Paige Guernsey


September 30, 2009

Paige Guernsey
Coldwell Banker 
Horizon Realty

#14 - 1470 Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9K8
Phone: 250.862.6464
Fax:  250.868.2488


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September 27, 2016
September 27 2016

Creating a green and healthy home: Clear the air

• Ban smoking: The number one way to combat indoor air pollution is to never let anyone smoke in your home, experts tell WebMD. "It's like inviting a diesel bus into your living room," says Gina Solomon, MD, PhD, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council and an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. "Cigarettes are full of toxic chemicals, and secondhand smoke exposure can cause cancer. It's a no-brainer. No smoking at home."

• Grow plants indoors: Live plants around your home act as natural air filters, and some plants are particularly effective absorbers of harmful pollutants emitted from carpets, furniture, and electronic equipment. So clean your indoor air and "green" your living space by filling your home with spider plants, Boston ferns, rubber plants, and palm trees.

• Install a carbon monoxide detector: Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas and exposure to it can be deadly. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, pick-up a detector at your local hardware store.

• Check for radon: Radon is a radioactive gas that is naturally present in soil, and it can enter your home through cracks in your foundation. Radon is also the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US, according to the National Academy of Sciences. Radon test kits are available at most hardware stores.

 To see more tips visit:http://www.webmd.com/women/features/25-ways-create-green-healthy-home#

Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464. 

Talk to you soon…  Paige

 


September 19, 2016
September 20 2016

Collecting Compost

So, you just finished cooking and you have a pile of potato peels, stems and leaves. Instead of pulling out a plastic trash bag, why not dump these food scraps into your compost bin? Composting recycles organic materials that would otherwise end up in landfills, and is used to naturally fertilize gardens and farms.

First, purchase or build a compost bin in whichever size you want to use.

Next, make sure the bin has some ventilation or air holes, otherwise microbials that thrive without air will assemble, causing an unpleasant smell. In order to successfully compost and promote the growth of microbial organisms which decay the material, allow for them their essential needs: air, water and food. Proper moisture greatly affects the microorganisms, so make sure the pile remains slightly damp but never wet.

Finally, to provide proper food, make sure that there is a good mixture of live (green) materials and dead (brown) materials.

Dump the materials in your compost bin and continue to add to the container as needed. Because the compost on the bottom of the pile is the oldest and most decayed, this should be taken out for use first. For this reason, some opt for a compost bin that tumbles with the spin of a handle to avoid unevenly decayed compost. Finished compost should resemble soil and the vast majority of the individual ingredients should not be discernible.

What to compost:

Grass/plant clippings

Weeds (be careful not to compost weeds that have seeds as to not let them spread. Dead, brown weeds are always okay to compost, however)

Leaves

Kitchen wastes (peels, teabags, coffee grounds)

Woodchips/sawdust

 

What not to compost:

Pet wastes

Meat or bones

Chemically treated wood

Pernicious weeds (such as ivy which can withstand the conditions of composting, only to spread later)

Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464. 

Talk to you soon… 

Paige

 


September 13, 2016
September 13, 2016

10 “ Green” Tips for Fall

Check the air pressure in your tires. Cooler temperatures lower tire pressure and that, in turn, lowers fuel efficiency. So check your tires and make sure that they are properly inflated.

Clean and test the furnace. Did you know that your furnace needs cleaning? Yep ... it collects all kinds of dust and debris which not only affects it's performance but could cause a fire. Before you really need the heat, get out your owner's manual for instructions on how to clean it. No manual? Check here or call a furnace maintenance company. If you have a gas furnace, have it professionally inspected once a year.

Move furniture or any obstructions from vents, baseboard heaters, registers on the floor or radiators so that air moves freely. This is also a good time to vacuum these areas to remove any dust or debris. And here's a tip if you have a radiator ... place a reflecting panel behind it ... you can purchase one at a home center or make one yourself with a plywood panel and aluminum foil.

Remove window air conditioners for the winter. If they can't be removed, seal them with caulking or tape and cover them with an airtight, insulated jacket.

