Use Green Power
Incorporating renewable energy into your home and adopting ways
to make your energy use more efficient helps to shift a global
dependence on non-renewable energy sources (fossil
From wind and solar power to investigating geothermal systems in
your house, you can contribute to shifting this dependence and
making a significant difference in the world by using green
power. How? Check out Live Green Toronto’s How-to Video series
for some inspiration and ideas to start. They offer practical
advice that feature real Torontonians going green at: “Live
Also, as an introduction, search “green power” at www.ted.com.
With the most up to date innovative material, TED provides an
excellent platform to think about the diverse ways people are
looking at the impact green power can have on the planet:
Ted Videos / green power
One: reduce your demand!
Renewable energy makes much
more sense when your overall electricity demand is reduced
through conservation. If your monthly consumption is closer to
500 kWh instead of 1,000, then an investment in renewable energy
will bring you that much closer to energy independence.
Step Two: buy green power
Now it is easier than ever to purchase renewable power for your
home. In reality, when you purchase a block of green power, it
isn't actually delivered to your door. Your purchase is a
guarantee that green power will be purchased and entered onto
the grid, thereby offsetting the need for coal or nuclear power.
Consider it part of your
contribution to a healthy environment and a statement of your
opposition to the blind acceptance of a nuclear future.
Step Three: Join a
- Toronto --
Toronto Renewable Energy
- See the
Energy Association for more information on community
- See the
Community Power Fund for information on financing a
community power project.
Step Four: invest in your
downtown to cottage country, there are ways that you can start
to generate your own power, either as a back-up for power
failures, to become self-reliant, and even to feed into the grid
as a producer.
- Be passive. Passive
systems are the cheapest way to go solar. Heat
- Audit your home.
It's a simple step that will start you on the road to energy
savings and a more comfortable home. See our
winter heating page for information.
Conservation for The Living City:
Renewable Energy Program
Live Green Toronto’s “Eco-Roof
3. Key Organizations/Networks
Sustainable Energy Association
Communities: Home Energy Solutions
4. More Resources
– to see articles and websites that CCO has recently tagged with
“greenpower”, please visit this link
search the Great Green Directory for products, services,
programs, financial incentives, and resources specific to the
“Use Green Power” conserver action
learn what your ECOscore is! Take five minutes to rate yourself
and find out where you want to improve as a conserver.