Action

The climate challenge requires everyone to act

May Tips

The results of our Kingston Climate Action survey will be released this month, so our May theme is community engagement.

What's Going on at City Hall - There's a lot happening at the municipal level around climate change. Check out our community calendar to find out when council and committee meetings are and what's on the agenda.

Join a Community Group - There's a lot of grassroots organizing happening in Kingston. Subscribe to our email list to find out what's going on in Kingston and check out our community calendar to see when local groups are meeting.

Email Us - Missed out on completing the survey or forgot to add something to your comments? Email us at kingston@climatehub.ca to make a suggestion for climate action in Kingston. 

Individual Action

Start Today

Turn Off Electronic Devices

By turning off your television, stereo, computer, fans, lights when you are not using them, you will save thousands of kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

Check Your Tires

Keeping your tires inflated properly can improve the fuel efficiency of your car. Every litre of petrol saved keeps 2.5 kg of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.  

Use Water Carefully

Don't waste water. It takes a lot of energy to heat water, so use less hot water and when you do, use efficient heating appliances. 

Minimize Electricity Use During On-Peak Hours

From May 1 - October 31, time-of-use periods are 7am-11am (mid-peak), 11am-5pm (on-peak), 5pm-7pm (mid-peak) and 7pm-7am (off-peak). During off-peak hours, Ontario's electricity mix has a low carbon footprint. However, during peak hours, we rely on gas plants to provide the supply.  

Eat Green

Eat seasonally, locally, and mainly plants. Local community supported agriculture (CSAs) are a great option. They provide nearly seasonal fresh produce, grown locally, with a much smaller food transportation footprint than what you'd find at large supermarkets. Just Google "CSA Kingston" to see how many great options there are!

Encourage Others to Conserve

Share info about recycling and energy conservation with your friends and family. Energy Conservation is a no-cost way to save money. Dianne Saxe focused her last report as Environment Comissioner on the topic.

Email Your Councillor

Tell them you want climate change to be a priority.

Use a toaster oven for small meals

Toaster ovens use up to 50% less energy than conventional electric ovens and are quicker to heat up to the same high temperatures.

Dry your clothes naturally

Hang your clothes outside to dry in the summer time, or purchase a drying rack for cold weather and apartment living. When you wash your clothes, most of the emissions come from the dryer.

Switch to LED bulbs

LED bulbs can emit the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb and use a fraction of the energy.

Set your thermostat to 17-21°C 

Aim for a high of 21°C during the day and 17°C while you're away from home or sleeping. You could save about 2% on your heating bill every month. That's more money in your pocket.

Vacation locally instead of abroad

Air travel has the largest climate change impact per passenger kilometre than any other mode of transportation. Spend some time exploring our own back yard. Ontario is a beautiful province.

Insulate your basement

Did you know that 20% of your home's total heat loss can come from your basement? Insulate it and install energy efficient windows to keep the heat in and more money in your pocket. 

Replace your stove with an induction stove top

Induction stoves are twice as efficient as gas versions. Plus, they're great for families since they only emit heat when they come into contact with a steel or iron element.

Install energy-efficient windows

Lower heating, cooling and lighting costs, improved performance, and a reduced carbon footprint. Energy-efficient windows are a great way to go. 

Commute sustainably year-round

Forget scraping ice off windshields and sliding to a stop. Commute sustainably year-round by walking, biking, or taking city transit. 

Drive an electric car

Electric cars don't need to be expensive. Teslas are great, but there are many more economical options out there. Check out your local dealer to ask what electric or hybrid options they have. If they don't currently carry any, you may be the tipping point to changing that.

Install a high-efficiency furnace

Replacing an old furnace will reduce your household greenhouse gas emissions and your home heating costs.

Work and play close to where you live

Make the move to a home that's closer to where you work, or ask about working from home. You'll lower your emissions, spend less time commuting, and have more time to do the things you love.

Buy green power

Buy green power with a program such as Bullfrog Power. You can reduce your emissions while supporting the growth of renewable energy in Canada.

Upgrade your roof's insulation

We may sound like a broken record at this point, but we'll say it again. Improving your home's energy efficiency puts more money back in your pocket. Consider hiring a qualified professional and ask about insulation that's R40 or higher.

Install a solar PV system

The cost of solar PV is dropping rapidly. With the rising cost of electricity off the grid, there's no better time to invest in clean, free energy from the sun.

Plan your trips

Need to run some errands in the city? Plan your route to save time and money, reducing emissions in the process.  

Get real about real estate

Think before you buy or build. Look for great insulation, a clean heat source, quality windows and doors, just to name a few.  Consider consulting with a sustainable building professional. 

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead. 
 
Citizens cannot rely on government alone to solve critically challenging issues. That’s why we’ve formed the Kingston Climate Hub: to provide non-partisan information on climate change, to engage with our community to take control of climate change in our own backyards, and to monitor government and industry actions and outcomes.