Vacuum the refrigerator coils to keep the compressor running efficiently. It's also a good time to check that the refrigerator is level ... the door should automatically swing shut instead of staying open. Check the seal on the door ... try closing it on a dollar bill. If you can pull the bill out easily, it's time to replace the gaskets. Here's another tip for running the refrigerator efficiently ... don't over fill it. Allowing room for cool air to circulate will keep everything at the right temperature.

Clean the ducts and area behind the dryer. And don't forget, clean the filter after every use and every once in awhile, give it a good wash.

Bring in any houseplants that have spent the summer outdoors. They'll help clean the air.

Check doors for weather stripping and replace as necessary. If drafts sneak in under exterior doors, replace the threshold or block the drafts with a rolled-up towel or blanket.

Check your roof for any missing or damaged tiles or shingles.

Clean the roof gutters and make sure downspouts are pointed away from the house. Now would also be a good time to install a rain barrel ... rather than allow water to drain into one spot, a rain barrel would allow you to direct the water to where it's most needed.

A little effort in the fall will ensure that the chilly months ahead are warm and "green".

Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.

 

Paige

 


September 6, 2016
September 6 2016

Fall Planting Pointers

Though many people gear up to work on their yards and gardens in the spring, fall is actually an ideal time for yard work. Here are a few ideas for bringing your garden to life in the fall:

Compost the leaves. Falling leaves are beautiful to look at but may seem like an inconvenience when planning your garden. Instead of bagging the leaves and leaving them out with the trash, consider collecting them and composting them to create nutrient-rich, organic soil that will be ready for use by the spring. Check out our tips on collecting leaves and how to compost here.

Fertilize organically. When preparing your soil for next year, add organic, slow-release fertilizers that will help enhance your soil over time. These fertilizers are made of natural materials, contain vital nutrients to help your plants grow, and prevent plants from getting nitrogen. Most garden stores today carry a wide variety of organic fertilizers; many catalog companies also sell organic products.

 Plant trees. By the time autumn rolls around, summer heat waves are long past, rainfall is usually more plentiful, and new trees, bushes and flowers have a greater chance of surviving than they would if they were planted during a hotter season. Choose species native to your area as well as those that are drought and pest resistant and can grow in the kind of soil and amount of sunlight available on your property.

 Other ideas. If you have a vegetable or fruit garden that you want to maintain throughout the winter, consider planting root bulbs and leafcrops that will continue to produce despite the colder weather. This will work in many regions of the country, but some places might still be too cold. Building a greenhouse or a hot beds to cultivate your veggies could keep the fresh food coming throughout the winter!

http://www.earthshare.org/2008/09/fall-planting-p.html

Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464. 

Talk to you soon… 

Paige

 

 


August 30, 2016
August 30 2016

The Importance of a Tree Survey

As we know the trees are the integral part of our flora and fauna hence it's important to have tree surveys done; there are many reasons why tree surveys are important for example if you are planning to buy property which is covered by trees and it's a natural habitat for many of the species.

For example, there is a possibility that the property you are buying is habitat for endangered species like bats. So it is important to have trees surveys done to check whether the trees on property you are about to buy is likely to have any negative impact on the property such as subsidence.

Similarly if you like to develop land on which there are many trees, surveys can provide valuable information on condition of trees and whether there is any health and safety risk because of tress and animals.

It's not necessary that only those who are looking for property and planning to develop their land should do tree surveys, a curious individual who has a nice grown tree in his garden can also conduct tree survey to gather information about the age of that tree, type of the tree and some information about species residing on that tree to take proper care of his tree and to understand health and safety risks because of the species residing on his tree.

Many of the enthusiast people conduct tree surveys in their garden to take proper care of their tree and to save precious life depending on their trees.

For town planners and land developers tree surveys are conducted to ensure that trees within their boundaries meet all safety and health requirements. Trees are a very important part of any ecosystem but they can occasionally be a risk to human and animal life so tree surveys can provide information to avoid potential hazards to life because of trees.

Tree surveys conducted by a professional arboricultural and ecological consultant like Arbtech Arboriculturist are meant to provide important and useful information to local authorities, householders, designers and environmental lovers for various reasons.

