Greenhouse Gas Reduction Tips
We can all do our part to reduce St. Albert’s impact on climate change. The City has committed to reducing GHG emissions through the targets in the Environmental Master Plan and the implementation of a Local Action Plan.
You can act in your daily life with these 10 tips to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions:
- Invest in renewable energy with a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. Energy Efficiency Alberta makes it easy to install solar PV systems by providing financial incentives. Alternatively, consider purchasing green power. There are many energy marketers in Alberta offering green options, and Green Alberta Energy can help you decide.
- Upgrade your home building envelope by updating roof insulation, windows and seals around vents, doors, etc.
- Shorten your commute by working and playing close to where you live. Easier said than done, so when you can: take public transit, ride a bike, carpool, switch to a hybrid vehicle and fly less (or if you fly offset your emissions).
- Initiate small energy use habits around the home:
- Change to energy-efficient light bulbs;
- Unplug computers, TVs, and other electronics;
- Wash clothes in cold water; and
- Install a programable thermostat - set the thermostat to 17-21 degrees Celsius.
- Get a home audit to realize energy savings with Energy Efficiency Alberta Home Energy Evaluation program and receive a $300 rebate or borrow the City's Home Energy Assessment Toolkit from the Library.
- Reduce waste and consume less by following the CIty of St. Albert's waste reduction tips.
- Be Idle-Free. St. Albert's Idle-Free Bylaw limits the idling of parked vehicles to 3 minutes at any time, so after 3, be idle-free! Care about air and be aware of your idling.
- Reduce water consumption by using efficient appliances and fixtures. The City's Water Conservation Bylaw requires low-flow fixtures in any new developments in addition to outdoor daytime sprinkler use guidelines.
- Calculate your carbon footprint so you know where you can make the most difference.
- Be an environment steward - learn about the many programs residents can participate in to support the environment.
- Help care for the river valley and plant a tree at Clean and Green RiverFest;
- Organize a neighbourhood clean up - the City will supply the bags and gloves and pick up the waste after;
- Sign up to be a Partner In Park by adopting a public space - picking up litter, weeding, watering, planting, and mowing the lawn;
- Coordinate an environment project with your community group, neighbours or school and apply for funding through the Environmental Initiatives Grant Program;
- Participate in Bike Month, Earth Hour and Clean Air Day.
Last edited: April 19, 2021