Through the Mayor’s Sustainable Energy Council (MSEC) (http://www.msec.london.ca/) LHBA recently received a grant for $1,000 that was used to defray costs for a display at the London Home Show.

I had the opportunity to make a presentation with Mayor Joe Fontana. The text of my remarks is included below:

Londoners spend an estimated one billion dollars per year on their home and business energy needs. Much of that money leaves the City and the Region.

Under Mayor Joe Fontana’s vision the Mayor’s Sustainable Energy Council brings together the many minds which can help to make London a green energy or sustainable energy leader.

Our Council brings together academic, utility and business leaders to search out common ground and find ways to collaborate. These members bring London’s collective intelligence around the table whether that is Fanshawe and Western who are at the forefront of research and commercialization of technologies or Union Gas that offer their customers many ways to reduce energy usage or Harvest Power that is building a green energy capturing anaerobic digestion facility in the City.

In very general terms our goal is to find ways to keep at least $150 million of those expenditures in London- by attracting companies in green energy to make London their home and through smarter use of energy whether that be electricity for our homes or fuel for our cars.

There is no reason why London cannot be to sustainable energy what Waterloo is to high tech. Our mayor has this dream and is pointing us in that direction.

Londoners can be part of that vision by quite simply making some simple adjustments to how they live. This is good for the environment but also quite frankly good for the pocket book.

The MSEC Energy Saver Grant program looks to provide some grass roots level funding to worthy organizations that are trying to make a difference. The London Home Builders Association Green Home display offers Londoners a great way to learn about how to reduce energy usage at the home. Did you know if all Londoners reduced their energy usage by just $10 dollars/year we would collectively save about 4 million dollars…if we were each able to save just $100 per year that would save close to $40 million per year.

Making London a sustainable energy leader makes good economic sense. I congratulate LHBA on helping to get the message out.

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