Very first step to save trees and precious animal life dependent on trees starts from our home!

Kelowna Green Real Estate Agent ~ Paige



Read more at http:http://www.earthtimes.org/green-blogs/green-living/importance-tree-survey-04-Jul-12/


August 23, 2016
August 23, 2016

Green Roofs

Green roofs address livability issues in dense urban areas, improve both the performance and appearance of buildings, help the environment, and save you money.

Green roofs are suitable for all types of buildings; from small residential garages to large industrial warehouses. They offer tangible benefits for every type of project, while adding beautiful architectural features.

Green Roof ROI

Green roofs usually save money over the long term. For industrial installations with large heating and cooling costs, a green roof can save enough to cover its extra up-front cost in just a few years. For smaller buildings the payback period is longer, but a green roof almost always pays dividends over its full lifespan. It also increases a building's resale value, plus its desirability helps lower vacancy rates.

Benefits of Green Roofs

Green roofs provide numerous benefits, in numerous categories, including economic returns, cleaner, cooler air and reduced noise. Their beauty and serenity can even improve your mood, energy level and general satisfaction. For a business, that means happier, more productive employees.

Other benefits include:

Storm Water Mitigation   

Reduce Heat-Island Effect

Biodiversity & Habitat

Physical Beauty

Acoustic Buffering

Biophilic Design and Wellness

Where Green Roofs are Used

Green roofs can be used on virtually any building, large or small. Here are just a few examples:

Residential homes

Apartment/Condo buildings

Office buildings of all heights

Malls & commercial buildings

Industrial warehouses & facilities

Parking garages

This is just a few things we can do to start making our homes Green.  If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.

 

Paige

 

 


August 16, 2016
August 16 2016

The house that trash built

An engineering student from Denmark is working to turn plastic waste into bricks that will serve as a means of dealing with a growing waste problem, and also facilitate the construction of better homes in rural India. Plastic trash is everywhere. In most developed countries it gets collected and often recycled but in rural parts of the developing world, it is becoming a major problem.

Unlike other forms of garbage that can be tossed and eventually decompose, plastic tenaciously remains and litters villages and fields where livestock and wild animals accidentally eat it. In many cases, for lack of a better option, villagers burn it, releasing toxic fumes into their streets and homes.

Those were the problems that Lise Fuglsang Vestergaard, a young design and engineering student from Denmark, encountered during a three month stay in the village of Joygopalpur in West Bengal, India.

"Soft plastic is a huge and growing problem in places like this," she says. "They have no solution for it, so they are forced to throw it out into nature or burn it." Vestergaard came up with an unusual idea: Perhaps the plastic bags and other packaging materials she encountered could be transformed into building blocks - bricks that the villagers could use to build homes.

But it wasn't just about making bricks, the student also wanted to design a process that people living in rural areas would actually use.

"As soon as you have to transport the soft plastic it loses its value," says Vestergaard. And giving it value is essential because it motivates people to collect rather than carelessly toss the plastic.

So Vestergaard, a student at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), went to work and developed both the process and the technology necessary to transform trash into bricks.

In the first stage, the plastic garbage is collected and washed, if necessary. Then villagers grind it into small pieces. Initially, this can be done by simply cutting the trash with scissors or knives. After that, the plastic particles are stuffed in a mold and placed into a sun grill, which heats the plastic using just the power of the sun. After about one hour on the grill, the plastic has melted. In the final step, the cooled down plastic is removed from the mold to reveal a plastic brick.

But the bricks aren't simple blocks - they have two holes through them. This makes it possible to stack and connect them with bamboo poles to create stable walls without the need for cement or other building materials.

These plastic walls act as a foundation, similar to the traditional mud bricks used in villages in India and can be covered with a layer of clay just like traditional houses. This has the positive side effect of protecting the plastic from the sun. But these homes would also have a notable advantage. Whereas mud bricks often can't withstand monsoon rains and houses are frequently washed away, houses with plastic frames should be more durable.

