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Most of our energy today comes from fossil fuels. Our community faces the direct effects of this, including air pollution and climate change, as well economic and social problems due to rising energy costs and dwindling oil reserves. A sustainable energy future will include full use of renewable, clean sources of energy, and eliminate needless waste. As a result, energy will be affordable for all people in our community, and secure energy sources will sustain a thriving economy.

We have 3 goals for sustainable energy:

  1. Our community has reduced the energy needed to build, maintain, and power our built environment
  2. Our energy needs are met through secure sources of renewable energy
  3. All people can afford energy for their homes, businesses, and transportation means

 

What is the Town of Bridgewater currently doing to promote sustainable energy?
 

Energize Bridgewater.  The Town has launched an ambitious initiative to engage a broad cross-section of local residents and businesses in education and action on the topic of creating a local clean energy economy.  The guided by the Community Energy Investment Plan, which was approved by Bridgewater Town Council on January 8, 2018, the Town is exercising nationally-recognized leadership in creating a clean, efficient, secure, and affordable energy future for the community.  See the plan here:

For more information please visit www.energizebridgewater.ca

 

Clean Energy Financing Program. The Clean Energy Financing program allows Bridgewater homeowners to install clean energy upgrades such as insulation, energy efficient windows and doors, as well as high efficiency heat pumps and solar panels, and have the up-front costs paid for by the Town. A Home Energy Assessment determines what upgrades a home is eligible for. The Town is offering up to $20,000 for qualifying homes, at a fixed low lending rate of 4% amortized over 10 years. Residents will benefit from the Clean Energy Financing program by eliminating the large upfront cost of upgrades, and the ability to spread installment payments over a decade.  The Town is also exploring program expansion opportunities to allow even deeper energy retrofits through the Clean Net Zero program, which is currently in the pilot phase.  More information on the Town's energy financing programs is available here.

 

Energy Efficiency Upgrades.  All Town facilities, including Town Hall, the Fire Hall, and the DesBrisay Museum have undergone energy upgrades to their lighting, heating, and ventillation systems over the past few years.  These technological changes are already demonstrating considerable savings on our annual energy bills, as well as greenhouse gas emission reductions.  Learn more about the Town's efforts:

  Solar Energy Installations.  Three municipal buildings have solar hot water systems installed on their roofs.  These upgrades are saving on our annual energy bills, and demonstrate the Town's leadership in renewable energy to the community.
 

News: The Town of Bridgewater was recognized by Efficiency Nova Scotia for excellence in energy management through a Bright Business Award (October 2 2014).  See the video.

 

How will the Town of Bridgewater measure success in the future?

Over the long term, our goal is that sustainable energy will result in the following measurable changes in the community:

energy reduction:

- less energy consumption
- more buildings with high environmental standards
- less waste going to landfill

renewable energy: - more renewable energy production
- reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- more renewable energy systems for homes & businesse
affordable energy - fewer people living in energy poverty
- reduced business spending on energy
- more transportation alternatives accessible to all people

We will achieve these successes by continuing to improve our own operations, by working with community partners and businesses to start new programs, by setting appropriate public policies that relate to energy, and by advocating for sustainable energy policies at the provincial and federal levels of government.