One in five Canadians lives in energy poverty, meaning they spend a disproportionately high percentage of their income on home energy bills.
To reach net-zero, experts say we must address energy poverty.
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Check out this CBC article on why banning fossil fuel heating can help Canada and the world reach net-zero!
At least two jurisdictions have implemented recent restrictions on fossil fuel heating: Vancouver & Quebec
Should Ontario join the ban?
Reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 is a key goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Canada itself has also committed to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.
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NY State's climate council wants heat pumps in all new homes by 2024 Council wants to aggressively switch from fossil fuels.
The Climate Action Council, charged with figuring out how to achieve the goals of the ambitious Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), released a plan earlier this month for getting New York off fossil fuels.
Should we follow the NY State's climate council in Ontario?
What do you think?
Check out this article about Canada’s race to net-zero and the role of renewable energy.
As the UN climate talks draw near, Canada has enormous work left to reach its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Collectively, Canadians have to cut overall greenhouse-gas emissions by 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions across the economy by 2050.
Given its track record, how will Canada achieve its goal of getting to netzero by 2050?
Let us know what you think in the comments section.
An interesting article published by the Waterloo Record about heat pumps and how they are part of Waterloo Region’s climate action strategy.
Among the goals for the community climate action plan is, by 2030, to have 20 per cent of the region’s buildings climate controlled by heat pumps, and for 20 per cent of the region’s water heaters to be on heat pumps or another low carbon option.
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Interesting article on how Finland found an answer to heating homes.
How to heat homes and workplaces without relying on fossil fuels is one of the more difficult challenges for moving rapidly to zero carbon economies.
The momentum of the heat pump market in Finland is now generating a variety of innovative and disruptive business models that are likely to accelerate further the rate of installations.
Check out the article. What do you think? Let us know.
An interesting article on the race against climate change and the urgency of finding solutions.
With super-insulated buildings, you can harness new technologies like air source heat pumps to efficiently heat or cool buildings.
Now more than ever, we need the federal and provincial governments at the table to ensure that our cities, large and small, have the tools and resources to adequately adapt their communities to the imminently changing climate, as well as to proactively reduce carbon pollution.
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Interesting article on retrofitting homes to become all-electric.
The City of Santa Barbara is finalizing an all-electric code for new construction, joining more than 40 other cities and counties in California.
Redwood Energy, a California energy consulting firm, has published, within the last few weeks, a peer-reviewed report laying out detailed information on how the conversion of an existing home can be simple, relatively inexpensive, and without building modification, not even upgrading the electrical service.
Interesting article on how homeowners and towns partner to take CO2 out of home heating.
When Ian Manning and Mary-Claire Sanderson bought their house in Berwick, N.S., 3 years ago, they took up an offer of a loan from the town to replace its aging oil furnace with an electric heat pump.
"Most Canadian provinces are lagging fairly significantly compared to even some of the leading American states on energy savings," said Brendan Haley, policy director of Efficiency Canada.
What do you think Ontario should do to reach net-zero targets?
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Did you ever see this article "6 climate-friendly ways to heat and cool buildings?"
The article is about district energy systems. Instead of having an individual heating and cooling system for each building, multiple buildings are hooked up to a central system — similar to how buildings are connected to the municipal water service instead of relying on individual wells. Heat is distributed to buildings via pipes that typically carry hot or chilled water.
What do you think about district energy systems?
Great news for Canada with the Canadian government's support towards climate, electric mobility, and clean technology.
An interesting article published by Global News about Saskatoon getting its first net-zero housing units.
These units create as much energy as they use by using solar panels. They’re one of only seven projects across Canada being used to help influence the 2030 national building code. There will be six buildings on the property with two and three-bedroom units. Unfortunately, some Neighbours are fighting against this project claiming the building would allow those residents to stare into their homes. What do you think? https://bit.ly/3e1BTLM
Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) is going for net-zero with their new retrofit.
They will reach the goal by installing a geothermal system and three types of solar panels, as well as reducing energy consumption. The geothermal heating and cooling uses a closed-loop ground-source exchange system, composed of a double circular field of 15 wells that are more than 180 metres deep. As Toronto’s climate requires more heating than cooling, the field is balanced using warm water from solar hot water panels on the roof. See the entire article for all the details. What do you think?