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Day 2 - 5 Days to green your home and save $$$

As promised, I am here to share a total of 50 ways to green your home in Greater Vancouver so you can enjoy some savings.  

Are you ready to learn 10 more tips in Day 2? Here we go:

  1. Clean your furnace filter - This optimizes performance.
  2. Get the most from your fireplace - Visit www.bchydro.com for fireplace efficiency info and power smart ideas.
  3. Use curtains - In the daytime during summer, close to help cool your home.
  4. Install ceiling fans - The energy it takes to run a fan is less than an air conditioner. In summer, make sure the fan’s blades are rotating anti-clockwise for a cooling effect. In winter, the fan should be running clockwise, pushing the warm air down.
  5. Use an electric fan - Skip the air conditioning. On hot summer days, place a bowl of ice in front of a fan to cool down.
  6. Fix leaks. Fix leaking taps - One drop per second equals 7,000 litres of water wasted per year.
  7. Install a filter - Stop buying costly bottled water which adds to the landfill.
  8. Change your light bulbs - Lighting accounts for 15% of your energy bill. Replace old bulbs with ENERGY STAR rated bulbs.
  9. Motion detector lights - Turn lights off outside when not in use.
  10. Keep it dark - Light pollution is an increasing problem. Turn off outdoor lights to save energy and encourage night life such as bats and frogs. A single bat can eat tens of thousands of mosquitoes nightly. If you have safety concerns, use motion detector lights – which come on, only as needed.

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

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