Paige Guernsey


September 30, 2009

Paige Guernsey
Coldwell Banker 
Horizon Realty

#14 - 1470 Harvey Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 9K8
Phone: 250.862.6464
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January 10, 2017
January 10 2017

Green Housing

CMHC provides information to help you understand green building and renovating practices, ways to save both energy and water and how to make your home a healthier place for your family.

Visit: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/grho/   for a full list of  details for making your home Green

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

 


January 3, 2017
Januray 3 2017

5 Sustainable Lifestyle Resolutions for 2017

I truly enjoy the holiday season– it feels as if everyone is allowed a fresh start, and everyone is filled with the energy of renewal and regrowth.

Either way, New Year’s offers a feeling of reset, and many of us turn towards resolutions to plan ahead for a better self and/or a healthier mindset. But this year it is more important than ever to think beyond ourselves and consider the plight of our planet.

The best part is that these small ideas listed below are good all around: whether you chose to embrace one or all of the actions below, you can be confident that each of these changes will make a positive planetary impact AND a positive personal impact. These are my favorite tips based on things I’ve learned over the past few years, that help bring peace into my life and help me live in alignment with my values.

 1. Embrace Minimalism

Embracing a minimalist lifestyle in the face of television commercials, product placements, online advertising and so much more is really, really challenging. I think the hardest time of year is the holiday season, when everyone is shopping until dropping. But once the holiday frenzy is over, take a pause and really think about where you are spending your money, the impact it has on the planet, and how you can make changes.

There are lots of ways to embrace minimalism: maybe it starts with your wardrobe, maybe it starts with your digital life, maybe it starts with cleaning out the garage. However you start, know that embracing a more minimalist lifestyle can be really helpful to inspiring more conscious consumerism and better purchases.

2. Take Care of your Appliances

Your appliances all need a helping hand to make them run more efficiently and extend their lifespan. Not only does appliance optimization save you the headache of broken down appliances, it can save you money too!

Cleaning the coils on your refrigerator can improve efficiency by 15-25%, and snaking your dryer lint vent can improve your dryer’s speed, effectiveness, and reduce a huge fire hazard. Even something as small as adding aluminum foil to the drip trays on your stovetop can improve efficiency and help keep the stovetop looking better, longer. Give your appliances a little love throughout the year to ensure they keep working for as long as possible.

3. Initiate Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Take energy into your own hands and keep it away from the utilities by making energy efficiency upgrades throughout the home.

Improving your lighting with LEDs and right-sizing, along with upgrading shower heads and faucet aerators are just a few of the things you can do. With a bit of upfront investment, these upgrades will pay for themselves with reduced water and energy bills for the short- and long-term.

4. Drive less, Share More, Bike Most

Ridesharing apps are ubiquitous now, making it easier than ever to get out of your own car and share the ride with others. Choosing a rideshare or carpool option can help reduce the total emissions you give off during a daily commute, circling for parking, and running errands.

If you do need to use a car, the best option is to carpool with as many people as possible. But, as much as possible, take public transit to save money and emissions.  And once it’s warmer, you can maybe even get on your bike to commute as much as possible to burn fat instead of fuel!

5. Resolve to use less Plastic

Plastic is super convenient, but it’s really terrible for our whole planet: bad for our bodies, bad for our animal friends, and for our oceans. Plastic is ending up in our ecosystems, in the food chain, in our bodies. And for every plastic item you buy or use, there is almost always a more sustainable solution. The easy solutions are choosing reusable shopping bags, avoiding single use plastic generally, ditching bottled water.

Taken from : http://greenlivingideas.com/2016/12/30/5-sustainable-lifestyle-resolutions-for-2017/

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

 


December 28, 2016
December 28 2016

Going Green in 2017: Simple Green Resolutions for the New Year

A fresh start, a new chapter in life and a new list of resolutions are to come for 2017.

Health, fitness, career and love always seem to top lists of New Year’s resolutions. But Canadians are also conscious of the world in which we live, and are giving more consideration to New Year’s resolutions that will reduce their environmental footprint.

“Increasingly, we are seeing Canadians make decisions that are helping them lead a healthier life,” says Laurie Simmonds, President and CEO of Green Living Enterprises. “Living more sustainably does not mean completely changing your lifestyle. Even the smallest action taken by each Canadian can generate significant results and create positive impacts on the environment.”

