Areas where I can take action

Homes and buildings

Heating our homes and buildings is another major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the Yukon. There are steps you can take to reduce your emissions. 

Building siding being added to Watson Lake secondary

Add insulation to your home

Complete an energy assessment to find out where your home is losing heat. Add insultation to your walls, slab or attic. You can get money back for your renovation work in the following ways. 

Heat pump

Install a heat pump

Supplement or replace your fossil fuel heating system with an efficient cold-climate air source-heat pump. You can get money back for your renovation work in the following ways. 

Wood stove

Use wood to heat your home

Install a cordwood stove, a pellet stove or a wood boiler. Get money back through our Good Energy rebates.

A black box displaying power usage

Reduce your energy use during peak hours

You can help lower the Yukon’s energy demand during peak hours. Reduce your energy use during peak hours between 7 am and 11 am and 5 pm and 7 pm. By doing this you help us conserve the amount of liquefied natural gas and diesel we use. 

Check out Yukon Energy’s Peak Smart program

The Elijah Smith school receives new siding

Retrofit commercial or institutional buildings

Check out our Good Energy program for upgrading commercial and institutional buildings such as offices, restaurants and community centres. 

Yukoners making change

Four members of the JATS team, holding up a grant rebate sign.

The Thomson family own and operate Jat’s Backyard Landscaping Ltd. They own an old building in downtown Whitehorse that was extremely expensive to heat. Even after retrofitting the building and adding insulation, Alan Thomson found the heating system was not efficient. His long time heating contractor, ACS Mechanical’s Chris Schmidt, suggested installing a wood boiler and using wood waste, gathered from the Thomsons’ business, as fuel. 

The Thomson family now salvages wood waste from their pruning and FireSmart jobs. They process that wood in their on-site branch logger. 

The wood boiler system is cost-effective for the family business. If they did not burn the wood waste, they'd have to pay to dispose of it in the landfill. Thrilled with their biomass system, Alan and his family expanded its use to heat the flooring in their greenhouse.  Last winter, they turned off their backup oil heater for the entire winter.