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Green your home: A guide for homeowners

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

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.

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Using energy-efficient appliances

Reducing how much electricity your home appliances use is good for the planet and helps cut down on monthly bills.

For example:

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.

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:

To learn more, visit the Buying an energy-efficient new home page.

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