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Vestergaard is still refining the process but the young engineer is also working with local manufacturers in India to develop the grill there as well.

"We have made some smaller bricks in the sun grill, but the machine is still being developed," Vestergaard explains. "The idea is that it is so simple and low tech that is can be used in the villages."

Taken from: http://www.dw.com/en/bricks-made-of-plastic-trash/a-18799557

Going Green! Our homes are a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige

 


August 9, 2016
August 9, 2016

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Green Home

Continued

6. Not minimizing your footprint

You want to minimize your footprint as much as you possibly can, this means getting rid of all unnecessary waste including all building products and machines needed to create and run them. You want your energy consumption and waste to be as little as possible.

7. Inadequate insulation

The greatest savings to your home will come in the form of your home’s insulation. In the US minimum insulation codes have been increased in recognition of the ability to prevent heat loss and gain via walls, windows, roof and foundation. Insulation is responsible for your building’s heat retention and loss. A well insulated building will not only save energy and resources but will cut your electrical bill substantially.

8. Poorly planned roofing

The roof protects and carries the walls and therefore when building much consideration needs to be placed upon the roof. It is important to understand how much weight the roof will need to support and the shape of the roof is vital to the home efficiency of energy. A flat roof will tend to hold and accumulate water whereas a sloped roof will not. A proper drainage system put in place will work to ensure that the roof can best protect your home in the most efficient manner possible. The roof’s insulation is integral to the building’s heating and cooling efficiency.

9. Not using energy efficient equipment

There’s no excuse not to use a high efficiency or energy efficient appliance. Consider using a tankless water heater so water will not sit around waiting to be heated. Green appliances are available in all price points and are readily available.

10. Not using environmentally friendly products

There really is no reason not to use eco-friendly products. Everything from your roofing material, building material, insulation to you your flooring, counters and cabinets should be environmentally friendly. Whether using recycled lumber, natural products such as cork, or bamboo, concrete, granite or recycled glass, everything you could possibly need or want to build your home should be eco-friendly. Your architect and builder should be better able to guide you.

Anytime is a perfect time to start for sustainablity in our homes! If you’re thinking of real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige

 


August 2, 2016
August 2 2016

10 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Green Home

When building a green home one chooses to do so to reduce the harmful impact on the environment. Careful thought and consideration must be placed on every aspect of this home design, from the roof to the foundation to everything in between – electrical work, air quality, and affordability. It is important to lessen one’s footprint and not to disrupt the existing ecosystem. With all the knowledge and resources available to us today there really is no excuse for not being environmentally conscientious.

1. Don’t build more than you need

You don’t want to build too much house, instead, you want your home to fit “just right.” A house that is too large will likely contain wasted space, unused space and cost more to run, heat and cool. When planning your home take careful consideration to your lifestyle. By the same token, do take time think ahead. If you plan on expanding your family or taking in elderly relatives, you will want to plan ahead and put the proper accommodations and resources into place.

2. Don’t not think ahead

Will you be living in your home in 10, 20 or 30 years? Think ahead to what your needs may be down the road. As the population ages we should take careful consideration to what our future needs and lifestyle and prepare for such. (For more information on this read my article, What Empty Nesters are Looking for When They Downsize.)

3. Building on the wrong plot

It’s crucial to find the right lot size and location. As wonderful as it sounds to have a lovely country home in the bucolic countryside, off the beaten path, do consider building in or near town. Building on a new site can damage a peaceful ecosystem. It can disrupt the lives and dens of local wildlife and eliminate them altogether in order to bring additional lines, utilities and roads where they don’t currently exist.

4. Not going solar

No matter where you live you should build your home so that you have unobstructed solar access from 9:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. When building your home it should always have a southern exposure. By placing the front of the home due south, you will automatically lower your energy costs by 10%.   Situate your home so that it is facing due south, placing the majority of the windows on the southern side, and placing overhangs or awnings to shield the sun’s hot summer rays. Use materials that will absorb and radiate the sun’s heat. One should also note that it would not be wise to have a glass wall facing due south  as this will have the complete opposite effect! Plant trees near your home to offer natural shade on southern sides and take advantage of skylights (with shades) to maximize the sun’s energy.

