With the growing concern on the environment and how we can make our carbon footprint less noticeable, it is often asked how we can make our home and its surroundings more environmentally friendly. Below is a list of 5 tips we can do that are affordable when we purchase, renovate or refinance a home.
1. Occupant Health – this promotes superior quality of indoor air, water, and lighting
- Choose natural biodegradable products for cleaning (ie. baking soda, vinegar, borax)
- Pick furniture that has low-emissions or build with natural material – wool rugs, hardwood frames for sofas and chairs made with untreated cotton.
2. Energy Efficient – 20% of all energy used in Canada is used in our homes. 67% of this is used for space heating and cooling, 18% for lighting and appliance, and 15% for heating water.
- Rigid board insulation placed under a concrete slab helps raise the temperature of the floor slab and prevents the loss of heat by 75%.
- Energy-efficient appliances can reduce energy consumption by 15% to 50% depending on the model.
3. Efficient use of Resources – recycle, conserve water and use energy efficient building materials to reduce costs:
- Put in energy efficient toilets – 6L or less, use 80% less water than a regular toilet
- Shower heads 9.6L/minute, reduce water use by 60%.
4. Environment Responsibility - use alternate water and wastewater systems, encourage site plans that reduces land requirements. This is being environmentally responsible.
- Recycle and compost to reduce the volume of household garbage sent to landfills.
5. Affordability – in order for this to be good for the owner, builder and future generations, it must be affordable to own, and the designs easily adaptable to its occupant’s changing needs.
Looking at options to make your home more environmentally friendly?
Blogged by Elise Hildebrandt, AMP, Mortgage Associate, Broker Lic# 316103 at The Mortgage Centre, Brokerage Lic #315847, Saskatoon. She has been in the financial industry for 16 years. Please contact her today if you have any questions about your mortgage at www.elisehildebrandt.ca. Do you know what your mortgage options are? She does.