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Getting You More Green

Geoff McLean

If you ask anyone connected to the Victoria, BC real estate market, or any of the thousands of people who have listed their Victoria properties for sa...

If you ask anyone connected to the Victoria, BC real estate market, or any of the thousands of people who have listed their Victoria properties for sa...

Mar 6 3 minutes read

10 Tips to making your home "Eco Friendly"


1. Change light bulbs:  

Eco-friendly light bulbs are not new but they are finally good.  CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) or LED (Light Emitting Diodes) can save up to 80% of the energy used by old fashioned incandescent light bulbs and they are now available in natural looking colors.

2. Set the thermostat to 20:  

Studies show you use 3-5% more energy for each degree the thermostat is set above 20 degrees Celsius. Instead of increasing the heat, put on a sweater to stay warm. 

3. Install a smart thermostat:  

No need to remember to turn down the heat or AC when you leave the house. A programmable thermostat will save up to 10% a year on heating and cooling costs. 

4. Insulate: 

Attic insulation can become compacted over time. Adding more insulation to your attic can substantially reduce your energy costs in both the winter and summer.

5. Reseal around doors and windows:

With use, windows and doors can develop small holes or cracks. A small investment and a little effort can easily make your home air tight!

6. Maintain:

Is your furnace struggling to keep up? Want more years out of your hot water tank? Just like a car engine, your home mechanical system can perform better and longer with cleaning and maintenance.

7. Close curtains:

Keep the heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. Closing the window coverings will keep your house at a more desired temperature. Or go one step further and invest in thermal blackout curtains.  

8. Low flow:

Don't flush your money down the drain, literally! Low flow toilets and shower heads can substantially reduce the amount of water you use on a daily basis. 

9. Is it full?

Dishwashers and washing machines use the same amount of energy and water whether they are full or not. Wait until you have a full load before turning it on. 

10. Recycle:

Do you reuse paper and plastic? Often, paper can be printed on both sides and plastic bags have all kinds of other uses besides bringing your groceries home. Better yet, bring your own reusable totes to the grocery store. 

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