How to be Energy Wise on Earth Day

Some Nunavummiut are not only struggling with the rising costs of fuel, but are also attempting to reduce the territory’s dependence on diesel by becoming more green and energy efficient.

The changing climate in the North is have great impacts.

“Today we don’t seem to be prepared for the changes that affect everyday life,” says John Nukik of Baker Lake. “People are dying of exposure and they are not prepared for the unpredictable weather.”

This is just one example of a Nunavummiuq observation highlighted on the Climate Change Secretariat’s (CCS) website.

Organizations like the CCS are working to coordinate and develop Nunavut’s energy strategy in order to address dependence on imported fuels, but how can the average person do their part?

On Earth Day — April 22 — Nunavummiut can better inform themselves by taking some simple steps to preserve what resources we already have and keep the heat in and the lights on while not spending more with initiatives like the new Energy Wise campaign.

Energy Wise is a collaboration among the CCS, the Nunavut Housing Corporation (NHC), and Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC). The goal is “to foster a more energy-aware community for a sustainable future. By empowering Nunavummiut with knowledge and resources, we strive to make our territory more energy-wise and environmentally responsible.”

Take part to save money and the planet

The Energy Wise campaign has a user-friendly Facebook page where there are illustrations and step-by-step guides on the following:

-choose energy-efficient electronic devices that are turned off when not in use

-unplug appliances not in use to avoid constant energy consumption

-use electrical timers for vehicle block heaters

-keep lights turned off when leaving a room or while sleeping

-use a microwave or toaster oven instead of the conventional oven

-put in weather-stripping barriers for doors and windows to prevent unnecessary heat loss

-install water-saving flush kits in toilets to conserve water usage

Preventing climate change may no longer be possible, but Nunavummiut can take steps to further mitigate the acceleration while also taking on cost-saving initiatives that reduce consumption of diesel and other fossil fuels.

Kira Wronska Dorward, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Nunavut News