Transition Salt Spring

Green Heroes

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

As my thoughts turned to anything-but-kale greens in early June, I popped into one of our grocery stores to see what was on offer. I was shocked — SHOCKED — to see red and green leaf lettuce priced at $2.49 and $2.99 per bunch. I wondered how something that is growing in local gardens at this very moment could cost so much. Read more...

Ramp up your Home Energy Retrofit

Brigitte Hayes May 2014

Did you know that with today’s technology, it’s possible to build a new house that uses only 10 to 20 per cent of the energy to heat and cool a standard Canadian home?

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

From greening an existing business to creating a green business from scratch – these winners are at the forefront of reducing carbon footprint and protecting the environment.  But who would have expected this?


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


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