Bullfrog Founders Club
David Peacock is a retired industrial engineer living in Toronto with his wife, Mary Anne. The Peacocks’ household, as well as their cottage in northern Ontario, has been bullfrogpowered since 2007. Bullfrog recently spoke with David about his commitment to the environment and why he decided to sign on for green electricity.
BP: How did you first hear about Bullfrog?
DP: I learned about Bullfrog Power from Tyler Hamilton’s energy column in theToronto Star. We did a little more research about Bullfrog and its renewable energy sources. After that, we decided to sign on.
The decision just made sense. I am concerned about climate change issues, and more specifically, our use of fossil fuels. To become more sustainable as a society, we need to adopt and support more renewable sources of energy. I signed on with Bullfrog to support local green electricity, but also to help advance the development of renewables in Canada.
BP: Have you always been interested in environmental issues?
DP: For as long as I can remember, I have been concerned about the planet. For example, when I was growing up, my family never had air conditioning at home. We survived without it and we were happy that we did.
I enjoy the outdoors and we decided to bullfrogpower our summer cottage as well as our home in the city. The cottage used to have an old oil furnace, and to reduce its environmental impact we replaced it with an air-source heat pump.
BP: How much time do you spend outdoors?
DP: My wife and I travel up to the cottage for about two-thirds of each summer. The cottage is at the end of a long bay on Lake Roseau, and I am an avid kayaker. My dream is to paddle across the river one morning and pick up the newspaper on the other side. It’s a two-hour kayak trip, and I’m still building up my strength to prepare. But I’m almost there.
BP: How much progress has Canada made toward becoming more sustainable?
DP: Some provinces like Ontario and B.C. are making progress with their energy policies, but I think there is a lot more we can do. One area where we can make more of an impact is in energy regulations for buildings. Implementing mandates for building insulation and energy conservation measures can go a long way toward reducing our environmental impact.
BP: If you had one message for all Canadians about the environment, what would that message be?
DP: Our society relies heavily on fossil fuels, and we need to realize the ramifications of depleting a hundred-million-year-old resource in just a couple hundred years. As fossil fuels become scarcer, society will fundamentally change.
It can be a little intimidating when we are faced with a challenge like climate change, but we cannot give up. We need to make a difference. We need to prepare as best as we can—for ourselves, the planet and future generations.