Net Zero Carbon Project
Working together to reduce our use of fossil fuels

Thermal image of a house and two donut charts of Toronto GHG emissions

Thermal imaging shows heat loss. Source: Green Building Advisor (Left). Sources of carbon emissions in Toronto. Source: City of Toronto (Right)

Why does HVRA have a Net Zero Carbon Project?

Climate change is the defining crisis of our time. And the main drivers for climate change are greenhouse gases—notably carbon dioxide. Our homes and cars are major sources of CO2 emissions, primarily from the burning of fossil fuels including natural gas for home heating, cooling and hot water. We need to act now to minimize the fossil fuels we burn.

The Net Zero Project’s mission is to help Harbord Villagers make more energy-efficient choices for their homes and transportation needs so they can reduce their household carbon emissions:

Rooftop Solar Electric

Interested in installing rooftop solar to bring down your electricity bills but not sure where to start? The Net Zero project has partnered with four vendors with proven track records in downtown Toronto, and who are offering discounts. Read more

Air Source Heat Pump Space Heating

Home heating and cooling may contribute more to household energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions than anything else in our homes. Air source heat pumps could significantly reduce both.

Your neighbours are switching to heat pumps. Read about their brands, models and installers. Reach out to them directly if you have any questions. Read more

Duct Sealing

If you live in an older house that has air ducts for heating, cooling and ventilation, your home would likely benefit from having those ducts sealed. The improvements in home comfort and energy efficiency were significant for this Harbord Villager. Read Tim Grant’s first hand account. Read more

Heat Pump Water Heating

Water heaters use about 18% of the total energy consumed in a home, second only to space heating. Water heaters often run on natural gas, which is a fossil fuel. The Net Zero project has partnered with Home Depot to offer a discount for replacing an existing natural gas water heater with an electric heat pump water heater (HPWH). Read more

Exterior Insulation

Exterior retrofitting—or house wrapping—can play a major role in reducing the carbon footprint of your home and achieving net zero carbon emissions. Either on its own, or in combination with the adoption of electric heat pump space and water heating, it is a good way to reduce energy consumption and reliance on natural gas. Read more


The HVRA Net Zero committee has launched a promotion of pedal-assist “e-bikes.” E-bikes work like regular bicycles, but the pedal-assist allows riders to travel further with less effort. As such, e-bikes provide an alternative to driving in many different scenarios. Read more

Induction Stoves

Installing an electric induction stove is another way to reduce your dependence on natural gas, and improve indoor air quality in the process. The Net Zero project has partnered with Best Buy Canada to offer deep discounts on a wide variety of induction ranges and cooktops.

This list of induction stoves on offer has expanded to include many more makes and models including Bosch, LG, Cafe and more. Read more

What Financial Assistance Is Available?

Rebates and loan programs are available to help reduce your use of fossil fuels, both at home and for transportation. In many cases, a home energy audit performed by a certified energy advisor is required in order to qualify. The Net Zero project has put together a Rebate and Loan Programs how-to manual to explain the available financial programs and eligibility criteria.

Net Zero Project Activities

The Net Zero project team is actively involved in organizing retrofit promotions, bulk-buy discounts, panel discussions, educational webinars and bike fairs to encourage the adoption of household carbon reduction measures for the residents of Toronto’s Harbord Village—and beyond. See the Net Zero project activities page for more detail.

Lawn Sign Campaign

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Our lawn sign campaign acknowledges households that have taken concrete action to reduce their home and transportation carbon emissions. Lawn signs draw attention to efforts that might otherwise go unnoticed and demonstrate that the Harbord Village neighbourhood is taking on the climate emergency.

Go here to arrange for your free of charge lawn sign. If you have replaced your gas furnace with an electric heat pump, installed rooftop solar, replaced your gas stove with induction, replaced a gas fuelled car with electric, adopted active transportation or an e-bike in lieu of car ownership, then you could qualify for a lawn sign.

How to get involved?

Sign up for the Net Zero mailing list 

Join the Net Zero committee


Follow our Net Zero Neighbourhoods Facebook Page for the latest news, events and promotions

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Webinar recordings and testimonials can be found on the Net Zero Harbord Village YouTube channel

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