Homeowners: Get a Greener Home

So often, the focus seems to be exclusively on Homebuyers but Homeowners have their own challenges too and deserve some attention. This post is dedicated to the Home Owner.

We want to focus on helping you GREEN your home.  There are many good and practical reasons why you should focus on this. Here are just a few:

  1. It’s good for the Planet and the environment you and your family share.
  2. It’s good for your Wallet.
  3. It’s good for the sustainability of life.
  4. It’s good for the resale of your property

Greening your home’ can take many forms and for some, can be a daunting task. It can also be expensive and although there are government programs that provide rebates and other benefits, costs prevent many people from embarking on a greening project. We’ll share some expert resources that we have uncovered that may be able to help you get started.

Getting Started – Cheap ways to a Green(er) Home

Look around your house. We know, it’s winter and you may not want to get outside the house right now but just look around the inside of your house.  What do you see?

  • How about those Windows? Light a candle and trace it around the sill. Is there wind coming in? If wind is coming in then air is going out.
  • What about the doors? Do the same thing. If air is coming in then it’s also going out.
  • Does your house have an Attic?  Make sure it’s properly insulated.  If your house is fairly old you might want to have it re-examined to ensure that insulation meets today’s standards.
  • How about the stuff IN your house? We often overlook the Appliances and equipment that we have connected. Many of these do not actually turn off anymore they just go on standby and continue using electricity. Could you turn some off when not in use?
  • Do you have a Fireplace? It might be cheaper to keep it lit especially at night when the temps fall.
  • What about the lights in your house? Are there places where you could lower the wattage or change the bulbs to incandescent or the new LEDs?
  • Turn down your Thermostat.

So, all of the above can help reduce cost and make your home more energy efficient and it won’t cost you much money at all.

Make it Green(er) with a little more $$

Keep in mind that the Canadian Government offers programs to help offset the costs of retrofitting your home to make it more energy efficient.  Check it out here.

  • Change your appliances to Energy Star certified appliances. A general rule is the older the appliances the less energy-efficient they are.
  • Completely changing your windows. Today’s windows are quite advanced with multiple layers and heat resistant technology.
  • Upgrade your Furnace and Air Conditioning systems to more efficient models.
  • Hire a Home Energy Auditor – Yes, this is a real job. It’ll cost you a few bucks but you stand to save a bundle by implementing their recommendations. OR
  • Contact Natural Resources Canada Here to see if you qualify for the EnerGuide Rating program.

Your house should be a place of relaxation and joy. It shouldn’t be a money-pit. Almost all of these changes may cost a few dollars but they will save you big bucks over the life of your ownership.

Anne McMillan is with CENTURY 21 Aberwin Realty Inc. in Hamilton, ON

1 Comment

  1. Manhattan Beach Home Inspector Service 11/20/2011 at 2:48 AM

    We have to face many problems while purchasing new home so i want to hire home inspector. Home inspector provides complete information about the condition of home.

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