Green Living Enterprises has come up with six New Year’s resolutions so easy you will have no excuse not to keep them.

* Reduce your transportation footprint. Give more environmental transportation such as biking, public transit or carpooling a try.  You can also try auto-sharing programs like Zipcar or invest in an electric vehicle.

* Choose good quality materials and timeless styles that won’t go out offashion. Check out thrift shops, host a swap party and support local designers. Rouge Renard offers unique pieces made from recycled materials and Rok Cork makes bags using cork—a sustainable and renewable material.

* Personal care products should be so pure you could eat them, as they’re eventually absorbed right into the bloodstream. Look to Canadian companies like Saint Cosmetics that offer plant-based, high performance make-up that is also non-toxic, gluten- and cruelty-free.

* Minimize your meat intake this year. Eat more vegetables or try alternative sources of proteins like soups from local merchant Soup Girl. You can also subscribe to a weekly box of sustainably grown produce fromFresh City Farms or start your own veggie garden. Not only are these options more environmentally friendly, but they’ll do wonders for your health.

* If a home renovation is what you are looking forward to in 2017, stay mindful of the environment with the help of Sage Living Toronto and Greening Homes. These companies specialize in the planning and implementation of sustainable home improvements while Bullfrog Powercan help you offset your overall household emissions through renewable energy.

* Give green parenting a try. Pack school and work lunches in reusable glass or stainless steel containers from Simply Green Baby. The Green Beaver Company also provides pure and natural ingredients as safe alternatives to common household soaps and personal care products.

The end of 2016 is the perfect time to start making green decisions that will not only impact your life, but the lives of those around you, From getting active, to eating healthy, to choosing eco-friendly brands–the best way to go green is completely up to you.

http://www.mnialive.com/articles/going-green-in-2017-simple-green-resolutions-for-the-new-year

Kelowna offers such opportunity to conserve and think long term through sustainability. 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

 


December 20, 2016
December 20 2016

7 Ways to Reduce Holiday Waste

1.Use less: Did you know that if every family used just two feet of ribbon to decorate their gifts, we could save 38,000 miles of ribbon? That’s enough to tie a bow around the whole planet!

2.Wrap creatively: Wrapping paper and gift bags aren’t the only way to wrap presents. Try using a different material that you already have around your house. Newspaper, sheet music, and old maps are fun choices and are much more unique than commercial wrapping paper. You could also use scarves, t-shirts, or other fabric to wrap gifts. That way, the wrapping could be a gift as well!

3.Buy a potted tree: Every year, nearly 33 million live trees are sold across North America. Considering how much paper that we waste, saving a tree is the least that we can do. Buy a potted tree this year instead of cutting one down. This way, after the holidays are over and it’s time to take down the decorations, you can plant the tree in your own backyard.

4.Regift: Around 35% of Americans have an unopened or unused gift collecting dust somewhere. Instead of taking up valuable space or throwing it away, find it a new home. If you don’t know of anyone who would like the gift, take it to a donation center. During the holidays, there are plenty of organizations collecting gifts for those who are less fortunate.

5.Gift sustainably: There are a number of small steps that you can take to make your gift a little bit more environmentally friendly. For example, if you’re giving a battery-powered gift, consider gifting a reusable battery charger along with it! If you’re giving someone something made from paper, like a journal, try to find one that’s made from recycled paper. Buying a handmade gift from a local shop or online store, or even making a gift yourself, can also help reduce waste, as these products are not mass-produced.

6.Go digital: About 2.6 billion cards are given to people every year. That amounts to just about 50,000 cubic yards of paper — enough to fill a football field 10 stories high! And no matter how sentimental they may be, they usually end up stashed away in a box or thrown away. Instead of paying for overpriced, wasteful cardstock, send an electronic greeting card for free!

7.Donate your leftovers: Holiday meals are usually big ordeals, and it’s always better to have too much than too little, but most of the time the leftovers are too much to handle. Instead of wasting perfectly good food, consider bringing your leftovers to a local homeless shelter. There are plenty of people who go hungry during the holidays, and your donation could make a world of difference to someone in need.

http://www.biggreenpurse.com/reduce-holiday-waste/

 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. 

