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Is Your Home Going Green

Posted on May 19, 2010
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A recent survey was just released that showed Canadians would be happy to pay a little extra to live in a Green Home. A fairly large percentage, over 70% said that they would be willing to spend more. According to TD Trust, this is the third year in a row that the survey comes back with the same results. What would the result be in your neighborhood. Is there a push to be more frugal with city water supplies? Are you one of the west coasters that already have experienced brown outs – the city’s way of telling everyone ‘change is coming’.
Over 25% of respondents tot he survey say that they have already implemented green improvements and just as many say that they are likely to do so in the near future. The changes don’t have to massive. You don’t need to implement a triple usage water system like in the now famous Earthships. A simple upgrade to your windows or even just the weather stripping and caulking can help. There are newer light bulbs that can be easily installed as well as being more energy conscious when updating your appliances. Keep in mind that these changes can be done for purely selfish reasons. They will likely have a much greater impact on your personal energy bill than have any effect on overall global climate (but it certainly won’t hurt). By upgrading something like your refrigerator you will probably lower your energy cost by about $50.00 per year. Any of your appliances that use hot water and are older than fifteen years should be looked at. Some may still be in great shape while others may be due for an upgrade. One final note. Don’t forget to unplug those small appliances when they are not in use. Even when turned off the will suck a little power.

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