Join the 30-day challenge to MOVE with the air in mind

We all have to move to get to work and wherever we recreate. Why not move in ways that improve health, promote safety, save money and maintain air quality?

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Starting June 7, Albertans are encouraged to move with the air in mind once a day for 30 days. It could be as simple as walking to the library and borrowing a book on air or reducing idling time by parking and going inside instead of using a drive-thru. When these daily activities become habits and lots of people do them, everyone benefits. You can move on your own or with your family, coworkers, friends or teammates on your way to work, play, home or on a road trip.

Move yourself using human-powered transportation.
Move smart using fuel efficient practices when driving.

Check back daily or follow us on Twitter. We will be adding challenges each day for the next 30 days!


June 27 – Challenge #21

Mend your fuelish ways!

Air conditioning can increase a vehicle’s fuel consumption by as much as 20 percent. Use your air conditioning sparingly. Open your windows to cool down the vehicle.
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Celebrate our vast, complex, interconnected, beautiful environment

For the past 45 years, Canadians have marked the week of June 5 as Environment Week and taken the opportunity to talk about being green – but why do we do it?

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Our environment isn’t just the air we breathe and the water we drink, it’s the plankton that provide oxygen, it’s the bats that reduce pest species, and it’s the worms that make the soil more fertile. It’s a complex web of relationships between all the life with which we share the planet.

It’s sometimes hard to see the forest for the trees.

Because the environment is so vast and complex, every action we take can’t help but to affect the environment in some way, large or small. Every road we build separates one ecological niche from the next, every tree we plant might cast shade over a patch of grass, and every boat we paddle sends ripples across the lake.

Environment Week is an opportunity to think about the consequences of what we do, and to make good environmental choices.

If you’re wondering about how you can reduce your impact on the environment by conserving energy, visit www.efficiencyalberta.ca – you can even save money through rebate programs.

If you’re considering how you can reduce your water usage, visit http://aep.alberta.ca/water for information and for tips.

If you want to try composting at home to reduce the amount of household waste material that ends up in the landfill, we have information about that at http://aep.alberta.ca/waste/composting-at-home

All this week on our social media (AEP Twitter, and on Facebook at Respect The Land, My Wild Alberta and Alberta Parks), we’ll be posting environment-inspired materials. So follow us for fun facts, information and more as we celebrate our environment and celebrate making better choices for everyone!

Camping in Castle Provincial Park

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If you’re looking for an amazing camping experience this summer, visit Alberta’s newest provincial park, Castle Provincial Park!

There are four excellent, but basic campgrounds are available at Beaver Mines Lake, Castle Bridge, Castle Falls and Lynx Creek. These have fire pits, vault toilets, garbage services and well graveled roads and camping pads. Recent investments this spring have improved pad size and most are rather spacious with privacy between sites. These are first-come, first-served sites. You fill out a permit and pay when you arrive.

Castle Provincial Park is also an ideal destination for campers looking for a more rugged experience, and if this is the direction you decide to go, there are a few things you need to know!

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Albertans embrace energy efficiency: rebate roundup

_DSC2357aThere’s a lot of buzz about energy efficiency in Alberta these days, and it’s no wonder. After all, energy efficiency is a win-win proposition:  you reduce your energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and save money on your energy bills at the same time.

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May the long weekend be with you

The trees are turning green, the sun is shining and wildlife is migrating back to Alberta. The May long weekend is when many Albertans get out and enjoy the outdoors for the first time of the summer season. Here are a few friendly tips and reminders to help you make the most of this long weekend!

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New energy rebates for businesses, non-profits and institutions

 

Is your business, non-profit or institution looking to save money on energy bills? Are you interested in upgrading to energy-efficient products? If so, now is the time to get started.

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Show yourself the money with energy efficiency

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Whether you’re a farmer in rural Alberta, a business owner in Grande Prairie or a homeowner or renter in Calgary, you’re probably interested in reducing your energy use and saving money on your bills. After all, who doesn’t like to keep a little more cash in their pocket?

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Tap into savings with new online tools

2Did you know that you can save as much as 10 per cent of your monthly power bill by plugging your TVs, stereos and gaming consoles into a smart power bar? That LED lights use 85 per cent less energy than traditional bulbs? Or that an outdoor motion sensor with an LED light can save you up to $100 a year?

Those are just a few of the things you’ll learn when you use the two new interactive online tools that have been developed by Energy Efficiency Alberta.

The Home Efficiency Tool walks you through your home and outlines ways you can reduce energy use and access up-front savings. The Learn About Lighting Tool shows the advantages of LED lights over fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, and how they work with your existing light fixtures.

These two new tools also showcase products available through the Residential Retail Products Program, which includes rebates for windows, water heaters and insulation, online rebates for appliances and instant in-store rebates on a wide variety of products.

Watch Minister Phillips offer energy efficiency tips and walk through the online tools in this short video.

Visit Energy Efficiency Alberta for more information about how you can start saving money right now.

New attraction wheels into Fish Creek Provincial Park!

Calgary’s first public mountain bike skills park is now open at Fish Creek Provincial Park. Built on a former empty field, the new space gives Albertans of all skills and ages the opportunity to try out mountain biking in an accessible, controlled environment.

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Dressing and transporting your kill

This blog series is targeted towards first time hunters and focuses on safe and sustainable hunting in Alberta. Check out a list of all the topics in the series here. This is the fifth article in the series.

It’s extremely important to follow safe practices and procedures while hunting. While on a hunt, conditions can change rapidly and good safety practices can mean the difference between life and death. Make sure you’re prepared and have educated yourself before heading out.

There are a few things you need to know about how to dress and transport your kill so that you ensure the meat is usable.

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