Get smart about energy use to help combat climate change
Louise Montague, vice-president of Greys for Green. – Louise Montague photo
From Simcoe.com, August 10, 2023
By Louise Montague
The forest fires that have ravaged much of Canada this year have brought the discussion of climate change to the forefront.
When the smoke drifted into our part of the world this summer, everyone was concerned. But it’s often easy to be discouraged and feel a little hopeless about climate change.
What can one person do to improve the situation? It turns out there are many simple things we can do to reduce emissions, and our collective small steps make a difference.
Electricity and natural gas are the most-used energy sources in homes. Most carbon emissions at home come from heating systems, water usage and cooking.
If you heat your home with natural gas, installing a heat pump is the most effective way of reducing your emissions. When your furnace or air conditioner breaks down, it’s the perfect time to switch to a heat pump.