Sustainable Renovations

sustainable renoavtions

Sustainable Renovations

It’s hard not to want to do more for the environment these days and many small changes can make a big difference. Here are some ways to reduce your carbon footprint and even save money when you build or renovate!  

 

STEP 1: Assess before you demo for $!  

 

Before you start any renovation, consider doing an energy audit with a Registered Energy Advisor. They’ll meet you at your home and do a 2-3 hour preassessment of your home’s energy consumption and provide you with a report to apply for any energy rebates you qualify for.   

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Once your renovation is complete, the Registered Energy Advisor will come back and assess the efficiency upgrades so you’ll know exactly how big of a difference you’ve made in your home’s energy consumption and your monthly budgetUpon successful completion of the program, you could also be reimbursed the $550.00 for the assessment. Win, win! 

https://enbridgesmartsavings.com/home-efficiency-rebate/incentives 

 

STEP 2: Source your upgrades 

 

Iyour heating and cooling systems isn’t working at it’s best, replace them with high efficient systemsYou could be eligible or up to a $750.00 rebate.  

 

When replacing your appliances look for Energy Star Rated appliances. An Energy Star refrigerator can use up to 10% less energy, than a standard model. Saving energy, and money!  

energy star 

You can search the Government of Canada’s website for all energy efficient products available. Another really neat tool on the GOC website is the comparison tool, where you can find out what the lifetime energy cost for a selected appliance model will be. 

http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/pml-lmp/index.cfm?action=app.welcome-bienvenue 

 

Here are some other great ways to save on your Energy consumption when you are planning your renovation: 

 

Install low flow toilet – they can save over 1 litre of water per flush. 

Energy Star Windows will pay for themselves with your savings on heating bills + the potential rebates (If you qualify!) 

Install a Smart Thermostat  

STEP 3: If you build it…. 

 

We know you aren’t going to go out and start using straw bales instead of concrete, but there are some environmentally friendly options that are worth investigating!  

 You can use building materials that are made with recycled materials, paint with low-VOC or VOC-free paintand recycle and reuse as much of your construction debris as possible, keeping as much out of landfills as you can. 

You can “green” up the outside with options like Grasscrete.  It’s a method of laying concrete for walkways, and driveway with an open pattern where grass or other plants can grow. The upside: you use less concrete and increase storm water absorption back into the soiland it looks pretty great too!   

grasscrete

If its in your budget, consider options that offset the use of fossil fuel-based energy. Solar panels are expensive to install, but they will eventually pay for themselves 

solar panels

Check out: https://www.wholesalesolar.com/blog/best-solarpanels/ 

A great building resource for all kinds of info is: https://eco-building.ca/ 

Step 4: Sort it out!   

 

Offset the cost of your renovation by selling anything you no longer have a need for including those used appliances! There are several consignment shops that are amazing in the city. Can’t be bothered to lug your stuff around? Do it all on-linehead over to Facebook Market Place, LetgoOfferup, just to name a few!    

Offerupletgofacebook marketplace

If you would rather just see your things go to a good home consider donating to the following amazing charities.   You may even get a tax receipt for larger donations.   

Toronto Restore will take used home furniture and decor, appliances, kitchen and bath fixtures and other renovation item.

toronto restore

Habitatforhumanity.ca 

Diabetes Canada will take pretty much everything else…electronics and sporting goods, household items like small appliances, cookware, textiles like clothing and curtains. 

 

diabetes.ca 

Step 5: What’s old is new again!!  

How many times have you given away a pair of shoes, just to have them come back into style 10 years later Vintage is in. Consider buying used or renewable furniture and building materials   Some are out of town but worth the drive.

 

. PB salvage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BD Salvage

timeless materials

the door store

Legacy Vintage

Step 5: What’s old is new again!!  

How many times have you given away a pair of shoes, just to have them come back into style 10 years later Vintage is in. Consider buying used or renewable furniture and building materials   Some are out of town but worth the drive.

 

. PB salvage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BD Salvage

timeless materials

the door store

Legacy Vintage

 Choosing style over being Green is a thing of the past, with all of the choices out there now your home can be incredible AND hava low carbon footprint! 

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