Time to switch that ’stat
With the late summer heat upon us, it’s a good time to think about replacing your old, mercury-containing thermostat. Not only are they not environmentally friendly, they are a worry to homeowners’ health.
Switch the Stat is an industry-led initiative that encourages Canadians to replace their old thermostats with energy-efficient, programmable units to help reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Older mechanical thermostats can have up to four mercury switches, each containing about 2.5 grams of mercury. It only takes one gram of mercury to contaminate an eight-hectare lake to the point where the fish in that lake are inedible for a year.
Since the Switch the Stat program launched in 2006 it has collected more than 45,000 mercury-containing thermostats.
Visit www.switchthestat.ca to find contractors registered in the program in this area.