a few to consider:

Try easy home improvements.  
Small gaps and leaks can add up, so spend a weekend tackling simple DIY projects. Check windows and doors for air gaps and install weatherstripping, add some insulation to your basement and install low-flow toilets. Did you know that homeowners can save $1.5 to $4 for every dollar spent on energy-efficiency renovations?

Use energy wisely at home. 
Not only will conserving energy lower your utility bills, but it will also help fight climate change. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs and install a programmable thermostat that makes sure you’re heating or cooling your home when energy is cheapest.

Go paperless and plastic free. 
With the federal government making it a goal for Canada to go plastic free by 2030, now’s the time to improve your own habits. Switch plastic straws for stainless steel ones and try to buy longer-lasting items instead of disposable ones. Switch to paperless bills. Aviva customers can also opt for digital insurance contracts instead to save trees. Ask your broker or agent how.

Eat for a healthier environment. 
The decisions we make about the food we eat have an impact on the environment. Try buying local wherever possible, growing your own fruits, veggies or herbs, and reducing your food packaging.

Mind your tech devices. 
Between our computers, TVs, cellphones, laptops and gaming systems, many of us have more devices than people in our homes. So, be sure to unplug them when not in use. This includes unplugging portable devices when they finish charging, which also helps the batteries last longer.


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