Green your home: A guide for homeowners
Taking steps to green your home will reduce your impact on the environment. It can also help lower your consumption and energy bills and add value to your home. Whether you’re planning small fixes or major renovations to your home, consider making them energy-efficient.
On this page
- Using energy-efficient appliances
- Choosing green heating and cooling solutions
- Making green renovations
- Buying a green home
Using energy-efficient appliances
Reducing how much electricity your home appliances use is good for the planet and helps cut down on monthly bills.
- Unplug small appliances, like coffee makers and lamps, when they’re not in use.
- Unplug larger appliances, like TVs or dehumidifiers, when you leave your home for an extended period.
- Turn off indoor lights when not in use.
- Dry your clothing on a clothesline when possible.
- Use your washing machine’s cold water cycle.
Before buying new household appliances, do your research. Some appliances are more energy efficient than others. Look for the ENERGY STAR logo, it is the mark of high-efficiency products in Canada. ENERGY STAR certified products meet strict technical specifications for energy performance. Tested and certified, they save energy without compromising performance. Typically, an ENERGY STAR qualified product is in the top 15 to 30 percent of its class for energy performance. The EnerGuide label will show you how much energy a product uses and how it compares to similar models.
Choosing green heating and cooling solutions
No matter which energy source you use to heat or cool your home, you can choose eco-friendly solutions. They will cut down on your home heating costs over the long run.
- Save 2% on your energy bill for every 1 degree Celsius you lower your thermostat overnight.
- Use a programmable thermostat to allow you to regulate temperatures in your home year round.
- Look for EnerGuide labels on heating, cooling and ventilation equipment to check their level of energy efficiency.
- Install more efficient equipment, like ENERGY STAR® qualified products.
- Improve the performance of your existing equipment.
- Manage humidity levels in your home.
Additionally, you may consider renewable energy sources from sun or wind. These resources can be converted into electricity with a wind turbine or photovoltaics panels, or heat with solar collectors. Consult the Renewable energy page for more information.
Making green renovations
When planning major renovations in your home, find out if you can make big or small green changes to save energy.
Starting with an EnerGuide home evaluation can help you find out what it takes to make your home more energy-efficient. A certified energy advisor will check your home, from the attic down to the foundation, and provide a report with customized information about your home’s energy performance. This report will pinpoint energy-wasting issues in your home, like unwanted air leakage or heat loss areas, and recommend fixes or upgrades that would work best for your home. You’ll also receive a renovation action plan to help you choose which energy-efficient investments would be best for your home and offer the best value for your money.
For more information, check out the How can I make my home more energy-efficient? page and the EnerGuide energy home evaluations page.
Buying a green home
When looking to buy a new home, consider energy-efficient options.
By choosing an ENERGY STAR certified home, you get one that’s 20% more energy-efficient than a typical home. You also have the peace of mind that it’s backed by a trusted, internationally recognized brand.
R-2000-certified new homes are best-in-class, offering 50% more energy efficiency than typical homes. They typically feature:
- Efficient heating and cooling systems
- High insulation levels in walls, ceilings and basements
- High-efficiency windows and doors
- Whole-home mechanical ventilation
To learn more, visit the Buying an energy-efficient new home page.
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