Salt Spring’s Brigitte Hayes explores people, organizations and businesses making a difference as we transition from fossil fuels and go green.
Are you taking BC Hydro’s 10% challenge?
Brigitte Hayes November 2014
You should. More than 2/3rd of the people who sign up save energy and money too! It’s fun and a great learning experience.
Even if you don’t win the challenge, you’ll learn so much along the way about how easy it is to change a few habits to save energy and money too. Read more...
Committed Carnivore or More Meatless Mondays for You?
Brigitte Hayes July 2014
We started the Green Heroes blog last fall by writing about local gardeners who are able to grow much of their own food. I discovered during our conversations that both families are vegetarian, and it made me wonder whether this was the right choice for the rest of us too. Read more...
Looking for Lettuce in All the Right Places
Brigitte Hayes June 2014
Ramp up your Home Energy Retrofit
Brigitte Hayes May 2014
But most of us won’t have the opportunity to build a new one from the ground up. Instead, we invest in making our existing homes more comfortable and energy-efficient. It’s hard to think about making energy-saving retrofits with the warmer weather upon us, but by next winter, you’ll wish you had! Read more...
Wanted: More Pedal Power Please
Brigitte Hayes April 2014
The electric bicycle, e-bike, or “motor-assisted cycle” (MAC), as it is referred to by ICBC, has been around for over a hundred years. Today, there is renewed interest as people seek to reduce their fossil fuel usage or go car-free altogether. And as a bonus, it’s healthier and more fun than taking a car. For the latest from our local experts,read on
Electric Vehicle Owners are Feeling the Love
Brigitte Hayes March 2014
There are over 4,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road in Canada today, and that number is set to rise exponentially as the vehicle charging infrastructure continues to roll out across the country. But it's not just economics that motivates these drivers, they are in love with their vehicles! Read more....
Are you Ready to Harness the Sun's Energy for Your Home?
Brigitte Hayes February 2013
At a time when the price of everything seems to be going up, one thing is actually going down: the cost of solar energy. The price of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels has dropped about 80 per cent since 2008, and thanks to economies of scale, prices continue to trend downward. Are you ready to leap in? MORE
Put your Home on an Energy Diet for 2014
Brigitte Hayes January 2013
Busy making New Year’s resolutions? This year, think about an energy diet for your home. Studies have shown that monitoring your energy usage is a good place to start. Here's some tools to help you get started. MORE
How Green Can a Business be?
Brigitte Hayes December 2nd 2013
Solar Hot Water: Making More Sense Than Ever
Brigitte Hayes November 7th 2013
Did you know generating hot water represents 15 to 25 per cent of your household energy bill? With BC Hydro rates set to increase, and a granting program imminent, now is the time to assess whether letting the sun heat your water makes sense for your home or business.MORE
Why Grow Your Own Food? Local Gardeners Share Their Thoughts
Brigitte Hayes October 4th 2013
Growing fruits and vegetables for personal consumption is one way to reduce our carbon footprint..... global food production is responsible for one-third of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. Growing our own food therefore, not only leads to self-sufficiency, better health and happiness, but helps the planet as well. MORE