Ontario’s answer to your electricity woes: put on a sweater

The Ontario government just announced a wonderful tactic for all Ontario families suffering with higher electricity bills, bills that are expected to go up by at least 42 percent in the next few years. manufacturing jobs lost, communities being affected forever by invasive wind power plants…here is the answer.

News Release

Protecting the Environment One Sweater at a Time

Protecting the Environment One Sweater at a Time

Ministry of the Environment

Ontario is encouraging everyone to help fight climate change by making smart choices about energy use.
On Feb. 6, 2014, Ontario is joining WWF-Canada for National Sweater Day, which encourages Canadians to conserve energy. Ontarians can play an important role in fighting climate change by:

  • Putting on a sweater and turning down the thermostat. If every Canadian turned down their thermostat in the winter we could save 2.2 megatonnes of carbon dioxide per year — equal to taking 350,000 cars off the road.
  • Using less water. There is a close connection between water use and energy use. Many pumps and equipment are needed to get water to your home and to heat it up.
  • Replacing all those old light bulbs with new compact fluorescents or LED lights. They last and last and save you money too.
  • Installing power bars for your appliances and turning them off when not in use.

Ontario is also making major strides against climate change by closing all coal-fired electricity plants by the end of 2014. The proposed Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act would ensure that once coal facilities stop operating, coal-burning generation on the electricity grid will never happen again.
Protecting the environment while providing clean, reliable and affordable power is part of the government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate across Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • By the end of 2014, Ontario will be the first jurisdiction in North America to eliminate coal as a source of electricity production.
  • Closing the dirty coal-fired Lambton and Nanticoke plants one year ahead of schedule is saving the province’s electricity customers $95 million through reduced project and maintenance costs.
  • Replacing coal with cleaner generation, renewables and conservation will reduce Ontario emissions by up to 30 megatonnes per year and reduce the carbon footprint from electricity use by 75 per cent.

Quotes

Jim Bradley

Just one act symbolizes the difference we can all make in fighting climate change. Simple actions like turning down the thermostat and wearing a sweater demonstrate we are all united in tackling this environmental challenge.

Minister of the Environment
Bob Chiarelli

Ontarians are benefitting from a clean, reliable and affordable energy system. As we plan for our future energy needs, conservation will be the first resource considered. Conservation is environmentally friendly and it can help lower our electricity bills.

Minister of Energy
Getting serious about tackling climate change means getting serious about energy conservation. The good news is that there are practical solutions that individuals, communities and our leaders can help drive. It is great to see so many people coming together to show their commitment to saving energy and fighting climate change.

David Miller
president and CEO, WWF-Canada

Comments

thebiggreenlie
Reply

These “clowns” actually “:think” that we need to be insulted like this?……………..we PAY hard earned $$$ for this inflated and fraudulent electricity and now they say “wear a sweater” to save our world from?????……oh yeah another fraudulent crisis dreamed up by a bunch of “green clowns”!…………..UNBELIEVABLE!!!

Parker Gallant
Reply

When your nest electricity bill arrives look at the flyer closely. It will probably offer you a $5.00 coupon towards the purchase of a sweater at Holt Renfrew emblazoned with; former Toronto Mayor David Miller`s name and a polar bear.

GregL
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So we de-emphasize nuclear and hydro in favor of gas turbines, plan on driving people away from electric space heating to wood and other combustion sources, and we should turn down the thermostat and put on an additional (3rd!!!!) sweater to save the environment? And yet they dont want people to provision their own power sources? Wish they would share what they are toking… we could all use a buzz. Prospect of power costs going up 50% in constant dollars over the next decade (plus other charges I am sure) makes me wonder why anyone would want to live in Ontario.

ProGaia
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I just love how this government plays fast and loose with words and throws out things such as “Quick Facts – Replacing coal with cleaner generation, renewables and
conservation will reduce Ontario emissions by up to 30 megatonnes per
year and reduce the carbon footprint from electricity use by 75 per
cent.”

If this is a FACT,m where is the data to support it? Given that I have never seen any cradle-to-grave analysis of the total overall impact on all the inter-related systems as far as NET emissions and NET impact on the carbon footprint (and believe me I’ve looked and having spent 25 years in environmental research I know how to find results IF THEY EXIST) – where do these clowns get off throwing out these figures – and why aren’t they being challenged to back them up with hard data? As for David Miller – he’s no more a real environmentalist than climate change is a new phenomena on planet earth!

And BTW, our thermostat is set at 56 to 58 during the day depending on what I’m doing and at 55 at night and when no one is home. Wonder what temperature the minister of environment keeps his house at? As for switching to florescent light bulbs, did that when they first came out and it didn’t make a bit of difference in out hydro bill, on top of which they DO NOT last any longer than incandescent bulbs!

“Green Energy” in Ontario is the biggest green scam I’ve ever seen!

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