E = Everyone can do it

1Energy Saving Measures


1A. Lightingsolar bulb

  • LED and CFL lights to replace traditional incandescent bulbs which minimizes energy required for lighting. E
  • Daylighting by having South and North facing windows to utilize the natural light.
  • Solar-powered outdoor lamps. E

1B. Heating/Cooling                                            

  • Insulation minimizes the transfer of heat/thermal energy through materials especially walls and windows.
  • Double pane windows allow light to come through while acting as insulation.
  • Green roofs and green walls use plants to help insulate/moderate the temperature of a building (usually attributed to helping cool buildings so that they do not require so much energy for cooling loads). Also, green roofs help reduce stormwater runoff.

1C. Energy Generation/Harvesting                                                

  • Solar PV to produce electricity.
  • Solar thermal hot water to generate hot water from solar energy. E

1D. Energy Conservation

  • Appliances with high Energy Star ratings require less energy. E
  • Light detecting sensors that adjust artificial light depending on the supply of sunlight to minimize energy use for lighting.

2. Water Saving Measures



  • Low flow water fixtures such as toilets, shower 
  • heads, waterless urinals, sinks. E
  • Water metering to monitor consumption. E

3. Storm/Rainwater Management

  • Green roofs use plants and soil to help filter rain/stormwater and minimize runoff.
  • Rainwater collection system can funnel water from the roof/gutter to a collection Rainwater-Bucketcontainer for storage until it is needed for use. (Example- to water plants using the drip irrigation system)
  • Permeable surfaces/pavement that allows water to percolate into the ground.

4. Waste Management


  • Sort out waste by: Landfill waste, glass, aluminum, plastic (#1-
  • #7), paper, cardboard, compost. E

5. Gardening/Landscapingdownload

  • Drip irrigation system to reduce water use. Less water evaporates this way than with traditional sprinklers which fling water into the air so it’s easy to evaporate. E
  • Plant a garden to reduce the need to source food outside of the local region decreasing emissions from transportation and the use of pesticides/insecticides. E