5. Not doing your research

With all the information so readily available to us, there’s no excuse not to educate yourself as best as you can to learn about all your green building options. There is no reason, today, not to use environmentally responsible products. There are plenty of options available at every price point. When building your home you should be using toxic-free, sustainable, recycled and low voc products. Everything from the roof to the foundation, from the lighting to the floor, from insulation to paint can all be environmentally sound.

 Visit next week to view the next 5 helpful tips.

 Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige

 


July 26, 2016
July 26 2016

How to go Green at Home

It Starts with Simplifying Your Life

Simplifying our lives goes a long way in going green at home. Looking back to simpler times for inspiration (while still using clean, innovative technologies) can help guide us in environmentally-responsible actions. Here are a few principles behind simple living:

•Minimize: Use less, conserve more. What can you use less of? Makeup, toilet paper, printer paper, etc just to name a few.

•Maximize: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. (Cuz we all love things that rhyme.) Basically, get the most out of your clothing, food, personal energy, resources, etc.

•Prioritize: Make time for what matters. Eliminate things that don't. Don't waste time, money, energy, or resources on the wrong things. Do you know what matters most to you?

Keeping in mind these principles of simple living will keep you on track as you poke through the articles below for inspiration and begin going green at home.

This is just a few things we can do to start making our homes Green.  If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.

 

Paige

 


July 19, 2016
July 19,2016

Green living: Top 10 sustainable houses

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 Waste House

The Waste House is a sustainable construction project installed at the UK's University of Brighton. As its name suggests, the prototype home is built almost exclusively from discarded waste.

Around 90 percent of the materials that went into making the Waste House derive from household and construction waste, including 20,000 toothbrushes, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 floppy discs, and 2,000 used carpet tiles, used to clad the home's facade. While nobody actually lives in it at present, the building is a remarkable achievement and proves the organizer's mantra that "there is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place."

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S House

 Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia Architects has been tinkering away at the issue of providing practical, sustainable, and most importantly, cheap, homes. The result is the S House, a US$4,000 dwelling part-built using local, easily-obtained materials, including Palm leaf thatching and bamboo.

The interior of the S House is very basic and measures just 30 sq m (322 sq ft), with one large interior space. The building is prefabricated and can be disassembled into multiple small pieces for easy transport by local builders. Vo Trong Nghia Architects is still working on the design of the S House but the eventual plan is to mass market it.

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ZEB Pilot House

The ZEB Pilot House, by international architecture outfit Snøhetta is a remarkable experimental home that makes an even more remarkable claim: thanks to incredible efficiency and ample solar panels, it's said to generate almost three times the amount of electricity it requires – leaving plenty of surplus juice for charging an EV, for example.

In order to achieve this performance, the ZEB Pilot House features the proverbial kitchen sink of sustainable technology, including a large photovoltaic array, rainwater collection system, solar thermal panels, and an efficient heat exchanger. It doesn't hurt that the home is easy on the eyes, too. The ZEB Pilot House's performance is currently being monitored to make sure the claims of energy-efficiency are justified.

To view all 10 homes visit: http://www.gizmag.com/gizmag-top-10-sustainable-innovative-green-houses/34712/

 

Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige

 


July 12, 2016
July 12 2016

Eco Friendly Houses

As the effects of climate change are felt across the world and with the construction industry is responsible for as much as 40 percent of man-made carbon emissions, both governments and individuals are beginning to take the task of building eco friendly houses much more seriously.

Fuelled by increased demand a new industry of eco friendly home building has grown up and a whole host of technological innovations have created an arsenal of eco friendly building materials and techniques. From  wind turbines, to solar panels, to high efficiency lighting,  ultra efficient insulation,  glazing,  water conservation,  plumbing,  recycling and much more.

