Reducing Your Home’s Energy Consumption

by | Jun 3, 2015 | General Home Advice

Zero Energy Homes

 

Here at BVM Contracting we want to make everyone as knowledgeable as possible about all of the pressing issues and topics about homes. The topic at the plate: reducing your home’s energy consumption.

Reducing energy consumption in a home is something that is dismissed because people still do not see the point in spending extra money for technology that can, in the long-run, save you money. This is valid because after all it is an investment, much like renovating your house is, and some people do not feel comfortable putting money into something and not knowing how much of a return they are going to obtain. My advice on this topic? Get comfortable with making the investment into a green home, it is a simple decision that will pay off when it is all said and done.

Apart from saving money from investing in green solutions for your house, you will also be helping to reduce your home’s impact on the environment, which is something you can be proud of. And if for some reason you do not care about helping the environment, the economic benefit should be reason enough to make the investment.

Additional perks for choosing a greener home include reduced insurance premiums if you build a green home, and government rebates for choosing to buy green products for your home.

I have had enough of telling you about this opportunity, now it is time to show you how to do it. There are a multitude of ways to reduce the amount of energy required for your home, and here are some of the products already in your home that you can make green:

1. Appliances (Washer, Dryer, Dishwasher, Stove, etc.)

2. Toilets

3. Windows

4. Insulation

5. Countertops

6. Flooring

Switching out products like your toilets and appliances for more efficient products is a good start to making your house greener, but there are also new technologies that can complement them. These products include but are not limited to:

1. Solar panels (electricity)

2. Smart Power Strips

3. Geothermal Heat Pumps

4. Rain Barrels

5. Solar hot water heaters

These applications are not as scaled up like the commonly replaced products that are listed above, but with more people turning their homes green they are becoming increasingly more attainable by the consumer.

In a recent survey conducted by EnerQuality Green Building, 40% of Ontario home buyers were willing to pay an additional $10,000 for a green home, compared to only 22% in 2008. Demand for more efficient homes is rising, making an even stronger case for improving residential construction practices. It is amazing to see that this practice is gaining traction, and BVM Contracting wants to be a part of this trend to help homeowners do their part in reducing their environmental footprint.

BVM Contracting already offers these services to clients, but will be marketing the option to go green further to make sure that people know that the option is available when you choose BVM Contracting as your contractor!

 

Ryan Meagher, Guest Blogger, BVM Contracting - Home Addition and Home Renovation Contractor.

About the Author

Ryan Meagher

Business Development, BVM Contracting

A graduate of chemical engineering from Queen's University, Ryan has spent many summers working with BVM Contracting in various roles and projects. This experience has provided him with a unique view on the residential construction industry which he loves sharing with you!