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Walk the Talk for Your Home or Community to Reduce your footprint

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

Walk the Talk Project Background

The average Canadian has a carbon 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 footprint needs to be lowered by 2 tonnes per person by 2050. This would keep carbon dioxide in the atmosphere below 450 ppm.

Starting in 2013 ecoCaledon members worked towards reducing their carbon footprint making changes in their habits in their homes. We call this “Walk the Talk” ……

On Caledon day 2014 ecoCaledon launched “Walk the Talk” to community groups across Caledon. Walk the Talk is a fun hands on workshop that includes everything from how to measure your heat loss to big and small ways to reduce your energy footprint and make savings on your heating.

Walk the Talk is for interested community groups such as Service Clubs, Schools, Churches and now Kid’s groups including Girl Guides and others in Caledon.

If your community group is interested in Walk the Talk please contact: Lucrezia Chiappetta:

Our homes and How We “Walked The Talk” …

You can see drawings of what several ecoCaledon members did to try and reduce their carbon emissions from the home. Let us know what you have done and send us a drawing to add to this page! –See the “Walk the Talk Check List/Tips Sheet” below these house drawings.

Walk The Talk Check List/Tip Sheet- See where you can make difference to you house energy and save…

Here is a printable version of the tip sheet

Name:    Date: 

Walk the Talk, Reduce your Footprint: select the appropriate column for each action,

Already done!

I could do this in:



No investment required




Measure the temperature in your most-used rooms to find hot/cold spots      
Monitor your energy use to find the major/unexpected users (Kill-a Watt meter)      
Review the times for heating (and hot water, if applicable) to come on /off      
Turn off lights when you are not using them      
Turn “greedy” appliances off (not standby) – put several on a shared power bar      
Winter: turn thermostat down to 20C      
Winter: turn thermostat down to 19C…or lower      
Summer: turn thermostat up to 25C      
Summer: turn thermostat up to 26C…or higher      
Take short showers instead of baths      
Only heat the amount of water you need in the kettle      
Run washing machine with cold water and only run when full      
Dry clothes outside when possible, or on drying racks indoors      
Defrost fridge and freezer regularly, vacuum the outside      
Open / close blinds and curtains to help keep warm in winter, cool in summer      
Turn off heating / AC in rooms which are not in use      
Put fridge and freezer in cool areas in the house      
Low cost or DIY      
Find where heat is escaping by getting an infrared scan of your house (ecoCaledon)      
Check hot-water tank insulation, add if necessary      
Check if you need more attic insulation (clues from frost / snow patterns on roof)      
Replace light bulbs with more energy-efficient ones (cfl or led)      
Draught-proof external doors and windows, fireplace dampers, attic hatches etc.      
Insulate hot water pipes      
DIY temporary secondary glazing on single/poorly glazed windows      
Install an outdoor washing line      
Save water costs by installing barrels to collect rainwater for garden use      
Switch to renewable electricity/gas (eg Bullfrog Power)      
Have your heating system inspected to ensure it is operating safely and efficiently      
Install a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one      
Use timers for things like: pool filter pump, Xmas lights, outdoor lights etc.      
Get Home Energy Audit including leak test (approx. $500 for before & after tests)      
Low-Carbon choices when you have changes planned      
When buying electrical appliances, look for the most energy-efficient model      
Buy the smallest appliance you can manage with      
For building work – exceed current regulations regarding insulation etc.      
Consider triple glazing for north-facing or very large windows      
Choose a wood-burning stove in place of an open fire      
If a wood-stove is not an option, consider a wood-burning insert for your fireplace      
Upgrade central heating controls to programmable      
Consider adding heat recovery systems to kitchen and bathroom extractors      
Seal gaps round any holes in external walls (egg. for drier outlet)      
Choose low-carbon building materials (egg. FSC timber, locally produced)      
Choose low-carbon materials  like natural fibres for floor coverings      
Choose low-carbon insulation (sheep’s wool, hemp, recycled paper, etc.)      
New extension: make use of passive heating/cooling by optimal siting      
If moving house, choose the smallest house you can manage with      
If moving house, look for one with energy-saving features      
Larger projects      
Replace old furnace and A/C with new system (depending on age of current eqpt.)      
Install passive solar for hot water heating      
Install biofuel heating (egg wood-pellet boiler)      
Install solar photovoltaic panels for electricity generation      
Install a ground source heat pump (“geothermal”)      
Replace any poorly insulated windows with low-e, double- or triple-glazed versions      
Replace old external doors with highly insulated versions      
Consider extra wall and floor insulation (if suitable for your construction type)      
Consider moving to a smaller house      
Add and share your ideas!      

More Information:
For More Information on Walk the Talk and other ways to Reduce your Energy footprint for a more sustainable world see other parts of this website under the “Drawdown Green Directory”:

  • A great first step to understanding your electricity use is to borrow a Kill-A-Watt meter, available at all Caledon libraries. An instruction booklet is included.
  • To see typical electricity use for different appliances, go to this Hydro One page: http:
  • See how your actual electricity use changes throughout the day/month/year at this Hydro One website: Login/setup “My Account” and select “my electricity usage”, then use tabs to see hourly, daily, etc. use from data gathered by your Smart meter!

Drawdown Solution Tie In:

Energy Sector Solutions –depending what you do to your home

#18 Geothermal
#10 Rooftop Solar


Buildings and Cities Sector solutions –depending what you do to your home

#73 Green Roofs
#33 LED Lighting
#42 Heat Pumps
#31 Insulation

For descriptions of each solution go to:

How to Get Involved with individually or with a Community Group

Take a look at your own life and choose ways to reduce your energy footprint –Drawdown solutions… check out Projects and Connections on the ecoCaledon web site for ideas and people to help.

Contact and Location information:

If you would like more information on the Walk the Talk project(including a workshop for your group), contact Lu Chiappetta:


ecoCaledon Drawdown

ecoCaledon Drawdown helps individuals and community members in Caledon be a part of Project Drawdown. Project Drawdown provides us with a road map of how we can reverse global warming together! 

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