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Buying an EV: It Ain’t Easy Buying Green

In the spring of 2013, I made a big promise to myself.  I would own an electric vehicle (EV) by the time I turned 50.  Since I was the New Year’s baby in Wiliams Lake in 1964, that left me approximately 8 months to accomplish the feat.  Easy peasy, right?

Turns out I was being overly optimistic.  

What was the hitch, you ask?  Can’t you just pop down to a dealer, pick your favourite colour, sign the credit card slip, and drive away (silently)?

The world conspires against EV owners, I’ve learned -- at least this part of the world (I live in Kamloops, BC).  

A Simpler Holiday

Are you looking for ways to celebrate the holidays and be kind to the earth at the same time? It’s really not hard to do. In fact, it’s easy: just focus on experiences, not things.


Small Actions Add Up

The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is thrilled with the outcome of BC Hydro’s recent “Power Down the Cube” promotion at the Kamloops Home Show. As a result of all the folks who pressed the button on the Cube, the local group will be receiving a $5000 donation in support of their community energy outreach programs.

The Power of Partnerships in Community Engagement

As the lead organizer of The Solar Laundry Project (SLP) here in Kamloops, I’ve been on a steep learning curve. The SLP is an initiative of the Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association which encourages people to reduce their electrical consumption by hanging clothes to dry instead of using the dryer. For the past two years, we’ve organized an awareness campaign based on weekly draws for high-quality clotheslines during the summer months.

I’ve learned that a focus on fun goes a long way, great promotional photos are like gold, simple messaging is best, and good relationships with media are key to coverage. But perhaps the biggest single eye-opener has been the importance of partnerships.

Keeping Cool with Shade

With the heat wave we just experienced, I’m sure all of us would have appreciated a big shade tree sheltering our homes from the blazing sun! The smart use of shade is one of those techniques and skills that made sense in earlier times and are coming back into use now. Many of us are trying to live more simply, avoiding waste and over-consumption of resources. Along with drying laundry on a clothesline, growing food in the garden, canning and preserving, we can keep our homes cool with shade and save on energy costs too.