What is GreenRealEstateTM?

  • 17 Feb 12

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What is GreenRealEstateTM?

GreenRealEstateTM is in the business of making home energy conservation an intrinsic part of everyday life through the marketing and sales of more energy efficient new & resale homes. Its goals include:

  • Help reduce energy waste through increased energy conservation
  • Reduce monthly home energy costs
  • Increase resale value of homes

Energy Usage in the Home – A Breakdown

Using a typical Ontario home with a yearly energy bill

Based on data from Ont-200, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada & Stats Canada

Applications Percentage of annual energy bill of $2000

Heating                      57 – 62%            ($1,140 – 1,240)

Water Heating         20 – 21%            ($400 – 420)

Appliances                  12 – 13%            ($240 – 260)

Lighting                         4 – 5%             ($80 – 100)

Cooling                      0 – 7%             ($0 – $200)

Fred & Kari’s TOP 6 GREEN RECOMMENDATIONS

1. Install a High Efficiency Energy Star Gas Furnace

  • Heating is your number one cost & highest energy usage
  • Access up to $1000. in grants

2. Increase the Insulation in your Home

  • Insulate your attic & your basement
  • Cuts energy bills – keeping your home warm in winter & cool in summer
  •  Access up to $2000 in grants

3. Replace you Hot Water Tank

  • Install a new high efficiency gas or solar model
  • Access up to $600 in grants

4. Install New Energy Star Windows & Doors

  • New windows and doors will help improve seal out cold & hot weather
  • Adds real visual appeal & value to your property
  • Access up to $60. per window(max. 30) or door (max. 4) replace

5. Purchase Energy Star Appliances

  • Kitchen appliances & laundry appliances are available in Energy Star models
  • Consider a gas dryer – it’s more economical
  • Access up to a $60 rebate per appliance at point of sale

6. Rethink your Landscaping

  • Consider a front & back lawn of native plants rather than grass
  • Use mulch to help retain moisture – helps limit watering
  • Plant a deciduous tree on your southern exposure to help protect your home against the hot summer sun
  • You’ll be adding lots of curb appeal and value to your home