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Alberta's electricity is mostly coal-fired. And coal is the enemy of the human race. So what is a green Edmontonian to do?

The first, most profitable and greenest thing you can do is to reduce your energy use. The easiest ways to do that, all of which have better paybacks than most any mutual fund, include lighting with only compact fluorescent bulbs, replacing your 15-year old refrigerator with a new energy efficient model, and plugging your consumer electronics into power strips to that they don't suck juice while they're turned off. We'll cover all of these actions in future posts.  read more... »

Greenest House in Edmonton

One of the 12 greenest houses in Canada is being built right here in Edmonton.

The Riverdale NetZero Energy Duplex is under construction right now in Edmonton's river valley, as part of CMHC's EQuilibrium Housing Initiative.

A net zero energy house generates all its own heat and electricity on an annual basis. Is this really possible here in Edmonton’s cold northerly climate? Yes!

Visit riverdalenetzero.ca for more details.  read more... »

Green Your Laundry, Part 1

Alberta's electricity is as dirty as it comes. As an Edmontonian, when you're using power you're almost certainly causing coal to be burned.

Coal is the dirtiest electricity source in terms of poisons (Sulfur Dioxides, Mercury, Nitrous Oxides) and Carbon Dioxide, the most problematic greenhouse gas.

One of the cheapest actions you can take to reduce your impact is to start hang-drying your clothes. Buy a drying rack (or two) like the one pictured above. I got mine at Superstore. The next time it's time to waste a bunch of coal by tossing your wet clothes into the electric dryer, pull out the rack instead and start hanging.  read more... »