Save money and im­prove your home's re­sale value!

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

Each Cana­dian gen­er­ates, on av­er­age, five tonnes of green­house gases a year that are linked to cli­mate change. The good news is there are things each of us can do to make a real dif­fer­ence with­out hav­ing to make dras­tic changes to our lifestyles.

From bet­ter trans­porta­tion choices to chang­ing the way we heat, cool and light our homes, Canada Mort­gage and Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (CMHC) has 10 steps we can all take to help keep our planet healthy, all while sav­ing money, liv­ing in health­ier and more com­fort­able homes, and in­creas­ing our homeʼs re­sale val­ues:

1. Don't drive it – tran­sit. Sim­ply switch­ing some of your lo­cal travel from a car to pub­lic tran­sit can save up to 230 kg of CO2 per year for ev­ery 1,000 km you drive.

2. Think smaller. Drop­ping your fam­ily ve­hi­cle a size or two can elim­i­nate 1,100-2,600 kg of CO2 each year - and save you hun­dreds of dol­lars at the gas pump!

3. Stay grounded. For shorter fam­ily trips, tak­ing the bus or train in­stead of trav­el­ling by plane could do both the planet and your wal­let a favour.

4. Re­duce your home heat­ing bills. If you live in an older home, im­prov­ing the en­ergy-ef fi­ciency or even just low­er­ing the ther­mo­stat by as lit­tle as 10 C can re­duce green­house gas emis­sions.

5. Re­con­sider your space needs. Larger homes use con­sid­er­ably more en­ergy so, the next time you move, ask your­self if a smaller home might bet­ter fit your needs.

6. Buy green. When buy­ing ap­pli­ances, choos­ing the most en­ergy-ef fi­cient mod­els can save up to 400 kg of CO2 a year.

7. Stay out of hot wa­ter . Wrap­ping your hot wa­ter heater in a ther­mal blan­ket and keep­ing it turned down to 500 C can save a fam­ily of four 600 kg of CO2 per year.

8. Eat your veg­eta­bles. Adopt­ing a less meat­in­ten­sive diet can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on your green­house gas emis­sions - and your fam­ily's health!

9. Re­duce, Re­use, Re­cy­cle. Cutting your garbage pro­duc­tion by just one bag a week could save your fam­ily 300 kg of CO2 a year.

10. Re­mem­ber: you have the power . In re­sponse to con­sumer de­mand, many util­ity com­pa­nies are in­tro­duc­ing Green Power op­tions at a premium price. By switch­ing to green power , you can re­duce your home's CO2 emis­sions.

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