As an angler and a scientist, I’m trying to make a commitment to do my part to help fight climate change, live sustainably and protect our environment. I’m focusing on things I can do while also being realistic about the economics of some of these choices, all while trying to continue to live a fulfilling and enjoyable life.
In Ontario we are fortunate to have quite a clean power grid. In 2022 the electrical supply mix was 56.8% nuclear, 24.4% hydroelectric, 8.7% wind, 6.3% natural gas, 2.4% solar, 0.5% bioenergy, 0.9% other. So anytime I can switch from fossil fuel to electric it’s a major reduction in carbon dioxide output.
I’m going to break this into a number of categories (by source of CO2), talk about what I’ve done, what my plans are and any hurdles and drawbacks or wins and happy surprises I find.
Home – Conservation
Home – Heating: My current high efficiency (92.8 %) natural gas furnace is 17 years old but is still in very good shape. When it does come time to replace it the goal will be to go to a heat exchange system. The technology for these have improved significantly over the last few years and are apparently, now a better return on investment compared to a gas furnace.
Home – Water Heating
Home – Cooking
Home – Small Engines
Cottage – Off Grid Power
Cottage – Small Engines
Cottage – Heat
Boat – Main – Use electric more (e.g., no more back-trolling, use electric for bottom bouncing)
Boat – Cottage – less towing
Work – Less flying – more virtual conferences, less driving as well. More on-line meetings. Considering more work from home days (no commute).