For the warmer months, cool down with these tips and perhaps you can put some of that extra cash you save towards a summer vacation. Take a look at our previous blog on how to make improvements in your home to save heat and money. 

Install a Programmable Thermostat
Set it at a lower temperature at night and during the day when you're away. This can be done automatically without sacrificing comfort through the easy installation of a programmable thermostat or an automatic setback. With the former, you can turn on heating or air-conditioning based on a pre-determined schedule. Programmable thermostats are a great way to save on your energy bills as heating and cooling account for about 42% of energy costs. A majority of these costs come from heating and cooling empty or unused spaces. Each degree below 20° saves you 3-5% on heating costs. 

Replace Your Furnace Filter
By replacing your furnace filter, you will optimize performance since clogged filters reduce airflow which in turn causes the furnace to work harder. Most people don't give much thought to furnaces so long as it does its intended purpose. However, for it to perform optimally and prevent possible malfunctions, furnace filters need to be cleaned or changed on a regular basis.

Use Curtains
Windows can be one of your home's most attractive features. Windows provide views, daylighting, ventilation, and heat from the sun in the winter. Unfortunately, they can also account for 10% to 25% of your heating bill by letting heat out. During the warmer months, your air conditioner has to work overtime to cool down hot air from sunny windows. By installing ENERGY STAR®-qualified windows and using curtains and shade, you will be able to hit two birds with one stone by giving both your air conditioner and energy a bit of a break!

Being green saves you green. Stay tuned for additional energy and money saving tips as we will be posting home renovation blogs over the next few months!


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Amendments to the BC Building Code have been introduced and effective as of December 19, 2014. The amendments include an additional section entitled 9.36 Energy Efficiency which are new requirements for houses and small buildings. This section is concerned with the energy used by buildings and outlines new requirements for insulation, ventilation and radon mitigation rough-in. The update sets out mandates for increased energy-efficiency standards for home construction and should result in further efficiency in how new homes are built. The building construction regulation is a provincial responsibility and thus, other provinces are at different stages of adoption.

A house with green features feeds the need to be environmentally sustainable while positively impacting the construction and quality of the dwelling. There are many reasons as to why being energy-efficient can help you cut costs and we've listed out some tips here: Home Renovations: Heating Edition.

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In today's time and age, location is definitely key, especially in Metro Vancouver. Choosing where to live includes various factors and we'll shed light on some ways to save money by being environmentally conscious about your choice of location.

First off, situate yourself in "green" neighbourhoods. What we mean by that is, look at properties that are in close proximity to work, school, shopping, community centres and other services. In doing so, the commute to these areas take up less fuel and subsequently, are easier on your wallet and the environment.

Another suggestion is to situate yourself in a transit-oriented area. Nowadays, many neighbourhoods are being built with transit as their focus. There is a shift towards shared driving or utilizing Car2Go as there has been a reduction in car ownership in Vancouver.

Choosing a walkable neighbourhood will offer health, environmental , financial and community benefits. Take a look at WALKSCORE to calculate the walkability score of your neighbourhood.

Contact us by e-mail at info@wesellvancouver.ca or by phone at 604-801-6654 if you have any questions in regards to buying or selling!

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