The City of Coquitlam has agreed to address climate change by signing the Climate Action Charter in 2007, committing to become carbon neutral by 2012 and to reduce energy consumption and associated corporate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from City operations by 30% by 2015.
The City is actively identifying and implementing energy conservation measures to fulfill the City’s Climate Action commitments. 41 energy conservation projects have been completed since signing the Charter, reducing corporate GHG emissions by 1100 tonnes or 17%. Energy conservation measures have included the installation of LED lights, lighting controls, programmable thermostats, lighting retrofits, 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 campaign to lower daily energy consumption that is within the control of staff.
Community GHG Reduction Strategy
To strengthen the City's response to climate change, Coquitlam is developing a Community Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy. This process will build on the City's existing Corporate Climate Action Plan and look at opportunities to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions across the broader community.
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 owner’s 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:
Thinking about updating your appliances? Choose products with an ENERGY STAR label, and you may qualify for a rebate. Visit the BC Hydro Energy Rebates page for detailed information.
Take a conservation challenge! Reduce your electricity use by 10% over 12 months and you could be eligible for a $75 reward. Join Team Power Smart today.
Upgrading your heating equipment can improve its efficiency and lower your utility bills. Visit FortisBC's rebates page for detailed information.
Save 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. 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. Reducing the temperature by 1ºC will save you 2% on your heating bill. 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.
Sources: BC Hydro & FortisBC
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