- Canadians and Mexicans use about twice as much water per person as residents of France and the Czech Republic.
- The most common household water-saving device in Canada is the low-flow shower head, compared with water-efficient washing machines, showers, and toilets in Australia and Korea.
- When people have to pay for household water use, consumption drops by 20%.
- In Canada, only half as many people use thermal insulation compared to efficient light bulbs, and even fewer have installed efficient furnaces.
- Hydro bill = conservation of electricity.
- Most homeowners aren't willing to pay much more for renewable energy.
- Canada, Australia, and Sweden recycle twice as many products as the Czech Republic and Mexico.
- Young people produce 10% more garbage than their parents.
- Canadians are better at properly disposing of used batteries than expired medication.
- When commuting, the proportion of Koreans using public transportation is almost as large as the proportion of Canadians driving cars (around 50%).
- People state they would use public transportation if it were faster and cheaper, and they want transit stops no farther than 15 minutes from their homes.
- On average, a 20% spike in gas prices would prompt motorists to cut back on their driving by 8%.
You might be interested in reading the full article or the OECD report. The graphics are quite useful. Make sure to come back to this post afterwards - please help me make sense of some of these stats!
Photo credits: water droplet; wind turbine; landfill; traffic.