Each October the City of Fort St. John celebrates LiveIt! Green month. The program aims to promote and celebrate the green projects the City has completed and to educate citizens on some things they can do to LiveIt! Green.
Water Conservation Tips
Be Water Wise Outdoors
- Avoid watering the lawn, and meet current restrictions
- Put leaves and bark mulch around shrubs and trees to hold in moisture
- Water vegetable gardens in the morning, near the roots, and by hand
- Wash cars for safety only, (windscreens, windows and headlights) using a bucket
- Sweep driveways or decks with a broom instead of the hose
Be Water Wise Indoors
- Keep a jug of cool water in the fridge, instead of running the tap 'till it cools
- Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or washing dishes
- Shorter showers: Reducing your shower by two minutes can save 460 litres of water in one month.
- Run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher. A family of four washes about 300 loads per year. A full load uses less water – and energy - than two half loads. An average week that family will use 340 litres of water on laundry.
- Water used to wash dishes, vegetables, your hands, or for cooking can be saved to use to water
Energy Conservation Tips
- Turn off unnecessary lights. Two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off for an average of two hours per day could save you $12 over a year.
- Use task lighting. Turn off ceiling lights and use table lamps, track lighting and under-counter lights in work and hobby areas as well as in kitchens.
- Adjust your hot water heater. Turning down your water heater thermostat (no lower than 55ºC and no higher than 60ºC) can pay off in savings of up to 5% for every 6ºC.
- Unplug unused electronics. Standby power can account for 10% of an average household's annual electricity use. Unplug unused electronics and save $50 a year.