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Going on an energy diet

In 2012 Canada was the number four energy consumer per capita in the world! 16020 kWh are used by every Canadian yearly. This ends up to be 550 billion kWh per year!

It would be great if we would all be able to switch to alternative energy tomorrow. This might be a big challenge for most of us. But no panic: luckily there are a bunch of things that we can all do, without making big changes and investments, that can reduce our energy consumption.

One of the easiest things to do is to make your house more energy efficient. The CRD and BC Hydro can help you with that.

- You can borrow the Climate Change To Go kit from your library and test where you can save on energy

- There are a lot of simple low-cost ways you can conserve electricity and keep your bills lows. Find ideas here

-  Energy Conservation Assistance Program: For eligible low-income households with high electricity consumption, the assistance program offers a free home energy evaluation and upgrades to help save electricity and money. In addition to cutting electricity use and costs, energy-efficiency improvements may also increase the value and comfort of a home. 


- Free energy saving kit for low-income households offers a variety of simple ways to help save energy and make homes more comfortable. By reducing how much energy you use every day, you can reduce how much you have to pay for heat and electricity.

- Via  the LiveSmart BC program you can save on home upgrades


Sometimes loving the earth and your wallet is that easy!
 
Secret Garden Tour

Sooke Secret Garden Tour 

 2013 will see the fifth annual Sooke Secret Gardens Tour as a fundraiser for the Sooke Philharmonic Society. The Tour has always delighted gardening fans as it has evolved over the years.The 2013 Tour will take place Sunday, June 2nd.  It will go on, rain or shine - What is a little rain to true gardening enthusiasts!

Tickets are $20 and are now available from several locations.  Check the “Tickets” window" to find a location near you! 

For more information, contact info@sookesecretgardens.com 

Climate Literacy: Free Course
Become Climate Literate
for Free
with
UBC and Coursera

 
There are so many "truths" floating around about climate change. Scientific research seems to proof the doom scenario and the "nothing's happening" strategy, if you can belief all the different opinions.  But what are now actually the facts?

UBC offers a free online course that will give you some good background so you can decide for yourself. You can sign up here for the 10 week long course "Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Change Conversations".
Sooke Farm Tour 2013

 

 

August 18th: Farm Tour 2013

The third annual self-guided tour of the Sooke region's bountiful farm belt is set for Sunday, August 18 from 11 to 5. Organizer Keeley Nixon and her team will be spotlighting Juan de Fuca food producers who make their primary living from the land:  Ragley, ALM, Silver Cloud, Barefoot, Eagles Paw farms (among others) as the route stretches from Metchosin to Otter Point. Visitors will have the opportunity to shake hands with the growers, learn about sustainable food production systems, greet farmyard animals, and purchase freshly harvested fruit and veggies. The event is a fundraiser for the Sooke Region Food CHI Society, which is also planning an encore of last year’s popular harvest feast at Sunriver Garden.
 
Farmers Markets


Eat Local


Sooke Country Market @ Otter Point Rd. & Eustace): Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Shirley Farmers Market @ Shirley Community Hall: Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Otter Point Country Market @ Kemp Lake Store: Sat. May 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Next World TV

 


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Have Your Say
May-June Calendar

Sooke Council Meetings
Mondays, May 27 and June 10 @ 7 p.m.
 
Off-Leash Dog Park Open House
Municipal Hall, Wed. May 29, 7 p.m.

 Mayor’s Advisory Panels
Prestige Hotel, 7 p.m.

May 23: Arts & Beautification
June 12: Community Health & Social Issues
June 24: Economic Development
 
Senior Cohousing Harbourside
Harbourside Cohousing

6669 Horne Road

June 13th, 7 - 9 p.m.
Public Information Meeting for the rezoning application

June 16th, 7:15 - 9 p.m.
Information meeting for potential new members

All welcome.
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