Season’s Greetings

Paige

 


December 13, 2016
December 13 2016

Eco Construction, Green Materials, Low Consumption plus What You Need To Know

In today’s construction market, a much bigger emphasis is being paid to the types of building materials that are being used. If you are getting ready to have a building constructed, you may be interested in using eco-friendly construction instead of the regular methods that most builders use. What exactly should you expect from green construction practices?

Green Materials

One of the major factors that is used in this type of construction is green building materials. The materials that the buildings are made out of are either recycled, recycleable, or made from renewable resources. Many of the materials also have low amounts of chemicals or other items that could be harmful to the environment. For example, they might use laminate or vinyl flooring that is primarly made out of recycled materials.

Low Consumption

Another staple of eco-friendly construction is making a building that utilizes low consumption. Figuring out ways to minimize the amount of energy and the amount of water that the building uses is critical. The building may use boiler feed systems and other systems that are designed to limit the amount of water that is used. Some newer buildings use motion sensors to limit the amount of water that people use when they are washing their hands or using the bathroom.

There are also devices that can be installed to reduce the amount of electricity that the building used. For instance, some offices can have items installed that shut off the electricity to peripheral devices when they are not in use for an extended period of time. This has the potential to greatly save businesses a lot of money in energy costs.

Renewable Energy

In addition to saving money on energy consumption, it’s also a good idea to invest in renewable energy in some situations. For example, many businesses are investing in solar energy or wind energy for their buildings. This has the potential to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and other non-renewable sources of energy. By putting money into renewable sources of energy, it can help the business save a substantial amount of money on energy costs over the long-term.

With all of these strategies available, it’s no wonder that many construction projects are starting to become more eco-friendly. While not every business has the ability to invest in all of these things right away, every little bit can make a big difference to the environment later on.

Original Post By greenlivingguy

Each time we learn a few things that we can do to start making our homes Green helps everyone. If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.

 

Paige

 


December 5, 2016
December 5 2016

Going Green for Christmas

LED lights, natural decorations, and real trees are some great options:

Lights are key to just about any Christmas display and are one of the most popular decorations. In the past, some retailers have offered exchange events where you can bring in your old strands of Christmas lights with inefficient incandescent bulbs and exchange them for a coupon for a percentage off a new string of LED lights.

Despite some incandescent varieties still being on store shelves, moving towards LED is the way to go. While they cost a bit more upfront, the energy savings can really add up over the course of the holiday season. In addition to the energy and cost savings, LED lights last much longer, with some going as long as 25,000 hours, which is equivalent to 12 holiday seasons. Chances are a string of traditional incandescent bulbs won’t last nearly as long.

When it comes to buying decorations, source green-themed Christmas decorations in local stores. These can include recycled items such as eco-friendly Christmas crackers and fabric gift bags to reusable boxes made from sustainable bamboo. Other green items include fair-trade stockings, recycled wrapping paper, recycled glass or metal ornaments, or recycled party supplies.

Another option for decorations is to go back to nature. Rather than spending money on artificial Christmas decorations that won’t biodegrade, nature offers lots of beautiful mediums to decorate your home.

Other all-natural ideas include using popcorn, cinnamon sticks, bows, gingerbread, seasonal berries, organic fruit and vegetables, ivy and evergreen branches, pine cones, and painted eggshells. The great part about this is that many of these items can go right into your compost after the Christmas season is done.

When it comes to buying a Christmas tree, the real deal is always best. Not only do they help remove carbon from our air while growing, once our use for them is done, they can be chipped and turned in to mulch for gardeners. Real trees also support an industry of their own. Many cities collect Christmas Trees in early January to chip — providing all the decorations have been removed.

What about all of those Christmas cards? If you planned ahead for this year and saved some from years past, they can be put to many good uses. Many people cut them up to make gift tags, but if you’re especially crafty they can also be made into ornaments as well.

Buy homemade and local. These items may cost a little more than a plastic Santa that was shipped in from China, but check out the holiday craft fairs for handmade ornaments and other pieces that are created from natural materials. Many communities have wonderful events that  feature locally made crafts and decorations, and you can also find these items at local farmers markets. Locally produced crafts come in little or no packaging, which is another bonus in this season of excess.

