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How to reduce environmental impact

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Electrify your transportation

  • There are so many opportunities to use clean, electric energy to get around: electric vehicles (EVs), electric bicycles (e-bikes), and various types of scooters or electric motorcycles are becoming available to buy or to rent/lease.

  • View a recording of our Deep Dive session “Electric Vehicle Charging” in our video library by clicking the button below.

  • Take advantage of government rebates to purchase your EV and to install an EV charger at home. Click button below for details.


Compost Plant-based Kitchen Scraps

  • Compost fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea and coffee.

  • Join ShareWaste with button below to find a compost bin in your neighbourhood or to offer your bin to share with others.

  • Fold used newspaper into an upside down pirate's hat for composting kitchen scraps.  That can go right into the compost with the food scraps.

  • Avoid 'compostable' bags which are not usually biodegradable in a backyard bin.  Do the same for kitchen scraps - ditch the plastic.

  • In an apartment with no compost bin? Vermicompost with worms. Contact the Replenish Refillery in Summerland for a course and supplies.

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Xeriscape Your Yard

  • Lawns use lots of water. Replace lawns with drought-tolerant plants and xeriscape materials.  Use micro-irrigation if irrigation is required.

  • Enjoy lower cost and less maintenance work (no fertilizers or pesticides).

  • Reduce pollution and create a wildlife habitat.  Native plants, shrubs, and trees offer a familiar and varied habitat for local wildlife.

  • Get inspired by visiting the Okanagan Xeriscape website with button below for more information about native plants.


Convert to Electric Yard Equipment

  • Lawn equipment is responsible for 12 percent of all carbon monoxide emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Each gas lawn mower in use adds more than 85 decibels to noise pollution levels.

  • Be nice to nature and to your neighbours – convert to electric yard equipment.

  • Electric mowers, trimmers, chain saws, and leaf blowers are quiet, clean, and economical.  They require next to no maintenance and do not need to be winterized.

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Install a Heat Pump

  • Get an energy audit of your home and find out how to access funding sources for upgrades and conversions.

  • Install an electric heat pump, reduce your carbon footprint, and start saving money.

  • With button below, access our page to learn more heat pumps, how to obtain grants, and what type of system will works best for you.

  • View a recording of our Deep Dive session “Geothermal Exchange” in our video library with button below.


Reject Fossil Gas

  • Fossil Gas, also called natural gas by those who promote it, is a major source of methane which contributes to climate change.

  • Fossil gas used in buildings for heating or cooking contributes to various health hazards.  There a better alternatives such as electric heat pumps and induction cooking.  Watch our Deep Dive session titled “Cooking with Gas?” with button below.

  • Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) is a form of methane and other chemical components originating from the decomposition of bio-waste.  See our bulletin about RNG with one button, and learn about the nature of RNG with the third button.

  • Fortis BC intends to build an additional fossil gas pipeline along Naramata Bench.  Click the last button to join our campaign and stop this controversial project.



Raise Your Voice

  • Join climate justice organizations, attend protests and share your concern for our planet with your friends, local elected leaders, and on social media. 

  • Write a letter to the editor about important issues: tree canopy, building codes, heat pump rebates, zoning, safe cycling, walkable communities.



Try These Ideas

  • Click the button below to check out more ideas on how to reduce your impact on our world.

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