Project Warmth hopes to help tackle energy poverty in ourarea by giving out a few simple items that can help keep homes warmer and reduce utility bills. The Energy Greenbox Kit contains some useful items. Included are two CFL light bulbs, which use about a quarter of the power of a regular light bulb, a plastic window kit, large enough to draft-proof about five windows, foam weather-stripping for doors, foam backs to go between a light switch cover or plug-in cover, to reduce the draft, and a variety of simple energy saving tips.
Friends of the Earth, in Ottawa, have helped put these kits together, which also include a fact-sheet about energy poverty. Energy poverty became a crisis in 2008, as we went into a depression caused by the jump in oil prices. Things have not really improved much since then, despite government reassurances that we are out of the depression. With HST on home heating, rising electricity prices, and oil prices edging towards the $100 mark again, even more people will soon be vulnerable.
If you miss the Energy Greenbox offer at Justin’s No Frills, there may still be some available by contacting the Social Development Council office at 613.930.0211.