Where We Live and Work

Icon of a City, represented by a two dimensional buildingNatural gas is driving greenhouse gas emissions from buildings which contribute 30% of emissions from fossil fuel sources in the County. With Ontario’s clean electricity grid, electrification will be key to reducing these emissions.

Residential buildings

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Residential buildings contribute 81,500 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) to Wellington County’s emissions from buildings. Of this, 77% is from natural gas. Electrification at home consists of Quick Wins (converting appliances to electric) and Whole Home Electrification (home systems electrification). 

Quick Wins

Person pressing a button on an induction cooktop with a pot on burnerQuick wins are easy, do-it-yourself actions that reduce the use of fossil fuels in your home. Not only will these actions reduce greenhouse gases, they will also improve indoor air quality through reducing fuel combustion in the home.

  • Replace natural gas hot water tank with electric heat pump hot water tank. Water heating is the second highest energy user in the home next to space heating. Heat pump water heaters are two to three times more energy efficient than conventional electric water heaters and more than three times as efficient as gas water heaters. A great advantage to electric heat pump hot water tanks is they don’t need to be vented outside, reducing noise from exhaust fans and increasing options for their placement in the home.
  • Replace natural gas stove with electric. Induction cooktops are the most efficient (84% efficiency) electric options on the market. Ref: Induction Cooking Technology Design and Assessment (aceee.org)

  • Replace natural gas dryer with electric. Heat pump clothes dryers are 30-50% more energy efficient than gas and conventional electric models.

  • Replace natural gas fire place with electric. Electric fireplaces are 100% efficient. That is, all heat that is produced is released to the room. Up to 10% of heat from natural gas fireplaces is lost through the chimney or flue.

Whole Home Electrification

Person caullking a window paneWhole home electrification considers the house as a system. Based on building science, a plan is developed to increase air tightness and insulation in order to reduce the heating load. This is followed up by right-fit low-emissions home heating upgrades. With increased air tightness, the plan also includes actions for improved ventilation and air exchange. Not only will the plan result in a more efficient home, it will also improve home comfort.

Whole home electrification is not something that can be undertaken as a do-it-yourself project.

Additional information can be found here:

Energy efficiency resources for your home retrofits (nrcan.gc.ca)

BetterHomesTO - Toronto's resource for residential energy efficiency.

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Government and utility programmes have been set up to support homeowners as they invest in improving their home’s efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Companies and institutions are recognizing the need to integrate climate action into all aspects of their business. This sector contributes 118,300 tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) to the County’s emissions from fossil fuels sources. Similar to homes, actions to reduce emissions need to focus on reducing the use of natural gas in equipment and heating.

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Government and utility programmes have been set up to support business owners as they invest in improving their buildings’ efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as training for energy auditors and managers.

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