In these chilly January days, most of us have the good fortune of a heating system. Keeping warm in Canada's winter means burning fuel that releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere (oil, gas, coal and wood). Carbon dioxide is a significant contributor to global warming. Humans have increased atmospheric CO2 concentration by 48% since the Industrial Revolution began.* So, what can we do to reduce these emissions while staying warm?


  1. Turn down the thermostat and wear a sweater. Simple and effective. At a minimum, install a "smart" thermostat that can be programmed to a lower temperature at night and when you are away from home.

  2. Improve the energy efficiency in your home with upgrades like improved insulation, windows and a heat pump. Take advantage of grants which promote this. After the initial investment, you will save on energy costs. 
  3. If you are not able to upgrade your windows, look into plastic film insulation, weatherstripping and cellular shades. There are a lot of DIY videos on YouTube. 

  4. Hot water heater hacks - Consult an HVAC professional about wrapping an insulation blanket around your water heater, insulating your water pipes, and installing a timer. Consider installing low-flow shower heads and faucet heads.

  5. Draught-proof your home with electrical outlet gaskets, bottom door seals (or a draft snake) and silicone seals around vents and pipes exiting the home. 

  6. Sign up with an energy provider producing renewable energy in a sustainable way.  Essentially, you will be paying an additional monthly cost to one of these providers to put renewable energy onto the grid on your behalf, and to fund projects which create more sustainable energy sources. 

  7. Cwtch up! Snuggling with a loved one or fur baby on the couch under one of Granny's afghans is good for you and the planet!
Taking Action on Climate Change
Upcoming Webinar

Also of note is an upcoming webinar on Feb. 2 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. called Taking Action on Climate Change: An Interfaith ConversationRegister at Faith & the Common Good to receive the Zoom link. "This Interfaith Conversation will be guided by the Green Rule Poster and aims to create a space for value-based conversation for climate change solutions that are rooted in faith. There will be an opportunity for Q & A, and free resources will be offered."