With Earth Week this week, why not change some of your household habits for a greener lifestyle! Green living doesn’t mean you have to change your entire routine completely; by changing a few small things in your day to day activities, you can make a significant impact on the environment. We read up on some tips in Joanna Yarrow’s book, How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint, to get some guidelines on green living. Here are a few easy tips that anyone can follow to reduce your carbon footprint at home and also save money!
Heating and Cooling
If you notice yourself turning up your heater higher than normal during windy winter days, you might be sitting in a draught. Twenty percent of heat loss in an average home seeps out through unsealed gaps. You can check for unsealed gaps by holding a lit candle around your windows or doorframes. If the candle flickers, it’s an indication that there is a draught that should be sealed. Fixing draughts can also stop hot air from coming in during the summer when your air conditioning is on.
Wasting water can be costly. Try washing your clothes one wash per week, and wash them at lower temperatures. This way you will use less energy and your clothes can last longer too! If you live in a house, capture rainwater that falls on your roof by connecting a water butt to a downpipe. This water can be used to water your lawn or garden.
Make the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LED lights. Each CFL uses only about a quarter the electricity of an incandescent bulb and they last ten times longer. You can also maximize your use of natural light. Paint your walls in light colours to brighten a room and keep curtains and blinds open during the day to bring in ample sunlight.
Shut off appliances when they’re not in use. Certain appliances like the television or computer use as much energy when left on standby as when they’re left on. And if you are using more than one device, plug them into a power strip; this way you can turn them all off with one switch.
Minto homes and condos are designed to ensure lower costs, improved comfort and healthier living. Our homes are equipped with modern, energy-efficient appliances that conserve energy and water, which saves you money. Minto is committed to ensuring all new residential developments meet the standards of safe and green living.
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Interested in learning more about Minto’s commitment to Green? Check out our Sustainability page, or learn more about each project’s Green Features on our Green Living pages on each project’s website.
© Kenya Bruce