50 Ways to green your home


Location

1. Green neighbourhoods

Buy a home in a neighbourhood close to work, transit, shopping, community centres and other services.

2. Transit-oriented density

New, compact, complete green neighbourhoods are being built with transit as their focus. Instead of owning a car, join a car share cooperative, take transit, cycle or walk.

3. Score your location

Walkable neighbourhoods offer health, environmental, financial and community benefits. Enter your address or the address of a home you want to buy at www.walkscore.com. This tool calculates a walkability score based on the home’s proximity to transit, grocery stores, schools and other amenities.

4. Lower-cost luxury

If it’s features such as a gym or pool you want, buy a strata unit with these amenities and share costs.
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BC Hydro and FortisBC offer a variety of incentive and rebate programs for home upgrades and rebates.

6. Install a high-efficiency heating system

Make sure it’s ENERGY STAR rated.

7. Weatherize your home

From windows to doors to insulation and weather stripping. Don’t forget to seal your ducts.

8. Insulate your pipes

It will prevent costly heat loss. Here’s how.

9. Insulate your hot water heater

Buy a pre-cut jacket or blanket for $10–$20. You’ll save up to 10% on heating costs. Learn more.

10. Install a programmable thermostat

Set it lower at night and during the day when you’re away. Lower the temperature. Each degree below 20C saves you 3-5% on heating costs.

11. Replace your furnace filter

This optimizes performance, as clogged filters reduce airflow, forcing your furnace to work harder.

12. Get the most from your fireplace

Here's how to make it efficient.




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