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Old Dec 9th, 2004, 09:48 PM   #1
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Take The One-Tonne Challenge from the Government of Canada:
<blockquote>The One-Tonne Challenge asks you to reduce your annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by one tonne.

How? Use less energy. Conserve water and resources. Reduce waste.

Fewer emissions means protecting our climate and having cleaner air and healthier communities for all Canadians. And saving energy puts more money in your pocket.</blockquote>

About the challenge:
<blockquote>Here's the Challenge: reduce your annual greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by one tonne. The average Canadian produces five tonnes of GHGs each year so one tonne is a reduction of about 20 per cent.

Getting started is easier than you think. It's as simple as making a personal commitment to use energy and resources more efficiently in your daily life to reduce your emissions.

One tonne sounds like a lot, but think of this: If you drive a car, about half of your total GHGs likely come from driving. Driving less or using other forms of transportation, such as car pooling, public transit or walking, will significantly reduce your fuel consumption and emissions. And it'll save you money, too.

Home energy is another big source of your GHGs. Making smart decisions about heating, cooling and appliances will add to your energy savings.</blockquote>

I encourage everyone to take the challenge, as well as the Suzuki Foundation Nature Challenge.
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Old Dec 9th, 2004, 10:23 PM   #2
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Saw that ad today - interesting concept. Good idea to set a goal.

Do you know if there are any strong tax incentives for "green" tech in the home etc??

Guess I'll have to crank the hot tub down 1 more degree this year..........call it the lukewarm tub I guess [img]tongue.gif[/img]

Well the winters are warmer anyway - warmest November in 30 years or so.

I see Ontario has 150 MW of wind power approved.

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Superior will work on a 100 MW wind farm in Prince Township near Sault Ste. Marie and a 50 MW wind farm on rural lands near Collingwood. Construction of the 100 MW project near Sault Ste. Marie is scheduled for 2005, and will include approximately 60 wind turbines to be erected primarily on private land leased by the company. The project is expected to reach full commercial operation before March 2006. The 50 MW Blue Highlands project is expected to begin in 2006 and reach full operations before March 2007. Power generated by these facilities will be sold under 20-year power supply agreements.

These projects represent the first stage of the Ontario government's commitment to the development of 2,700 MW of new renewable energy by 2010, and are a key-part of a long-term strategy to help the government reach its energy supply and emission reduction objectives.




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Old Dec 10th, 2004, 02:08 AM   #3
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I've already pulled my car off the road and we only use the wife's car now. Only we don't have a Husky/Mohawk here in PR so we have to fill up with the more polluting fuel.

We recycle almost everything, and we have one bag of garbage a month to put out.

Buy used building materials as much as we can for our renovations and donate decent stuff to the local Hospital Auxiliary. Garage sales are great.

We use a high efficiency pellet stove for heat [uses compressed sawdust from sawmills, recycling] and burns super clean compared to an airtight wood stove.
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Old Dec 10th, 2004, 04:39 AM   #4
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The One-Tonne Challenge isn't new, it's just a new spokesperson.

True, but I felt it worth reminding the folks here about it, too.

I actually signed up for it quite a while ago. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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Hello,

The One-Tonne Challenge isn't new, it's just a new spokesperson.

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We will be replacing our Toyota Camry with a Jetta Wagon TDi in April. Believe it or not, given the fact that I need to drive (not Commute, Drive) Approximately 200 kilometres a day will save 1.3 tonnes of GHG.
We also retrofitted our home with fluorescence about a year ago. They paid for themselves in 8 Months, no Kidding! We have Energy Star appliances except for Oven and Dryer. They don't come that way.

Saving energy also saves money!
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Old Dec 10th, 2004, 09:20 PM   #7
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We traded in our Mazda MPV, which we had for four years and only put on 19,831km in four years less a day, for a Toyota Echo. I collect twigs over the summer and use them to heat the house on chilly days by burning them in the woodstove.
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"I collect twigs over the summer and use them to heat the house on chilly days by burning them in the woodstove."

ummmm THAT is the wrong approach. [img]tongue.gif[/img]
You are adding to the carbon load not reducing it.
Burning fuel inefficiently adds to the load, planting a tree reduces it.
More insulation in the house would be a positive step.




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Macdoc, I have insulated the house, but when we had an Environment Canada inspector check out the house, he felt that I would product less carbon by burning the twigs rather than using the oil furnace and/or electric heat.
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We decided to upgrade our home built in 1973. We insulated, bricked the outside, replaced every single window, new insulated steel doors, upgraded the furnace including an extra outlet through the foundation to make two, not one like the old furnace. Blew 12" of insulation into the attic. Also installed oversize exhaust fans in all three baths.

Then we an energy audit done.

Result? Our home is too tight. That is why we now have the problem of condensation collecting on the inside of the windows in winter.

We now run a DEHUMIDIFIER in western Canada, where as we all know, (say it together here folks) it's a DRY COLD!

BUT, our heating bills are down by one third. Go figure.

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