The City of Coquitlam has agreed to address climate change by signing the Climate Action Charter in 2007, committing to work towards becoming carbon neutral by 2012 while setting an additional goal to reduce energy consumption and associated corporate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from City operations by 30% by 2015. City staff are currently developing new targets that will be brought forward to Council 2016.
The City is actively identifying and implementing energy conservation measures to fulfill the City’s corporate Climate Action commitments. Energy conservation measures have included the installation of two energy-sharing (Thermenex) systems, LED lighting, lighting controls, programmable thermostats, waste heat recovery systems and desktop power management software. The City has also initiated real-time monitoring of building energy consumption and a staff educational program to lower daily energy consumption that is within the control of staff.
The 2015 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) report highlights the actions the City has taken to reduce GHG emissions. At the end of 2015, corporate GHG emissions were 24% below 2007 levels and despite growth in City infrastructure and services, the City has made significant progress in reducing emissions.
Coquitlam Carbon Cutters
A cross-departmental green team, the Coquitlam Carbon Cutters, was established in 2010 as an integral part of the City’s GHG management plan. The Carbon Cutters use innovative and fun tactics to educate and encourage staff to adopt energy conservation principles at work. The Carbon Cutters have engaged staff in campaigns such as Ugly Sweater Day, Take the Stairs Challenge, Building-specific Challenges and Computer & Monitor Shut Down.
Empower Me Coquitlam
Empower Me is a free program that offers peer-to-peer education on energy conservation, fire safety, emergency preparedness, and environmental services to new residents in Coquitlam. The Program is offered in 9 languages including Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Farsi. If you own a home in the City of Coquitlam and are interested in participating in the Empower Me program, visit the Empower Me website for more details.
Residential Energy Rebates
A home energy makeover can improve your comfort level and air quality, while putting money back into your pockets and reducing your carbon footprint. There are many rebates and incentives that home owners can take advantage of to help ease the financial pain of investing in energy efficiency. The City would like to share the following resources currently available to residents:
For a limited time Coquitlam residents can qualify for a $100-$200 rebate on select Energy Star® clothes washers. Sponsored by BC Hydro Power Smart and the City of Coquitlam. Visit powersmart.ca/appliances to check the Product Eligibility Search Tool for qualifying models and to apply for your rebate.
Visit the BC Hydro Energy Rebates page to check for the most up to date rebates available to you..
Take a conservation challenge! Reduce your electricity use by 10% over 12 months and you could be eligible for a $50 reward. Join Team Power Smart today.
Upgrading your heating equipment (such as your water heater) can improve its efficiency and lower your utility bills. Visit FortisBC's rebates page for detailed information..
Tips for Saving Energy At Home
Save money while keeping your home comfortable. Take advantage of these LOW/NO cost opportunities to improve the efficiency of your home.
- Wash your clothes in cold water for up to 90% energy savings, hang to dry for even more savings.
- Install low-flow shower heads & faucets. A five minute shower with a low-flow shower head uses up to 70% less water than the standard, saving both energy & water costs.
- Run your dishwasher only when it's full and skip the drying cycle. If hand-washing, rinse dishes in cold water. Better yet, use a basin of cold water instead of running the tap.
- Try lowering your thermostat temperature overnight and when you are away from your home. You can save 2% on your heating bill for every 1ºC you turn down your thermostat. Programmable thermostats make this easier by automatically adjusting the temperature to preset levels.
- Instead of cranking up the heat, put on a sweater. Not only will you feel cozy, it's another way to save money on your heating bills.
- Replace your old incandescent bulbs with energy efficient CFLs or LEDs. CFLs use approximately 75% less energy and can last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescents, LEDs save even more energy and last even longer!
- Reduce standby power use. Unplug home electronic, chargers, & small appliances when not in use.
- Adjust blinds to deflect heat in the summer, and keep heat in during the winter.
- Heat only the rooms you’re using. Close warm air supply registers, or lower the thermostat if you have baseboard heaters, in rooms you’re not using. Avoid heating non-insulated spaces such as a garage, crawl space, attic or storage shed.
- Adjust your hot water heater. The hot water temperature in many homes is too hot. Turning down your water heater thermostat (no lower than 55ºC and no higher than 60ºC) can pay off in savings of up to 5% for every 6ºC.
For more energy saving tips and to watch DIY How-To videos, visit:
Small Business and Commercial
No matter the size of your business, there are tools available to help save money and improve efficiency at your facility There are rebates available for upgrading: lighting, water heaters, cooking equipment, and more. Contact the City’s Energy Specialist today to find out about opportunities available to your business.
Call 604-927-4304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information..
Property Developers & Builders
Rebates and offers for New Homes and New Construction projects help you build high-performance, energy-efficient buildings. Check out the City of Coquitlam’s Green Development Guide which highlights development practices that are applicable to development conditions within Coquiltam.
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