Whistler is Making BIG MOVES for our Climate. When we act together, small steps become BIG MOVES
Whistler’s Climate Action BIG MOVES Strategy identifies the six most impactful action areas we need to focus on as a community to reduce emissions and make Whistler a more climate resilient community. We all have a role to play! The RMOW, in partnership with Whistler’s environmental charity AWARE, has created Small Steps for BIG MOVES: 12 months of climate actions we can each take to support Whistler’s six BIG MOVES!!
TAKE ACTION! This July, let’s
Be water wise
The benefits of watching our water usage flows through to BIG MOVE #6: Close the loop and shift toward lower carbon consumption.
With Climate Change bringing longer, hotter, dryer summers as well as increased risk of wildfires the availability of water is projected to reduce, as demand for water increases. Taking simple steps to reduce personal water use will help ensure we have water reserves for crucial services such as fire fighting.
Whether installing flow efficient fixtures or planning the next landscaping project using drought tolerant species, conserving and preserving Whistler’s most valuable natural resource is vital to preserving the way of life we love in the mountains.
Ready to take action? Let’s try one (or some) of these Small Steps for BIG MOVES:
Toilets account for almost a quarter of all household water usage. Aside from the installation of grey-water systems (which utilise water from sink and showers to flush toilets) we can all save water by focusing on our flusher.
Reduce the flow by:
- Installing low flush toilets
- Reducing the amount of water held in an existing toilet tank can be done simply. There are market options available to buy in most home stores that reduce the amount of water the tank holds. An easy DIY option is to fill a plastic bottle or 2 with sand, put the lids on tight and place in the tank. Be sure the bottles are out of the way of the flush mechanism and – presto – the flow of every flush is reduced.
Fixing a hot water leak in your faucet can save up to $9 per year in energy costs.
Learn how to fix that leak with:
- BC Hydro how to Fix a water leak
Taking shorter showers saves you time and water! While you’re at it, save energy and money by turning to cooler water. You can also turn water off when shaving, washing hands, and brushing teeth. Spotting those little intervals to shut the running water off, will make a big difference.
- To maximise water uptake, be sure to water plants slowly and in the early morning. When the temperatures are lowest, the plant can best utilize the water it’s taking in.
- Prioritise plants that are drought tolerant and if you can set up rain barrels so you can continue watering through any water restrictions.
- Reduce the impacts of hotter summers in your garden and on your home by planting some shade trees. Select deciduous trees and plant to the south side of your home. Deciduous trees are less of a fire risk and their leaves will keep your garden and home cooler in the summer, but after dropping leaves in the fall, allow the sun to warm your home in the winter months.
Some equipment such as power washers can use huge amounts of water in a short amount of time. When considering your next home project, whether it’s spring cleaning a patio or washing the car, consider how you might use less or no water just by choosing a different tool for the job.