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Our celebration of green initiatives and cost saving measures continue in Day 3.  Let's take a look of 10 great tips to green your home in Greater Vancouver.


  1. Holiday lights - Use LED lights which offer substantial energy savings potential.
  2. Replace your fridge - An old energy guzzling fridge costs you about $85 a year to operate. Replace it with an ENERGY STAR fridge. BC Hydro will rebate you $50.  BC Hydro will also not only come and pick up your old fridge free-of charge, they’ll give you $30.
  3. Replace your dishwasher - Buy an ENERGY STAR appliance. BC Hydro will rebate you $25.
  4. Replace your freezer - Buy an ENERGY STAR appliance and BC Hydro will rebate you $25.
  5. Low flow shower - Hot water accounts for 25% of your energy costs. Showers can be the largest single contributor to overall hot water use in a home, accounting for 15% of total household energy use. Save with a low-flow showerhead.
  6. High efficiency or dual flush (you choose the amount of water used) toilets - These are now required in new homes because of water savings.
  7. Use smart strips - Also known as power bars, this lets you power off all equipment at the same time.
  8. Buy energy smart electronics - Buy energy smart electronics and save.
  9. Recycle your old electronics – Visit to learn how.
  10. Conserve water - Fresh water comprises just 3% the world’s total water supply, so conserve. Get a rain barrel and harvest water you can use in your garden. Local governments such as Vancouver and Richmond will subsidize the cost.

Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (May 2013)

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