How Can I Be More Green?

Inspired by our new West 5 community (a net zero community) we put our heads together to compile a handy list of ways each of us can reduce our carbon footprint.

How Can I Be More Green?

  1. Only wash dishes and clothes when you have enough items to fill the machine. Running these appliances fewer times each week, reduces energy & water consumption and lowers hydro & water bills.
  2. Have your own thermostat control? In winter, reduce the temperature during times when you will not be home and overnight; in summer, do the opposite. You can save up to 10% on heating costs just by lowering the temperature 3 degrees overnight.
  3. Turn off lights when you leave a room or when you leave for the day. Better yet, turn off electronics and TV’s when you leave home.
  4. Chill out. For free instant savings, lower the temperature on your water heater between 120°F to 140°F. For every 10 degree reduction, you save 3 to 5% on your energy bill.
  5. Keep it clean, organically. Replace chemically laden products with organic and green options.
  6. Ditch the plastic water bottles. Purchase a glass re-usable bottle, fill it up before you leave the house and voila water on the go that doesn’t add plastic to our landfills.
  7. Buy Local. Buying food, clothing and other items from local businesses results in less fossil fuels to transport goods, generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
  8. Bike or walk. Consider making 1 day a week a vehicle free day and opt for fresh air, exercise and no carbon emissions. 

What does Sifton do to reduce our carbon footprint?

  • Reducing the energy our properties and operations produce is a top priority:  
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • LED bulbs in common areas and coming soon for all suites (stay tuned for more info!)
  • Gas efficient boilers in apartment buildings
  • Gas powered furnaces in townhomes
  • Insulated windows to reduce heat loss
  • Insulation program for townhome attics to reduce drafts & heat your home more efficiently  
  • Efficient waste disposal systems

Interested in learning more?
The David Suzuki Foundation has great info!

DID YOU KNOW? If you qualify as a low-income household in Ontario, you can apply for relief on your hydro bill. Contact the Ontario Energy Board for more information and eligibility requirements.