Vancouver is an expensive place to live its no secret. I will give you a few of many ways you can save money on your home as well as being easier on the environment. So here are a few ideas for you.
Walkscore your home. If you are moving anytime soon this is a great way to rank a home based on location efficiency. Is it close to public transportation, shopping centres, grocery stores, etc. Check it out www.walkscore.com.
Insulate your pipes, And Insulate your hot water heater. It will prevent costly heat loss.
Dont use Airconditioning in the summer, Instead place a bowl of ice infront of a fan
Lowflow shower. Hot water is around 25% of your energy costs and showers can be the largest contributor to overall hot water use in a home accounting for 15% of total household energy use