Climate change is an urgent problem that requires commitment to action from everyone in the community. By making a few simple changes to your daily routine, Whistler can continue to demonstrate leadership and protect the mountain culture we love.
Homes account for up to 40 per cent of stationary energy use in Whistler, and unfortunately, not all of that energy is put to good use. Many of these homes can easily reduce their energy use and be more cost-effective with reltively small improvements.
Here are some ways to make your home more energy efficient:
- NEW! - Get a $250 rebate on a Home Energy Assessment. Learn how to make your home more energy efficient by participating in the Power Down to Save Up Home Energy Assessment program. In addition to the assessment rebate, homeowners can receive potentially thousands in new HERO rebates (Home Energy Rebate Offer) available through BC Hydro and FortisBC.
- Join BC Hydro’s Team Power Smart: Learn how to save energy and money with online tips and tools, and gain access to members-only benefits. Visit the Team Power Smart website.
- Learn more ways to reduce your energy emissions. Use a carbon calculator to estimate your personal greenhouse gas footprint, learn 52 ways to reduce your emissions and view other free actions you can take on the LiveSmart BC website.
Approximately half of Whistler’s community-wide greenhouse gas emissions come from passenger vehicle travel, and the use of passenger vehicles within municipal boundaries represents an estimated collective fuel bill of more than $23 million per year.
Many ride-share options are available in the Sea to Sky corridor: find out more and start carpooling today!
In 2010, the commercial sector in Whistler consumed approximately $13 million worth of electricity and another $9 million of natural gas. This represents more than half of all energy consumed by buildings in Whistler. Finding just 10 per cent efficiencies across this sector would total more than $2 million per year in reduced energy costs.
Here are ways businesses can improve their bottom line, increase energy efficiency, and reduce GHG emissions:
- LiveSmart BC Small Business Program. This program is designed to help small businesses improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy costs through free Business Energy Advisor services and improved access to efficient technologies and utility product incentives. Visit the LiveSmart BC Small Business Program webpage.
- BC Hydro Commercial Sector Programs. BC Hydro provides a variety of tools, initiatives and incentives to help businesses save energy and money, including an online energy manager, a productive incentive program, workplace conservation awareness tools and more. Learn more about BC Hydro’s Commercial Sector Programs.
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