GCNews / March 2016
REEP GREEN Solutions is offering a free online course on how to make your home more energy efficient.
Through a series of interactive videos and blog posts, the course walks homeowners through steps to make their homes more comfortable, save money, and help slow climate change.
The first lesson provides an overview of the systems and components that influence home energy use. Subsequent lessons cover topics such as:
- attic, basement, and wall insulation
- moisture in basements
- choosing windows
- deciding whether you need a new furnace
- reducing hot water use and heating water more efficiently.
Globe and Mail / John Lorinc / 16 March 2016
While estimates vary, climate experts say that buildings account for about 20 to 30 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions (the figure varies depending on the source of the electricity used to heat, cool and light buildings). Residential homes account for about half that amount, according to federal government estimates dating back to 2005.
There are opportunities to make huge strides by using a range of technologies and design approaches – everything from increasingly inexpensive solar panels to passive cooling techniques, such as the use of awnings or wider overhangs. But in most of North America, and even provinces such as Ontario, which has adopted comparatively ambitious carbon reduction strategies, decision-makers have neglected to take full advantage of a policy lever that has driven dramatic changes in the carbon footprint of Northern European nations: the building code.
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Kingston Whig-Standard / Ian MacAlpine / 07 March 2016
With the intention of helping Kingston businesses and organizations become more environmentally conscious, Sustainable Kingston will be launching a new initiative on Thursday afternoon.
The program, Green Economy Kingston, will provide support, resources and networks for businesses and organizations interested in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Kingston will be the eighth community across Ontario to launch the program.
The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Grandview Room at the Delta Waterfront Hotel. Approximately 100 people are registered so far to attend the networking event.
Ruth Noordegraaf, the part-time executive director of Sustainable Kingston, said that with more talk at the federal government level around the implications of climate change and new policies and regulations that will be introduced soon, it’s a good time to help local businesses go green.
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City of Kingston
Understanding how, where and when energy is used in Kingston will help the community identify opportunities for energy-use programs focused on energy conservation, fuel switching, renewable energy generation or other smart energy-related efforts. The plan will help:
- Enhance local economic development: our community spends more than $600 million on energy each year – most of that is spent outside our community. A community energy plan will identify ways to retain some of that spending locally. Retaining just 1 per cent of the Kingston community’s annual energy budget could generate almost $6 million in local economic wealth.
- Reduce our carbon footprint: Kingston emits approximately 1.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. In 2014, council endorsed the Kingston Climate Action Plan, adopting a community reduction target of 30 per cent by 2030. The community energy plan will help meet that target.
- Advance council’s priorities: Engaging the community to create a smart economy and plan a livable city to identifying opportunities for intensification, public transportation while supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Kingston Plan.
- Alignment with Provincial Energy Strategies: By undertaking a Community Energy Plan the City of Kingston is aligning itself with Provincial and federal energy policy and programs.
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Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 09 December 2015
Hire an “energy manager,” city councillors were told on Tuesday, and Hydro One will cover a majority of his or her salary, based on energy savings targets.
What’s more, if the city exceeds those targets, the utility could even pay more, to the point where Brockville is making money on the position.
That’s the pitch city officials will look into after approving a consultant’s study into the feasibility of hiring an “embedded energy manager.”
Andrew Hejnar, energy manager for 3M Canada, spoke to council Tuesday about the energy manager position, which started as a $30,000 line item in the 2016 budget.
The manager would be in charge of finding energy savings in city operations, with the majority of his or her salary subsidized by Hydro One, based on achieving a number of targets.
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Leeds Grenville Economic Development / 08 December 2015
Bluegrass Farm owners Leela Ramachandran and Brad Wright have earned the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence.
Last year, the couple followed a dream and built four greenhouses on Kinch Street near Jasper in the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley. Crops are grown using natural sunlight but the twist here is their greenhouses use radiant heat in the soil to extend the growing season throughout the winter. Fueled by an energy efficient wood-fired boiler, there is insulation around the perimeter and under the floors of the greenhouses to keep the heat in. A special insulating fabric over the crops on cold nights provides extra protection so they can grow cold-hardy greens such as spinach, arugula, lettuce and Swiss Chard.
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