Friendly home renovations Saint John NB
Saint John, NB
Irishtown , NB
Saint John, NB
Friendly home renovations
(NC)-It's home renovation season in Canada! If you're thinking about a change, make your renovations about more than just dramatic colours and designer details: eco-friendly products can add life and value to your real estate, save money by reducing energy use, and even make your home a healthier place to live in.
Look for the Government of Canada's EcoLogo program symbol in purchasing products for your next project! The EcoLogo program verifies a product meets specific environmental leadership standards. There are over 7,000 products in Canada marked with EcoLogo, including home and building products. See www.ecologo.org for more details.
Paint the town green. Opt for paints and paint strippers that contain little or no solvents. For indoor jobs, use water- or clay-based paints to avoid releasing volatile organic compounds.
Sustainable flooring. If you want carpeting, make sure it's formaldehyde-free, and use a water-based adhesive for installation. Better yet, choose all-natural linoleum, durable hardwood, or new greener options such as rapidly renewable - or reclaimed - wood or cork (which can be harvested without damaging the tree).
Go natural. When shopping for new furniture, choose pieces made with water-based varnish or stain, or visit consignment or antique shops to bring new life to "gently used" furnishings.
Save your energy. Cut your energy costs by installing low-flow toilets, ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, dimmer switches, and ceiling fans. Update the insulation in your walls and attic and seal all gaps around fixtures, openings, doors and window frames with exterior caulk to keep your place cool through the summer months.
The Government of Canada's ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program provides home and property owners with grants of up to $5,000 to offset the cost of making energy efficiency improvements. The average grant is close to $1,000 and yields, on average, a 25 percent reduction in energy use and costs. More information is available at www.ecoaction.gc.ca/homes or by calling 1-800-622-6232 or TTY 1-800-926-9105.