Where you choose to live greatly determines
your impact on this earth. Inefficient homes being built in subdivisions
across North America are paved over energy consuming boxes, that
have names like Riverbend and Killaly Meadows. They claim to be
neighbours with nature, but this impeding sprawl does nothing to
benefit it's surroundings.
By insisting to new home builders that we want
sustainable communities to be built, they will realize that the
demand has changed. They only build what will sell, and if we are
crazy enough to keep buying these inefficient homes, they'll keep
Here's the beginning of a list of things that
you can do to keep your existing home as efficient as possible,
saving energy and money. They range from quick and easy tips to
larger scale changes, both which will have a positive effect on
you and your environment.
Weather-stripping - An easy
way to prevent drafts in your home and drastically reduce heating
costs. Do-it-yourself instructions to apply weather-stripping in
Lightbulbs - Are you sick
of changing lightbulbs in your house once a month? Buy compact fluorescent
bulbs. The initial cost will be a bit more than the conventional
bulb, but these things will last years and years. They also use
less power and you'll see the difference on your electric bill.
Check out the stats.
Another way to reduce power consumption is
to turn off lights in rooms you are not using.
Having a light on all day, in an unoccupied room is wasteful. The
television is another power guzzler that is often left unattended.
Turn off the tube!
Install new windows - Our
landlord was nice enough to get new windows installed when we moved
in. We noticed the difference as soon as the first new window was
in the frame. New windows aren't cheap, but neither is gas to heat
your home, and when that heat is sucked out of old drafty windows,
Local window and contracting companies
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