5 ways to make your home greener

We’re all trying to do our part to help the environment, and there are many ways we can do just that in our homes. There are several quite simple things we can do to make our homes greener.

Whether reducing the electricity bill or preserving the environment, there are good reasons to go green. Choosing certain appliances and using technology more effectively are some of the ways to get there.

1. Heating

Installing electric heating is still an environmentally friendly choice in Quebec, and adding electronic thermostats will help you conserve energy and save money. You’ll use less energy to heat (or cool) your home, and you won’t have to give it a second thought!

2. Drafts and ventilation

Pay close attention to air leaks, because they can easily jack up your heating or cooling bill. Even though changing your doors and windows can be expensive, good air sealing will maximize your energy use.

Second, a mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery (MVHR) is the best solution for guaranteeing air quality while also cutting heating costs. It’s a big investment that’s well worth it in the end.

For less expensive changes, using window coverings can make your home greener. Good-quality blinds or curtains help keep heat inside or keep heat from entering the home by blocking the sun.

3. Energy Star

Our many appliances use lots of electricity, especially if they’re old. Luckily, there are much more energy-efficient choices now. When shopping for new appliances, look for those with the Energy Star symbol; they provide the best energy efficiency available.

The same advice goes for electronic appliances, doors and windows, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.

4. Water use

Making a home more environmentally friendly also includes using water responsibly. In the kitchen and bathroom, install an aerator on the faucet to reduce water flow without losing pressure. It will even lower your electricity bill when used on a hot water faucet.

Hydro-Québec estimates that an Energy Star-certified high-efficiency washer can use up to 40% less water than traditional appliances. Installing a double-flush toilet (3L and 6L) and a rainwater collector to use on your garden or plants are other avenues to reduce water use.

5. Lighting

If you’re looking for an easy, inexpensive way to make your house greener, switch to LED lighting. These lightbulbs can be more expensive than regular bulbs, but they will certainly last longer.

Also, a motion detector or light switch activated by opening the door makes sure the lights turn off when you leave a room. These gadgets are particularly useful when kids forget to turn off the light behind them!

Read Hydro-Québec’s energy-saving tips

You can make your home greener one action at a time. You might start simply by shopping locally or by repurposing an old piece of furniture rather than buying a new one. And that’s easy on the wallet too!

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