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Energy

Building a Passive House: What Did I Miss?

Every month, the BCSEA hosts a Climate and Energy Solutions Webinar, and we had a great one on Tuesday Nov 12th.

Rob Bernhardt, who with his son Mark has just built their own two-family Passive House in Saanich, gave us a detailed tour of the building process, showing us what make their’s a passive house that uses 90% less energy than a regular house. Yes, 90% less energy. Their heating bill for October to keep the house at a cozy 21 degrees cost them all of $20.

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.

Join us for our 2013 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - November 2, 2013

The 2013 Annual General Meeting of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) will be held at UBC Robson Square - 800 Robson Street, Vancouver British Columbia – on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 1:45pm. We welcome all BCSEA members and members of the general public to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

The purpose of our AGM is to present our Annual Report, invite questions and feedback from our members, and re- elect/elect members to our Board of Directors. The meeting agenda, Annual Report, and Financial Statements will be available on the BCSEA website at http://www.bcsea.org/get-involved/events/2013/11/02/bcsea-annual-general...

Grateful for a lot of help from our friends

Here at the Kamloops Chapter of the BCSEA, we have a lot to be grateful for. This fall, unexpected gifts remind us of how much support we're seeing for our message and our work.

BC Hydro’s Integrated Resource Plan: Big Hydro and Less Energy Conservation

Early this past August, BC Hydro submitted its Integrated Resource Plan (“IRP”) to the government for approval. The main themes are: a commitment to build the Site C dam; a retreat from energy conservation; the continuing uncertainties about liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects and how much electricity they would require; cuts to renewable energy resources; and an increased reliance on gas-fired generation. The public and interested parties now have a modest – and inadequate – opportunity to provide comments. More....

Living in a Passive House

Four months ago my family and I moved into our new Passive home in Victoria, BC. It is always exciting moving into a new house, but with it being a Passive House, we really didn't know what to expect. We were told many great things about it, but there are fewer than ten of these houses in BC at the moment, so we didn't know anyone who actually knew what it was like to live in one.

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.

Climate Change Showdown Awards

The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is delighted to announce this year’s winners in the Climate Change Showdown program, offered in partnership by the City of Kamloops and BCSEA. Top-scoring students will be honoured at the Kamloops City Council meeting Tuesday June 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm. The students learned about climate change in class and then worked on contest actions with their families over a four-week period. They reduced greenhouse gas emissions through eating local foods, turning down the thermostat, taking shorter showers and turning off the lights.

Keeping Cool with Windows

Here’s an example of how NOT to keep your home cool. A few years ago, my upstairs neighbour used to close the windows but leave blinds wide open on the hot summer days. The window air conditioner was going full blast all day while he was at work. Silly and wasteful, don’t you think? He moved out and I bought the place, moving upstairs in the same building. I had it fixed up with new paint and floors, and one of the best things I did was to put cellular blinds on the windows. We don’t use air conditioning. I can’t stand that noisy thing and I’m stubborn about not wasting electricity.