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.
- Holiday lights - Use LED lights which offer substantial energy savings potential.
- 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.
- Replace your dishwasher - Buy an ENERGY STAR appliance. BC Hydro will rebate you $25.
- Replace your freezer - Buy an ENERGY STAR appliance and BC Hydro will rebate you $25.
- 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.
- High efficiency or dual flush (you choose the amount of water used) toilets - These are now required in new homes because of water savings.
- Use smart strips - Also known as power bars, this lets you power off all equipment at the same time.
- Buy energy smart electronics - Buy energy smart electronics and save.
- Recycle your old electronics – Visit www.return-it.ca/electronics/ to learn how.
- 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)