ecoCaledon

environmental citizens organization

Walk the Talk

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If you or your organization are interested in hosting a “Walk the Talk” session; a free interactive workshop about saving energy in the home and lowering your carbon footprint, please contact us to find out more!

 

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Thermal Imaging helps with tracking down heat loss

thermal image of leaky switchplateThese images were taken using ecoCaledon’s FLIR thermal imaging camera. We will be using this specialized camera to help Caledon residents track down some of the places where heat is escaping from their homes. By sealing gaps round doors, windows and in other places, such as round the light switch plate in the first image, you can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat your home, lowering your carbon emissions. Less wasted energy means a lower heating bill too!

The purple areas to the top and right of the switch plate are approximately 6°C colder than the yellow areas round the rest of the switch plate, showing that a poor seal is allowing heat to escape here.

thermal image of outside wall, showing hotspot

The second image was taken from the outside, and shows an unexplained hot-spot (see cross-hairs) where heat is escaping from the inside of the building through the brick wall. Higher temperature areas show up yellow or even white, while the lower temperatures are indicated by purple hues. (The higher temperature indicated in the window area in this image is normal).

If you are interested in seeing where heat is escaping from your home, watch this space, as ecoCaledon will be rolling out a program to offer thermal imaging soon!

The background to “Walk the Talk!”

The average Canadian has a Carbon emissions footprint of approximately 20 tonnes per person, per year. Many scientists now believe that to keep climate change to a manageable level, the global average Carbon footprint needs to be lowered to 2 tonnes per person by 2050! This would help towards the goal of keeping levels of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere below 450ppm (see graphic on the right for current and recent measurements).

Inspired by this need and our visioning sessions in 2013, members of the ecoCaledon committee decided to test their own green credentials by examining their lifestyles and taking measures to reduce their Carbon footprints. We are calling this “Walk the Talk” (WTT).

Our WTT journey started early in 2014 with monthly meetings to estimate the Carbon emissions coming from different activities in our lives: energy we use in the home; the food we eat; consumer items we buy; and our personal travel. In these meetings, we discuss how we might be able to reduce our overall Carbon footprints and we challenge one another to take action. One of the aims is for each of us to formulate a Carbon footprint reduction plan with a timeline and concrete milestones. The official launch of our Walk the Talk Program was at Caledon Day, 14th June 2014.

As we go, we are highlighting the challenges and putting together a process and a resource pool (click on the house icon below) to help others who may wish to join us in this journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

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In early 2015 we will be continuing to engage community, school and business leaders to join the “Walk the Talk“ program and to make their own plan for reducing their Carbon footprint due to energy used in the home. Activity based workshops will be offered.

In Spring 2015 we plan to arrange workshops on the same subject for the public. In preparation for this, we are asking residents for their input so that we can offer the events which as useful as possible.
We anticipate offering two levels of participation: basic information for those new to exploring the options and, for those who are ready to take big steps right away, more in-depth content such as researching Geo Thermal or Solar options etc.  We will invite experts in these fields to speak at our workshops, we will show videos of what can be done, demonstrate concepts using a model house and have break-out tables/rooms for developing personal Carbon footprint reduction plans. Information will be provided to help participants understand cost/benefits of actions.

At all stages, participants will be encouraged to share their knowledge, experiences and best practices. This is a learning experience for all of us and there is much to be gained by sharing success stories, so if you have a photo or story to tell about how you have made energy-saving improvements, please email us at info@ecocaledon.org!

Over the following years, we plan to extend all parts of the program to look at Carbon emissions due to the food we eat; consumer items we buy; and our personal travel.

Please contact us if you would like to learn more about “Walk the Talk”!