The results of an environmental survey conducted by Statistics Canada and published by CBC News reveal that Canadians have made vast improvements when it comes to home energy and water conservation. Here’s a look at the numbers:

• In 1994, 16 percent of Canadian households surveyed said that they had a programmable thermostat. In 2007 the percentage jumped up to 42 percent; 84 percent of respondents claimed to actively program it.

• In 1994, 19 percent of Canadians reported that they had at least one CFL bulb at use in their homes.  This number jumped to 56 percent in 2006 and 69 percent in 2007.

• In 2006, 54 percent of homeowners claimed to use a low-flow showerhead. The number rose to 62 percent in 2007.

• In 2006, 34 percent of  respondents claimed to have a low-flow toilet up from 39 percent in 2007. 

Pretty impressive stats, eh? Figures on pesticide use, however, are a little less brag-worthy. Use of lawn and garden chems actually increased by 4 percent between 2006 and 2007. Out of the 33 percent of households that claimed to use pesticides, 12 percent said the pesticides were “organic.” Usage varied from province to province.

In the Greendex, a National Geographic-sponsored survey that ranks the environmental consumption habits of individuals in 14 different countries, Canada came in second to last edging out the US. Brazil, India, China, Mexico and Hungary made the top five.

On a completely unrelated note: It’s the final day of the Great Backyard Bird Count. If you adore winged creatures, have a generous attention span, and own a good pair of binoculars and/or a digital camera, participating in the GBBC is an interesting way to spend a lazy holiday Monday. The GBBC is a joint effort between the Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Orinthology

It’s still pretty cold in New York City, so I’m not noticing a ton of birds around my neighborhood except for this one

Via [CBC News] via [TreeHugger

Photo: prima seadiva

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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