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Buildings account for more than 39% (Residential 21%/Commercial 18%) of all global carbon dioxide emissions, one of the main culprits implicated in the phenomenon of global warming. Some experts tell us that our environmental impacts have to be reduced by 90% or more to begin to reverse the decline in the Earth's supportive ecosystems and to relive the stress on energy and water resources. Given these major issues of global warming, loss of biodiversity, water and energy shortages in much of the world, going "green" represents the beginning of a paradigm shift. Therefore, being passionate about the environment, I wanted to build this website not only as a resource for those seeking information about Okanagan real estate, but also for those looking for information on earth friendly changes that can add value to their home purchases. By making your home more energy efficient, eco-friendly, and generally living a "greener" lifestyle, you can help reduce environmental impacts while in turn, also saving money!

Here are some simple suggestions on how you can live more efficiently in your home:

  • Buy energy efficient/energy star rated electronics and appliances
  • Use a programmable thermostat to better control your heating and cooling
  • Unplug when not in use.
  • Consider a heat pump
  • Opt for clean, renewable energy if it is offered in the area.
  • Install low flow toilets, showerheads, and aerating faucets.
  • Fix leaking/dripping toilets, sinks, and plumbing.
  • Use CFL for lighting, automate your lighting, and/or dim lights whenever possible.
  • Switch to energy star windows
  • Use Zero (Or low) VOC paints, carpets, glues, flooring, etc.
  • Use Eco-friendly or homemade cleaners and detergents.
  • Weather strip windows and doors. Properly seal outlets, fixtures, attics, etc.
  • Xeriscape
  • Start a compost
  • Choose to live close to work, shops, and transit.
  • Plant trees near your home for shade.
  • Reuse rainwater for your landscaping and plants.
  • Consider an energy audit of your home.
  • Eat local and organic.
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recylce!
  • Research ONLINE for many more resources!

These simple changes at home, will help shift us to think towards a "greener" lifestyle.

I also incorporate earth friendly practices in my day to day business. This includes paying to offset my carbon dioxide emissions from my vehicle yearly, as well as from each real estate transaction performed and donating regularly to the David Suzuki Foundation.

Here are some "Green" links to take your actions further:

Built Green Canada
The David Suzuki Foundation
City of Kelowna Environmental Sustainability
The Natural Step
Cascadia Green Building Council
Canada Green Building Council
BC Hydro – Greening Your Home
City Green Solutions