EcoMarket returns to shops on rue du Vieux-Québec this weekend

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“They can do something today to reduce their impact on the environment and probably also save money”

Those looking for anything sustainable can find it at the Guelph eMERGE EcoMarket.

On Friday and Saturday, residents can come and learn about the latest trends, services and innovations at the eMERGE Ecomarket, located in the Shoppes on rue du Vieux-Québec.

The EcoMarket will include 13 exhibits and is free and open to the public. There will also be cars inside and outside the event, including two vintage cars that have been converted into electric vehicles. The vehicles are a 1974 Volkswagen with a 700 horsepower electric motor and a 1965 Ford Galaxie convertible.

The event is organized by eMERGE Guelph Sustainability. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the Environmental Sustainability Expo, which normally attracts 5,000 visitors.

Starting over after two years of the pandemic, eMERGE is nervous and excited to host the in-person event again.

“What we hope they take away from this experience is that they can do something today to reduce their impact on the environment and probably save money as well,” said Evan Ferrari, director Executive of eMERGE Guelph Sustainability.

New to EcoMarket this year are 12 e-bike and electric vehicle (EV) ambassadors. Ferrari said ambassadors will be available to answer questions and help people learn more about owning e-bikes and electric vehicles, as well as its environmental benefits.

“It gives people the opportunity to talk only to their peers who have been driving electric vehicles or e-bikes for over a year, and in some cases several years,” Ferrari said, “because people always have a lot questions and it offers a different approach to things than just having the salespeople there.”

Ferrari adds that the adoption of electric vehicles is “pretty remarkable” in other countries, and that the number of owners of electric bicycles and electric vehicles has increased in Canada

“It’s more than a fad, either way I think it’s an unstoppable trend that we hoped would have a profound impact on ending fossil fuel use in Guelph,” he said. he declares.

In addition to the Ambassadors, the EcoMarket will also have information on government grants available to residents to help renovate their homes.

Ferrari said another trend is people looking to improve energy use in their homes, including the use of an air-source heat pump, which can help heat homes without using fossil fuels. .

“Between public transit and heating and cooling our homes, that’s where the overwhelming majority of our emissions come from these things,” Ferrari said.

He adds that eMERGE also offers a “free at-home tune-up” and will be promoting the program at the event.

“This free home tune-up helps people reduce their energy and water use in their homes, and we’ll be here to help people sign up,” Ferrari said, “we’re doing this in partnership with the city’s water department.

The eMERGE EcoMarket is open on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit ecomarketguelph.com.

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