Eco Friendly Houses - Designs, Concepts and Ideas

Below are some few great examples of eco-friendly building design:

 

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Living Wall

http://www.ecofriendlyhouses.net/living-wall.html

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Eco Friendly Warehouse

http://www.ecofriendlyhouses.net/ecofriendly-warehouse.html

 

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Living home Prefab

http://www.ecofriendlyhouses.net/living-homes-prefab.html

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 Solar Fish House

http://www.ecofriendlyhouses.net/the-solar-fish-house.html

 Visit: http://www.ecofriendlyhouses.net/ for the full article and additional building designs

Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464. 

Talk to you soon…  Paige

 

 


July 5, 2016
July 5, 2016

“Today’s Homebuilders are Building Smaller, Responsible Homes with Eco-Friendly and Smart Home Technology Features“

Homebuilders always are trying to find the right mix of features and design elements to draw in new home buyers, and this can be seen in some of the interesting home building trends that are becoming popular.  Probably the biggest factor affecting home design trends and residential construction is that the home building industry actually is starting to reignite. What this ultimately means is that many of the “cutting edge” ideas that were hailed as trends a few years ago in the industry press are becoming reality – at almost all price levels – now that homebuilding is heating up.

Trends in Home Design & Technology

One home building trend is that it seems that the days of the “McMansion” may be coming to an end.  Sure, there still will be people who want bigger and bigger homes, but many savvy new home buyers are scaling down their living spaces in order to make more efficient use of their space.

Homebuyers are finding that they like living in better designed spaces that are more manageable and cost effective.  Some believe that part of this trend is because there are more multi-generational families living under the same roof than ever before, making both design and budget very important for the homeowner. Others believe that baby boomer homebuyers simply are scaling down their lives. Market information has shown a slight shift toward larger new homes that likely applies to higher-end custom homes, but many national and regional home builders have been following the trend toward smaller homes than what they built prior to the downturn.

Although more people are working from home and working virtually, there has been a decline in home offices. Consumers are ditching desktop PCs in favor of more mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.  This abundance of mobile technology is eliminating the need for large, separate home offices. More common are “pocket offices” or small areas designed to fit a laptop, and maybe some other small office supplies.

Green building continues to grow, and it is safe to say that green homes and green building techniques and materials are here to stay. With advances in technology and a more mainstream adoption of the Green Homes Movement, consumers are using more of their living space to be as efficient as possible. Homeowners at all price levels are realizing that today’s green technology can give you a return on your investment sooner than in the past, causing the fear of additional upfront costs to be overshadowed by the long-term cost savings from efficiency. It has been seen that green homes and communities tend to reflect better quality construction practices and often hold their values better, while at the same time making homeowners feel good about decreasing their impact on the environment.

Another growing trend seems to be adding “Smart Home” appliances and technology to homes, whether new or existing construction. Different heating, cooling, sound, kitchen and lighting systems are being installed that are controlled by remotes, computers and smartphones. This technology once was available only for the most luxurious homes and required specialized expertise to install, program and set up, but now the technology can be found in all levels of homes and some components even can be installed by homeowners with parts bought online or from their local hardware and electronics stores.

These trends focus on building homes that fit the owner’s needs, while being responsibly designed and efficiently operated. While the technology and eco-friendly aspects of these homes are often more expensive than conventional options, the simpler designs and non-extravagant accessories have countered those costs along with the more comfortable time frame for getting a return on your investment.

Taken from http://blog.lotnetwork.com/

This is just a few things we can do to start making our homes Green.  If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.

 

Paige

 

 


June 28, 2016
June 28 2016

Low-Maintenance Lawns

Although there is a growing trend towards alternatives, lawns remain the dominant landscape feature of many Canadian homes. Lawns provide open views and a wear-tolerant soft surface for active recreation and they are relatively inexpensive to install.

However, lawns can be a lot of work. You can reduce the time, cost and environmental impacts of lawns by reducing the amount of lawn in your yard, choosing a low-maintenance lawn or doing both. This About Your House tells you about the benefits of low-maintenance lawns and provides tips on how to plant and maintain them.

What is a Low-Maintenance Lawn?

Conventional lawns are typically made up of a small number of fine turfgrasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass. The grasses are selected primarily for their attractiveness.

