EnviroStats, Fall 2008

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Thermostat use in Canadian homes

Gordon Dewis

Turning down the temperature by just a few degrees at night is one way Canadians can reduce their home heating expenses while also reducing their impact on the environment. Using data from the 2006 Households and the Environment survey, the study examines home heating practices and temperature controlling behaviours. It finds that households using a programmable thermostat were more likely to lower home temperatures than those with non-programmable thermostats. Full article: HTML

Who uses water-saving fixtures in the home?

William David Gibbons

Canadians use large amounts of water every day. Household fixtures such as low-flow shower heads and reduced volume toilets allow households to conserve water and reduce utility bills. Using data from the 1994 and 2006 Households and the Environment Survey, the study finds that an increasing proportion of Canadian households are using these water-saving fixtures. Full article: HTML

Conventional tillage: How conventional is it?

Nancy Hofmann

Tillage involves preparing soil for planting or seeding by plowing, cultivating or otherwise turning it. Using data from the Census of Agriculture, this study examines conventional, conservation and no-till practices across the country. It shows that what was once the conventional approach to tillage is now less common, particularly in the Prairies. Full article: HTML

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