Build an Eco-Friendly House

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The Right Way to Build an Eco-Friendly House

This is an interesting article written by the Globe and Mail writer Alex Bozikovic about building eco-friendly homes.

Simplicity seems to be the main suggestion to the building process and the title of the article “The Right way to build an eco-friendly house” seems to give it away.

In Canada the idea to build an eco-friendly house is slowly starting to catch on with the general public, especially as the cost of living and maintaining a home is rising; to be more specific water, gas and electricity.

First time home buyers or fist time eco-friendly home builders should do their research very carefully to learn as much as they can about this up and coming industry and way of living before making any final decisions on purchasing an already built eco-friendly home, or starting from scratch and building their own eco-friendly home.

For some real life example of these types of homes have  a read of the below article on our Facebook page, or visit the site directly.

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Test Your Home for Radan Gas

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Test Your Home for Radan Gas

It is very important to test your home for radan gas, or any other property for that matter. Interesting to see the Radan map that #CBC has prepared based on a 2012 Health Canada report “showing that 6.9 per cent of Canadians are living in homes with radon levels above the current Canadian guidelines of 200 becquerels per cubic metre (Bq/m3).” – Source of information article from CBC.

You should test your home because according to Health Canada’s 1 November 2012 news release  radon gas is “the second leading cause of lung cancer after tobacco smoking.”

 

test your home for radan gas

 

In its November 1, 2012 news release Health Canada went on to say that “Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas in the ground that can’t be seen, smelled or tasted. It can get into the home undetected through cracks in the foundation or gaps around pipes. The only way to measure the radon level in the home is to take a simple and inexpensive test, which can be purchased at most hardware stores. Health Canada recommends testing for a minimum of three months starting in the fall, when windows and doors typically remain closed.”

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10 Steps to a Cooler Planet

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Source: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Each Canadian generates, on average, five tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation offers 10 simple steps you can take to help keep our planet healthy and make your home more comfortable and healthier, while saving you money, and increasing your home’s resale value.

 

Step 1 — Switch to Public Transit

By simply switching from a mid-size car to public transit for your local travel, you can save up to 230 kg

of CO2 per year for every 1,000 km you don’t drive.

 

Step 2 — Think Smaller

Downsizing to a smaller car can eliminate 1,100 – 2,600 kg of CO2 each year — and save you dollars

at the gas pump!

 

Step 3 — Stay Grounded

For short out-of-town trips, taking the bus or train instead of traveling by plane could benefit both the

planet and your wallet.

 

Step 4 — Reduce Your Home Heating Bills

Improving the energy-efficiency of your home or even just lowering the thermostat by as little as 1°C

can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Step 5 — Reconsider Your Space Needs

Larger homes use a lot more energy so, the next time you move, ask yourself if a smaller home might

better fit your needs.

 

Step 6 — Buy green

When buying appliances, choose the most energy-efficient ones in order to save up to 400 kg of CO2

a year.

 

Step 7 — Stay out of hot water

Wrapping your hot water heater in a thermal blanket and installing low-flow shower heads and

water-efficient appliances can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Step 8 — Eat Your Vegetables

Adopting a diet that includes less meat can have a significant impact on your greenhouse gas

emissions.

 

Step 9 — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Cutting your garbage production by just one bag a week could save your family 300 kg of CO2 a year.

 

Step 10 — Remember: You Have the Power

Many utility companies are introducing Green Power options. By switching to green power, you can

reduce your home’s CO2 emissions.

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