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

 

 


November 29, 2016
November 29 2016

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Green Remodeling Projects With Major Aesthetic Appeal

These green home renovations have big design potential!

The following is a guest post by Erin Vaughan with Modernize.com

Click to view the full Coldwell Banker Post: http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/green-remodeling-projects-major-aesthetic-appeal/


November 22, 2016
November 22 2016

Why Go Green

Reasons That Going Green Makes Sense

There is a variety of reasons to go green, but most come back to supply and demand. We have a limited amount of resources available and more and more people using them up. If we want our future generations to enjoy the same standard of living we've experienced, we need to take action.

Green building is a great place to start, as buildings consume 14% of potable water, 40% of raw materials, and 39% of energy in the United States alone (according to the US Green Building Council). That's 15 trillion gallons of water and 3 billion tons of raw materials each year! If that's not enough to convince you, here are some other reasons to go green:

For The Environment

Want to make the world a better place? Implementing green practices into your home or office can help reduce waste, conserve natural resources, improve both air and water quality, and protect ecosystems and biodiversity.

For The Savings

Want to make your dollar go further? Green systems and materials reduce energy consumption, which in turn reduce your energy bills. They also increase asset value and profits and decrease marketing time; making your dollar go further for longer.

For Your Health

Want to live healthier? Green building isn't just good for the environment; it's also good for YOU. Sustainable design and technology enhance a resident's overall quality of life by improving air and water quality and reducing noise pollution. According to a 2006 study by the Center of the Built Environment, University of California, green office buildings improve productivity and employee satisfaction in the workplace.

There is an abundance of green service professionals and products are available to help you get started.

From: http://www.greenresourcecouncil.org/green-resources/why-go-green

Each time we learn a few things that we can do to start making our homes Green helps everyone. If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.

Paige

 


November 15, 2016
November 15 2016

15 Green Home Building Ideas - Continued

8. Energy Star Windows: Energy efficient windows labeled as ENERGY STAR windows are new player in window market and are much more energy efficient than normal windows. The ratings for these windows determine how energy efficient they will be. The lower the rating, the more energy efficient are your windows. The energy savings provided by these windows are enough to cover the added cost per window.

9. Rainwater Harvesting Systems and Tankless Water Heaters: Install a rainwater harvesting system while building your green home to collect rainwater from roofs and then storing it in a tank. The collected water can then be used for other purposes such as toilets and sprinkler systems. Rain barrels are one of the most common methods of rainwater harvesting being used today.

With tankless water heaters, you need not wait for the water to get heated. Tankless water heaters heat only that much water that is needed as it is passed through electric coil. This gives you twin benefits. Firstly, it eliminates excess energy costs as it heats up only that much amount of water that is needed and secondly, you can get ample storage place by eliminating the hot water tank.

10. Eco-Friendly Lighting: Both LED and CFL cost more upfront but use less energy and last longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. Since they offer significant cost savings in the long run, they can be ideal for your new green home.

11. Water Conserving Fixtures: Low flow faucets, toilets, showerheads are few of the ways that you can use while building a green home to conserve water. They can cut down on your water bills cost and make your home much more environment friendly. Apart from that, consider buying washing machines and dishwashers that give you same kind of cleaning and can save water and energy.

12. Programmable Thermostat: We all know that almost 50% of our energy consumption goes towards heating and cooling of our home. The simplest way to cut down this cost and reduce electricity bill is to install programmable thermostat. Your HVAC system will work when the thermostat reaches the designated temperature. Also, a slight 3-5 % of your energy bill can be saved if you can set your thermostat 1 degree down in the winter and up by 1 degree in the summer.

13. HVAC System: Buy a high efficiency, Energy Star rated HVAC system based on the design and construction of your house that will help you save energy and money. A HVAC system needs to be properly installed so that it could perform up to its full potential. Make sure ducts are short, straight and air tight. The ducts need to be professionally tested with the goal of under 10%  leakage.

14. Efficient Landscaping: Shady landscaping can protect your home from direct sunlight during the summer and allows more sunlight to reach your home through windows during the winter. Planting trees on southern and western side of your home can keep your home cooler as they will block sunlight from falling directly on your home and during the winter, when trees lose their leaves, they will allow more sunlight to reach your home.