To keep them green, homogenous and manicured, many people neatly mow them at least weekly and regularly water, edge, fertilize and treat them for pests (insects, diseases and weeds). All of this can be time-consuming, costly and resource-intensive. Some of these practices can have adverse impacts, including:

•Increased water consumption. Municipal water consumption doubles in the summer, mainly as a result of lawn and garden watering. Excess consumption lowers water tables and reduces stream flows, which affects fish and other aquatic life. It also increases the costs for municipalities to supply and treat water and increases homeowners’ water bills. To reduce costs, some municipalities restrict lawn and garden water use when there is little rainfall.

•Increased air and noise pollution. Regular use of electric- or gasoline-powered mowers, trimmers and other equipment discharges air pollutants and creates noise.

•Increased use of pesticides. Many Canadians are voluntarily reducing their use of pesticides and some Canadian municipalities restrict pesticide use. These trends reflect growing concerns about the potential health and environmental risks of pesticides.

•Increased use of fertilizers. Depending on types used and site conditions, fertilizers can leach into groundwater and enter streams and lakes through stormwater runoff. This has negative consequences for water quality and aquatic life. Over time, fertilizer residue can lower soil quality.

Low-maintenance lawns are made up of a diverse mix of hardy, drought-tolerant, slow-growing and low-height turfgrasses, fescues, and wear-tolerant broadleaf species such as clover. These species require less mowing, fertilizing and watering than conventional lawn species. Upkeep of low-maintenance lawns requires less intensive, low-impact practices as described below.

Low-maintenance lawns typically appear less uniform than conventional lawns. For some people, low-maintenance lawns may mean a shift in thinking — that a less-than-perfect appearance is well worth the savings in time and costs and the environmental benefits.

https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/grho/grho_005.cfm

Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige

 


June 21, 2016
June 21 2016

What Does Going Green Mean?

Going green does not only involve recycling. Going green involves much more.

Basically, going green means to live life, as an individual as well as a community, in a way that is friendly to the natural environmental and is sustainable for the earth.

It means contributing towards maintaining the natural ecological balance in the environment, and preserving the planet and its natural systems and resources.

It also means taking steps, whether big or small, to minimize the harm you do to the environment (including the carbon footprints you leave behind), as a result of inhabiting this planet.

 In practice, going green means adopting five basic principles in your daily life:

     reduce pollution

    conserve resources

    conserve energy

    reduce consumption and waste

    protect the earth’s ecological balance

 All five principles are important in protecting the environment from harm, as well as helping to ensure that living (for humans and other creatures) on earth is sustainable.

 So in your daily life, do adopt green practices under all principles, to make a difference.

 Read more: http://www.all-recycling-facts.com/what-does-going-green-mean.html#ixzz4CEaoVdMG

 Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start! If you’re thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Okanagan Valley, phone me on my direct line 250-862-6464.  Talk to you soon…  Paige

 




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Welcome to Green Kelowna Real Estate!


What is Green Kelowna Real Estate? 

  • Is it how a home is built? 
  • Is it in the materials used when doing a renovation or upgrade? 
  • Is it the location? 
  • How about the environment around the home?

There are many things that come to mind when you think about sustainability in Kelowna. One of the easiest, most cost effective ways to become eco-friendly is nearest to our hearts… our HOMES

Every corner of our home can provide us with ways to cut energy use, save money, and surround ourselves with healthy and non-toxic products. Things you may consider are heating/cooling techniques, water consumption, grey water re-cycling, xeriscape vs drought tolerant landscaping, insulation, renewable finishings, indoor air quality, solar and wind power and much more.

This website is for those who believe now is the time to take action and start to be planet friendly with our most valuable asset… our HOMES! You’ll find accurate and up-to-date information about the following on our Green Links page:

*Green renovations and home improvements

*How to calculate your own “eco-footprint”

*Government grants, rebates, and incentives
  for new homes and renovations

*EnergyGuide ratings

*Natural cleaning products

*Eco-energy vehicles

*Green events in Kelowna

*Green projects in Kelowna

*Green real estate

Join the growing movement and improve your real estate’s value by GOING GREEN.