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

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WHAT’S NEW?

HEAT PUMP WATER HEATER PROMOTION

The heat pump water heater promotion with Home Depot and Rheem Manufacturing has launched. Read about the latest details, including discounted prices.

E-BIKES NEIGHBOURHOOD PROMOTION

E-Bike Promotion webinar

A recording of this very engaging webinar is now available. It explains the options and the role of e-bikes in transforming how millions of Canadians travel within and near their cities.

WHY DOES HVRA HAVE A NET ZERO PROJECT?

Thermal imaging shows heat being lost (Source: Green Building Advisor)

In November 2021, the HVRA Board unanimously passed a motion committing itself to considering the ecological impact of all its actions and decisions.

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; in fact, about 60% of carbon emissions in Toronto come from the fossil fuels we use to heat our homes and power our vehicles. We need to act now to minimize the CO2 we produce.

That’s where the Net Zero project comes in. This project is meant to help fight the climate crisis at a community level, by helping residents make more energy-efficient choices for their homes and transportation needs.

HOW CAN THE PROJECT HELP YOU?

By providing an information hub with links to important external sources, by holding talks with experts, and by organizing bulk buys and test runs, the Net Zero project will give you the support and encouragement of a whole community to help you reduce your use of fossil fuels. Given that about 95% of all electricity generated in Ontario is fossil-fuel free, most of the actions are meant to help move you away from natural gas and gasoline to electricity.

WHAT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE?

There are grants and rebates available to reduce your use of fossil fuels, both at home and in transit. The Net Zero Committee has put together a how-to manual that includes info on current grants and rebates for home retrofits as well as a list of energy advisors and tips on how to prepare for a home energy audit. NB: Watch for more info on rebates for electric vehicles.

WHAT KINDS OF THINGS COULD YOU DO?

There is a wide variety of retrofits and other actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.

Stay tuned for more details, bulk-buy opportunities and promotions as they roll out.

WHY NOW?

Some people tend to wait until their current appliance or vehicle breaks down before thinking about a replacement. But if you don’t plan ahead, the only quick solution may be to install another fossil fuel appliance or buy another gas-fuelled car. Making a change requires you to be knowledgeable about your choices and to make plans before you must.

WHY GET INVOLVED?

people enjoying e-bike fair Harbord Village Fall 2021

The Net Zero Committee is a dynamic group that has already engaged in several initiatives since it was formed by the HVRA board in 2020. These include:

Much more is underway. We are organizing more webinars and getting started on bulk buying. Everything we do will be incorporated into these Net Zero webpages, so keep coming back to learn more.

The more people who get involved the more we will be able to take on. Together, we can reduce our collective carbon footprint and do our part to help the planet.

PROJECT PARTNERS

The Atmospheric Fund