15. Harness Geothermal Energy: Geothermal energy is known as energy from the earth. Geothermal energy requires more upfront investment but provide unlimited energy to heat and cool your home. During the winter season, geothermal heat pump uses the earth loop to extract heat from deep underground to your home’s HVAC system; in the summer season, heat is extracted from the air and moved back into the earth through loop system.

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

 http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/top-15-green-home-building-techniques-and-ideas.php

 


November 8, 2016
November 8 2016

15 Green Home Building Ideas

1. Location Location, Location: While buying property for yourself, take a note of couple of things that you must foresee before moving in. Firstly, avoid building west facing home. This will keep your home cool as it minimizes sun exposure. Secondly, avoid building home in environmentally sensitive locations such as earthquake or hurricane or flood prone areas. Thirdly, check if public transportation is easily available and local grocery shop is not that far away. This will help you avoid taking your own vehicle every time and will reduce your travel time.

2. Smaller is Better: A small home built with eco friendly techniques is going to have smaller environmental impact as against a large home. A house that is too large is likely to cost more to heat and cool. Try to keep the place manageable and cost effective. If you are planning to extend your family and bring in few relatives, you need to put proper resources and accommodation in place.

3. Energy Efficient Equipment: ENERGY STAR label on a piece of equipment states that particular product has been deemed as energy efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA). ENERGY STAR is becoming well known label and consumers today choose energy star appliances for their homes. These appliances offer significant cost and energy savings without compromising performance.

4. Proper Insulation: Insulation is one of the most important ting that you need to consider while building a green home. Heating and cooling account for 50% of your home’s energy consumption. Air leaks such as around windows, door and duct work is responsible for building’s heat loss. Don’t let heating and cooling of your interior spaces air go waste through improper insulation. Proper insulation will not only reduce your energy consumption but will bring down your electricity bills substantially.

5. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Reduce your need for buying new products that are not environment friendly. Reuse your old material such as wood floors, doors, windows in your next home. Recycled materials such as recycled glass, aluminium,  recycled tile, reclaimed lumber, recycled plastic can be used in green home building.

6. Use Sustainable Building Materials: If building a green home is your goal, then using environmentally or eco-friendly products should be on your list which can reduce the impact of construction on the environment. Each and every part of your house such as roofing material, building material, cabinets, counters and insulation to your flooring should be environmentally friendly. Use products such as reclaimed lumber, recycled plastic, recycled glass or natural products such as bamboo, cork and linoleum which are made of natural, renewable materials.

7. Install Solar Panels: Solar energy is clean and renewable source of energy. Solar panels are an emerging and hot technology for people who want to utilize the natural power all around us, the sun.  Solar panels may be expensive at first, but the long-term savings you can put into your pocket is a stunning example of the benefits of turning your life from black to green. The location of your house and the way you have constructed solar panels can determine how much power you can collect. By taking advantage of solar power you can bring down your energy consumption and supply excess energy, if any, to your utility company. Also, government grants, incentives and tax breaks are huge bonus to those who want to use solar power in their home

Continued next week.

If you are building a new home or thinking or renovating, 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

 


November 1, 2016
November 1, 2016

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Green Tech Ideas

Rooftop Wind Power

If you want to provide off-the-grid power for your own home, there's only been one solution: solar panels. Wind power is usually deployed on a utility-scale, in vast farms of mighty turbines that feed directly into the grid. That's a scale that helps explains why more than 10,000 MW of wind power were installed in the U.S. in 2009. Solar has always been the choice for homeowners who want to stop paying electricity bills and start generating their own juice.

But if wind can do big, it can also do small — and it does rooftops as well. The startup Windtronics is developing mini-wind turbines that can be installed on any flat root, either alone or in larger arrays. Each turbine measures about 6 ft. in diameter and looks like a large, circular window fan, but it can generate an average of 1,500 KW/h a year, with more or less depending on wind strength. And unlike utility-scale turbines, the Windtronic turbine contains no rotating gearbox to generate electricity, and is thus much quieter. In an ordinary wind turbine, the blades moves the gears, the gears turn a generator, and the generator creates electricity. With a Windtronics model, the blades are equipped with magnets at the tips and are enclosed in a wheel that contains coiled copper, so the entire turbine is an electric generator. That makes the Windtronics turbine silent — something your neighbors will appreciate.

