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Reducing our Footprint

Reducing our Gas Footprint one phone call at a time.

My husband and I are making the leap into renewable natural gas.With a simple phone call we have reduced our carbon footprint a little bit more. Fortis BC will add 10% of our gas usage of Renewable Natural Gas into their gas stream.

Here’s some more info that I just grabbed off of Fortis Bc’s website…


For about $5 more per month for an average home you can designate 10 per cent of the natural gas you use as renewable natural gas. We’ll then inject the equivalent amount of renewable natural gas into our system. It helps reduce your carbon footprint and supports sustainable energy made here in BC.

Made from an abundant renewable resource—organic waste—renewable natural gas can help reduce your carbon footprint:

  • displaces the use of conventional natural gas with a renewable source of energy
  • considered carbon neutral because it is produced from organic waste
  • captures methane that would otherwise escape into atmosphere, reducing equivalent carbon dioxide emissions by up to 21 times1
  • reduces the greenhouse gas emissions of a typical British Columbia home by about half a tonne per year 2, the equivalent of diverting 180 kg (400 lbs) of waste from our landfills through recycling 3
  • contributes to developing renewable and sustainable energy in BC
  • helps BC meet its greenhouse gas emission targets

Offsetters, Canada’s leading carbon management solutions provider, independently reviewed FortisBC’s renewable natural gas offering. Offsetters assessed the expected lifecycle emissions savings of renewable natural gas and confirmed that renewable natural gas meets the requirements to be granted Offsetters’ Carbon Neutral Product status in BC. For more information, read Offsetters’ certification assessment of renewable natural gas. –  all bold/italic print copied from the Fortis BC website

I encourage anyone that lives in BC to do the same. This is my way to say “I don’t want that incinerator you want to build in our back yard. I don’t want my garbage burned to create energy. I want my children to have a healthy environment.”. This deicision to pay more for Renewable Natural Gas comes with the knowledge that we have reduced our gas and electric usage already so it shouldn’t affect us that much finacially.

One of the statements Forits makes is about the environmental savings per year being equal to diverting 400 pounds of recyclable things from the landfill every year by recycling. 400 pounds of recycled materials is a lot. I would have to rescue hundreds of Starbucks cups from their garbage cans to equal that. Yes, I have taken to removing cups from the top of Starbucks garbage cans and putting it in their recycling (4 feet away). I wash my hands after. I will continue to rescue recylables anyways. It seems wrong just to see them and do nothing.

On the water reduction front… I filled a small pop bottle with some sand (we had some in the garage) and put it in one of our toilets. It will further reduce our water use until we get dual flush toilets.

Any suggestions on what to do next?


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

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John F. Smith, Jr. – GM CEO and President


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


6 thoughts on “Reducing our Gas Footprint one phone call at a time.

  1. Love you and your blogg :–)) Keep doing what you doing. One of the many searching to ‘make our dream’ of c’reating zero waste’ actually happen. Together we can see what we can see. Make us dance towards the environment Stepanie. We can do it and we mean it!

    Zerowaste Products Inc. / http://www.zerowasteproducts.com

    Posted by akismet-861fa09e96c88d4e40891010198850a7 | April 12, 2012, 12:44 am


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