Wild Weather Hammers Home Case for Green Jobs

Columbia Institute Executive Director, Charley Beresford, argues last month’s intensive floods, tornadoes and hurricanes should serve as reminder that we can’t wait any longer to start actively reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.

A report released by the Columbia Institute, This Green House: Building Fast Action on Climate Change examines the role Canadian municipalities can play in setting up financing programs for residential energy retrofits, whereby loans provided to homeowners by municipalities, financial institutions, utilities or other funders can be paid back gradually through small payments on property taxes or utility bills — removing a key financial barrier for many homeowners. A $7,000 retrofit in Canada can reduce the average detached home’s energy use by between 23 and 26 per cent and cut the average household’s GHG emissions by approximately 3.1 tonnes per year.

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