Do you want to make your condo green? Many condos in Montreal are adopting a green lifestyle, and you can join this movement without having to completely re-design your home. In fact, there are things you can do right now if you want to go green.
Here are some ideas you can consider:
1. Use a low-flow showerhead. The newer models are better than the ones that were sold in the market 10 years ago, so you can still have a good shower without wasting water.
2. Plug the drain before turning on the faucet in your bath. Tub faucets can run an average of 3-5 gallons per minute so you can prevent wasting water simply by plugging the drain.
3. Get a high-efficiency toilet for your bathroom, which uses less than 2 gallons of water every time you flush. If you don’t want to buy a new toilet, then at the very least, flush once less each day. Toilets are the biggest users of water in homes.
4. Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth. You can save up to $100 annually if your entire family can make this a habit.
1. Whether you live in a condo, townhouse or house, the refrigerator is one of the biggest users of energy in the kitchen. You let it run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Don’t keep opening your fridge door because doing this can cost you up to $60 a year. Placing hot food or beverage inside the fridge also causes it to use more energy to achieve the right temperature. Finally, check your fridge seals to ensure they are not damaged.
2. Wash dishes by hand. Doing this can save you up to $100 on your electric bill in one year. If you’re too busy to do the dishes, you can ask your kids to take turns doing this task. Just make sure you teach them to conserve water as much as possible.
1. Turn off lights and appliances when not in use. Oftentimes we forget to switch off the lights when we leave for work or school.
2. Open windows to get fresh air. If the weather is cool, there’s no need to turn on your AC. By trying to minimize your use of your air conditioner, you can really cut down your electricity bill.
3. Insulate your windows. Doing so will prevent cool air from escaping. In turn, your AC won’t have to work twice as hard in the hot months.
4. Invest in an electric blanket. You can save more money in the long run by not using your heater unless it’s really necessary.
5. Avoid buying clothes on impulse. Instead of going with the trends, why not re-use and re-purpose clothes that are still in good condition? You can just mix and match your clothes and accessories and you’d still look fashionable. When shopping, stick to wardrobe staples too. Oh, and if possible, choose organic clothing.
These are just a few suggestions you can consider if you’re planning to switch to green condo living.