PORT ELGIN, NB – The village of Port Elgin will be moving forward with its plan to reduce energy consumption within the municipality.
At its recent monthly meeting, council discussed the results of a public information session held in late November to gauge local interest in regards to reducing energy consumption in homes and businesses within the village in the future.
Over the past several years, the village has participated in the Partners for Climate Change program sponsored by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and in the fall of 2013 reached milestone two of that initiative.
Some aspects which were discussed and considered for the village at the information session were the implementation of LED street lighting, renewable energy, bike lanes in the village, water metering and rain barrels and rain gardens. In addition, some participants suggested the use of blue and green solid waste bins being placed in all public places and the municipal composting of leaves and trees.
Coun. Val MacDermid noted that the village has committed to a 20 per cent reduction in it energy consumption with regards to its municipal structures, adding that village residents and business are being asked to reduce theirs by six per cent.
“We hope that residents and businesses will work together to help us reach our reduction goals. Global warming is affecting the entire world. You can see that in the very unusual weather patterns we’re getting. People may think that we had a lot more snow and that is why we’ve been seeing so much flooding recently; but that’s not true at all. It is overall global warming that shows up in different ways, such as in the different weather patterns than we’ve traditionally been used to seeing,” she said.
In regards to a Community Reduction Plan, she noted that some suggestions for reducing energy consumption in homes include insulating basements walls by using such methods as spray foam or banking with tree brush or hay; using passive solar design to capture the warm rays of the sun; drawing curtains or draperies across windows each night to keep the heat inside; or by installing a heat pump which draws the heat from the ground and uses it to heat the home.
The creation and implementation of a Community Reduction Plan is contained in the third milestone of the Partners for Climate Change program.
“It may be easier for residents to make changes in their homes than it is for businesses but we’re hoping everyone will work toward reducing their energy consumption in whatever ways they can,” MacDermid said.