Doing your part to reduce climate change – how to lower your carbon footprint.

English: The carbon footprint.

Interested in lowering your carbon footprint?

In using greener energy?

Following up on the good OREC article posted on the community website ( I wanted to suggest a few other ways you can go green on energy and lower your carbon footprint:

The most cost-efficient way is of course to lower your energy usage. There is a good website ( that is free and can help you monitor your energy use throughout the day and compare you to your friends. This gives you a good sense of what you use and when you use it (keep in mind peak rates) so that you can make smart choices about electricity use. Some other helpful sites on energy conservation:


English: Taken by Neutronic

Another very affordable option is to use Bullfrog .

Bullfrog provides green renewable energy to the Ontario grid. If you sign up with them you don`t need to change anything – you basically estimate (on their site, very easy or use your hydro bill) how much energy you use (electricity and natural gas or other) and then pay them an additional amount per month for them to insert that much green energy into the Ontario grid thereby offsetting your carbon emissions.

Considering that about 25% of our electricity comes from fossil fuels you only need to pay Bullfrog to offset 25% of your electricity usage to be carbon neutral. Depending on your finances you can offset part or all, whatever you can afford. For as little as 20$-40$ per month you can be carbon neutral in your energy usage (they can offset both electricity and natural gas).

micfoFit program

Two of the other options we are seeing more and more of (but require a bigger investment up front) are putting solar panels on your roof via the micfoFIT program and using geothermal for heating your home (which is particularly interesting if you need to replace your oil or gas furnace).

Also to note, we are working with other neighbourhoods on an energy challenge, where we can compete between neighbourhoods to see who can lower their energy usage the most. Stay tuned, more details will be posted on the web site and on the listserv.

Good luck on lowering your carbon emissions and doing your part to fight climate change!

Nick Xenos
Champlain Park Community Association Environment Coordinator

For Earth Hour and beyond, Canadians are up to the challenge.

On Saturday March 31st from 8:30PM – 9:30PM, when you switch off your lights for Earth Hour, you’ll be part of a movement that in its five year history has sparked a number of game-changing strides towards a cleaner, greener Canada:


Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia have introduced rebate programs and other support for electric vehicles, signifying a strong commitment to developing alternatives to fossil-fuel cars.
In 2008 British Columbia introduced a landmark carbon tax that to-date has resulted in a 3% reduction in BC’s gasoline consumption.
In 2009 Ontario introduced the Green Energy Act, a policy aimed at energy conservation, expanding renewable energy and building a green energy industry in the province.
In 2011, for the first time, global investment in renewable energy sources was higher than investment in fossil fuels.
50% of the Canadian population now lives in a city or town that has a climate action plan.
As important as these changes are, there is still plenty of work to be done. That’s why on March 31, 2012, WWF, along with our partners, will launch the first annual Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC).

The Challenge will provide cities with toolkits, training and expert advice, as well as a platform to showcase and be recognized for their work and progress towards preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Participation in the EHCC is free and open to any city! To learn more, contact WWF at