What Is a “Green” Home?
As climate change continues to be a forefront issue, you’re probably concerned about the impact you’re having on the state of our planet. During this process, you might be considering more sustainable options for your day-to-day life, which may include green renovations for your home. Green renovations or green homes are energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, above all else. Greening your home means finding more environmental solutions when it comes to electrical, heating, insulation, lighting, plumbing, and various materials.
Provinces across Canada have already taken the initiative to offer environmental and tax incentives to homeowners who choose more sustainable options. There are also institutional rebate programs which help you apply for and receive tax credits. With financial incentives to entice you to consider greenness, it is clear that this trend is here to stay. At Master Edge Homes, we are happy to help you navigate the world of green renovations.
The easiest ways to turn your home green
Like most projects, when it comes to home renovations, some green solutions are simpler than others. Master Edge Homes strives to offer you as many options as possible so you can make an educated decision for yourself. Some of the easiest ways we can help you green your home are:
- Insulating the exterior structure to stop thermal bridging
- Updating the insulation in your attic and walls
- Improving the quality of your windows, appliances, exterior doors, and toilets
- Extending roof overhangs to reduce sun exposure
- Using recycled materials for your cabinets and flooring
- Changing to LED lighting
- Installing a hot water drain recovery system (which takes the hot water from your shower drains to heat cold water prior to going into your hot water tank)
Other considerably simple steps include upgrading your water tanks and furnaces to high efficiency versions, adding solar panels and green rooftops, and using geothermal energy (which uses heat from the earth below your home—if you have enough land—to generate steam that can make electricity, heat water, and provide heat for your home).
The environmental and financial payoffs
It is difficult to determine exact cost-savings when it comes to greening a home. Arguably, the fastest noticeable difference on your bills is converting halogen bulbs, which use a significant amount of energy, to LED bulbs. However, the amount of work involved in making a home green varies overall.
For instance, there is a far better opportunity to make a home green with a bigger renovation, and less financial benefit if you are only renovating one room. The cost-savings will not be as significant if you are essentially putting an addition on an 80-year-old home. While the updated, more sustainable aspects would help you save money, the rest of your home would remain in the same decades-old state without energy-efficient elements.
At Master Edge Homes, we like embracing new innovations in our industry, especially if that means helping the planet! If you tell us you want to make your home greener, we start by investigating your property to determine what renovations and updates we can make. Whether you are looking for a large or small renovation, we are happy to work together to discuss a variety of options. Contact us today to get a free on-site consultation!