By reducing our energy use and transitioning to more renewable sources of energy, we are reducing our impact on climate change. But what can we do to prepare for the changes that are already happening?
Here are some things you can do at home to adapt to a changing climate:
Insulation keeps out cold and regulates summer heat. Still expect frigid winter temperatures, but also prepare for hotter days and nights in summer. Erect awnings and window shades, and be able to access water and air conditioned spaces during extreme heat.
Heavier rainfall events may lead to more over-land and river flooding. Check that sump pumps and sewage backwater valves are in good working condition and that your lot is graded to drain water away from your home. EPCOR has a number of flood prevention homeowner programs.
Changing weather extremes
For predicted increases in freezing rain, have a supply of sand for traction and use ice cleats or grippers on boots; for high winds, make sure weaker trees in your yard are pruned, and secure outdoor furniture.
Extended frost-free periods means a longer growing season, but hotter and dryer can also increase drought conditions. Have rainbarrels ready for when the rain falls. Drought-tolerant species require less watering and hardy plants can be resistant to wind.
Learn more about Climate Resilient Edmonton: Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan.