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Apr 15, 2024

Airdrie family wins Live Net Zero contest

After months of intense competition between eight families across the country, Live Net Zero has declared the Shannon family from Airdrie, AB, as the grand prize winners of its second-year contest for greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts. The family, consisting of Samantha and Kevin Shannon and their three young children, received a $50,000 cash prize and accepted an award from the Honourary President of Canadian Geographic, Lois Mitchell at a ceremony outside their home in Airdrie.


The Shannon's made several major changes to their home during the eight-month competition including:

  • Installing a geothermal heating system to their home

  • Installing solar panels on their roof

  • Replacing their garage/workshop's natural gas furnace with a heat pump which will allow them to disconnect from the natural gas grid


Other major lifestyle changes included working remotely when possible to reduce their daily commute and purchasing an e-bike and trailer that Samantha uses for most errands and to transport the kids.


The Live Net Zero competition was spearheaded by Canadian Geographic and is supported by Scotiabank, Lightspark, and STRUT.

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