The Richmond Family

Red Deer, Alberta

This outdoorsy family built the first passive house in Alberta and are applying their knowledge to a new home.

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Meet the Richmonds

Ania and Kit are committed to living a sustainable life for themselves, the environment, and their two children.

The Richmond family enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking, and they are dedicated to doing their part to protect the environment in which they partake in all these things.

Fast Facts

1. Taking action through passive building

In Calgary in 2016, Kit and Ania realized a dream and built Alberta’s first certified passive house, which means their home was designed to consume up to 90% less energy for heating and cooling than a traditional house. Now living in Red Deer, they are taking their learnings and applying them to their new home and modifying their lifestyle to reduce their carbon footprint.

2. Improving energy efficiency

So far the Richmonds have been replacing all the appliances with high efficiency appliances, including an induction stove that Anna says is amazing to cook on, and switching out the original light fixtures with LEDs.

3. On the road to a greener drive

The Richmonds have owned a hybrid for a few years and would like to replace their second, gasoline-powered vehicle with an EV, so winning this competition would tick a major box on their eco-friendly wish list.

4. Leading by example

With Ania and Kit being passionate sustainability stewards and positive role models, their two boys have grown up understanding the effects of climate change and seeing how their family’s lifestyle choices can have a positive impact on the world they live in.

5. Continuing carbon cuts

Building off their passive home experience, Kit and Ania’s plans to reduce their home’s carbon footprint include:

  • Electrification of their hot water system, replacing two natural gas hot water heaters required to provide residential hot water and run the in-floor heating system
  • Replacing the natural gas furnace with an electric heat pump
  • Installing solar panels on a large roof area with plenty of solar potential, which will power the hot water tanks and heat pump

Follow the Richmonds

See how the Richmonds tackle each of the Challenges and share learnings and tips in their quest to live a net zero life.

Challenge 2: Oct 3-16

Home Electricity

Pull the plug on inefficiency to take charge of your power consumption, and find ways to green your grid.

Challenge 3: Oct 17-30

Home Envelope

To seal this deal you’ll need to ditch drafts and fill the gaps in your home’s cold weather defences.

Challenge 4: Oct 31-Nov 13

Heating & Cooling

Keep your cool while ensuring your home is warm and water’s hot with the fewest carbon emissions possible.

Challenge 5: Nov 14-27

Holidays

Give Mother Earth the gift that keeps on giving and decarbonize your holiday celebrations and winter vacations.

Tune into the Challenges

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Meet the other families

Check out the other Live Net Zero families to learn about their unique perspectives on reducing household carbon footprints and see how they are approaching the challenges.