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2030137_2030135_2021675,00.html

Taking action for the Environment  "Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. - Peter Marshall"

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

 


October 25, 2016
October 25 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.

Taken from: http://freshome.com/2013/06/21/10-mistakes-to-avoid-when-building-a-green-home/

Each time we learn a few things that we can do to start making our homes Green helps everyone. If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.

Paige

 

 


October 18, 2016
October 18, 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.

Please come back next week to read the final 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Green Home.

Contact Paige, your Green Kelowna Real Estate agent with your Real Estate questions.

 


October 11, 2016
October 11 2016

8 Ways to Make Your Halloween Green

1. Retro Costumes: Make your own using old clothes or items from thrift stores, or create a costume swap with family and friends to recycle costumes. Nearly 85 percent of store-bought costumes are discarded after one use!

2. Trick-or-Treat Collectors: Decorate and use household items to collect candy, such as buckets, bags or pillowcases. They can be inexpensively decorated and reused year after year.

3. Frightful Decor: Make your home festive by recycling or reusing common items. Scarecrows are a great, ecofriendly option, since they can be created using old jeans and shirts and stuffed with leaves from the yard. Another great idea is making ghost lanterns from milk jugs.

4. Burn off the Candy Calories: Trick-or-treat by walking around your neighborhood rather than driving.

5. Pumpkin Yummies: After carving your pumpkin, roast the seeds and use the pulp to make pumpkin pie or muffins rather than throwing it away.

6. Lighting up the Night: When it comes to Halloween lighting, solar is the greenest choice. Switching from old incandescent lighting to LED can also conserve energy and money, since LEDs last more than 100 times longer and cost 80% less!

7. Think Outside the Wrapper: Instead of candy, hand out reusable nonfood items that kids will love: whistles, glow sticks, stickers or other small toys.

8. See What May be Lurking: Use shake or crank flashlights that are mechanically powered rather than those that run on batteries.

And last, remember this Scary Safety Fact: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times as likely to be killed in a pedestrian accident on Halloween compared to all other days. Keep kids safe by providing adequate supervision during Halloween activities. Visit the CDC website for more Halloween safety tips

 This is just one thing that we may be able to 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

 


October 4, 2016
October 4 2016

Green Cleaning Tips for your Home

Every day uses for Hydrogen Peroxide!

Hydrogen peroxide: H202.  Odds are, you already have it in your house.  If not, you can pick it up at any grocery store or drug store for just a couple of dollars.  In fact, it’s one of the lowest-cost, handiest household supplies there is.  And you would be surprised at just how many ways you can use it for cleaning, hygiene, healing, style, and more.  I’m going to share some of my favorite ways to use it to get my home nice and clean. Be sure you are using the  3% solution.

Whiten Grout

Cleaning grout is not a fun household chore but the good new is DIY grout paste is AH-MAZE-ING. Mix hydrogen peroxide with baking soda and then spread it over your grout. Let is sit for about an hour and then use the rough side of a sponge to wipe away the grime. Voila!

Clean Mirrors

Do you hate the streaks that commercial cleaners leave on your mirrors?  According to a lot of people who use hydrogen peroxide for cleaning around the home, hydrogen peroxide makes a great no-streak cleaning agent for mirrors.  You can just spray it on and then wipe it down using paper towel.  It will get rid of any bathroom germs that have made a home on the glass too.

Disinfect Your Fridge

We all know you can use HP to disinfect a cut (ouch, I know) but did you know you can also use it to sanitize your refrigerator? Yup, that’s right! Just spray some inside (make sure the bottle you use is opaque) and let it soak for about ten minutes then wipe away the grime.

Looking for other ways to use this product as a green way to clean up your home? Here are TEN more:

  1.Whiten Laundry

 2.Clean Your Cutting Boards

 3.Add it to your dishwasher

 4.Clean Toilets (even if you have a septic!)

 5.Clean Children’s Toys

 6.Disinfect your dishrags and sponges

 7.Clean Doorknobs

 8.Wash your shower curtains

 9.Disinfect Countertops

 10.Clean Your Veggies

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.