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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April 25, 2017
April 25 2017

Green Renovations — Bathrooms Renovations

Bathroom renovations are some of the most popular home improvement projects in Canada. They also offer some of the best opportunities to add green features that can significantly improve the environmental performance of your home.

For instance, up to 75 per cent of the water used in most Canadian homes is used in the bathroom. Simply replacing older faucets, showerheads and toilets with more water-efficient fixtures can help you save thousands of litres of water a year, and dramatically reduce the amount of energy needed for water heating.

Figure 1: A healthy and efficient bathroom


1.Improved insulation where feasible.

2.Low-emission cements, grouts, sealants and caulking.

3.Low-emission, low-maintenance and durable flooring.

4.Low-emission cabinets.

5.Sealed pipe penetrations (even in interior partitions).

6.Insulated cold and hot water pipes.

7.Restricted-flow taps with aerators.

8.Energy-efficient lighting.

9.Low-emission countertop.

10.Water-saving toilet.

11.Energy-efficient windows.

12.Low-flow showerhead.

13.Mold- and moisture-resistant materials, finishes and surfaces.

14.Low-VOC or no-VOC paint.

15.Exhaust fan to vent moisture and odors to the outside.

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We can all do our part for the planet.  Sustainability in our homes is a perfect place to start!  Call Paige Guernsey on her direct line at 250-862-6464 for your green housing questions today!

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April 18, 2017
April 17 2017

April 22 is Earth Day

For 2017, we're promoting EarthPLAY for Earth Day! We'll be reaching out to people across the country, throughout the month of April, in a push to get everyone outside - playing and connecting to nature. Stay tuned for announcements on upcoming campaigns and events!

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If you have questions about Green Real Estate call me directly 250-862-6464. Kelowna’s Green Real Estate Agent.




April 11, 2017
April 11 2017

Remodel Project: Outdoor Add-Ons

A Good Design Can Have High Utility and Low Environmental Impact

Use Durable Materials

Improving outdoor living spaces can bring many rewards to homeowners, not least of which is a closer connection to natural surroundings. Landscaping and gardening don’t have to be expensive, but remember that durable and green materials are key when building for the outdoors.

Outdoor rooms increase a home's livability

 Appealing outdoor spaces can relieve pressure on a home's interior. For example, a covered porch may reduce the need for enlarging indoor entertainment areas. An outdoor kitchen can help lower cooling bills in warmer weather. Outdoor designs can include conversion plans for year-round use later.

Take a whole-yard approach

 New outdoor surfaces can reflect their intended use--a paved area for extra parking or a basketball court; grass or other soft surfaces for a family's children. Attention is often focused on creating a private retreat in the backyard, but making the most of the front yard and a wraparound porch can enhance a sense of community.

Assessing existing conditions can help guide the project.

 How can older trees, vegetation and natural habitats be protected? Will new features block sunlight in the house? Will new outdoor features affect water management on the site or contribute to drainage problems? Could an existing carport or breezeway be incorporated into the project?

Consider the lay of the land

 Generally, strategies should be aimed at maintaining adequate slope away from the house for drainage, minimizing the heat-island effect, minimizing outdoor water use and encouraging outdoor activities.

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April 4, 2017
April 4 2017

So how can you go green this Easter?

When it comes to major holidays like Easter you should be thinking reduce, reuse, and recycle. Why not go green this Easter?  You might be wondering how much impact a few little Easter baskets can have on the environment. But if you think about how much food, plates, and utensils you also use to put on a big family Easter feast and consider that many families across the world are doing similar, or consider that your local grocery store is not the only store with a wall of Easter candy packaged in plastics and foil… 

Here is some ways to go Green this Easter

A.Easter baskets:

  • Reuse your Easter baskets
  • If you need to an Easter basket, find one at your local Goodwill or thrift shop.
  • Don’t limit yourself to baskets! You can make them out of candleholders, felt, fabric, coffee cans, and cardboard boxes.

 B. Inside the Easter basket:

While plastic eggs to hold candy are the traditional Easter basket filler, they aren’t very ecofriendly. Try making your own candy holder. Learn how to make a cute recycled Easter bunny candy holder here with a toilet paper roll! If your feeling really crafty, you can even make an origami bunny to hold tiny treats like shown in this image.  Still want eggs inside your Easter baskets? Reuse old eggs around your house or from Goodwill. Eggs can also be made out of  wood with felt, scrap fabric, recycled materials like plastic water bottles, and scrap strings like yarn, twine, thread, etc.

C. Don’t buy the plastic Easter grass!

You can reuse the grass from the year before but if you don’t have any, you can use other alternatives like shredded newspaper of magazine clippings, green yarn, green playsilk. Shredding leftover green tissue paper would be convenient!

D. Dying Easter eggs:

This year dye your eggs naturally by making your own dye. Think of the foods that always stain your clothes…like beets, blackberries, tea, and grape juice.  Here is some additional suggestions for dying your eggs

•Blue: blueberries, boiled red cabbage leaves, grape juice

*Purple: grape juice, violet blossoms and lemon juice, or red zinger tea

•Green: boiled spinach leaves

•Yellow: boiled orange or lemon peels, or chamomile tea

•Brown: coffee or black tea

•Orange: boiled yellow onion skins, chili powder or paprika

•Pink: beets, cranberries or raspberries

•Red: lots of boiled red onion skins, or pomegranate juice

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

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March 28, 2017
March 28 2017

Food scraps: fuelling the future

Imagine this: you’re at home, diligently putting your stale pizza into your organic waste bin. Along comes the green waste collection truck to pick up your food scraps.

Now the truck takes your organic waste and delivers it to a processing facility, where it’s turned into biogas. It’s further refined to become renewable natural gas and injected into FortisBC’s natural gas system, for use by all customers. This means FortisBC buys less natural gas from conventional sources.

Renewable natural gas is a sustainable, locally made, carbon neutral energy. And it can be used to heat homes and businesses, and to fuel vehicles—like waste collection trucks.

Guess what? It’s happening. We’re doing it.

The truck that picks up your stale pizza will actually run on fuel made from your old food scraps.

“It’s not quite like Back to the Future, when Doc Brown was fuelling the DeLorean time machine by putting banana peels into the vehicle,” says Colton Aston, a FortisBC energy solutions manager working on renewable natural gas projects.

“There’s a lot of processing and refining needed for the food scraps to become high-quality natural gas. But yes, the City of Surrey is going to be producing renewable natural gas with their organic waste, and they’ll also be a renewable natural gas customer.”

That’s called a ‘closed loop’, and the City of Surrey is working with FortisBC to make this vision a reality in 2017

The City’s goal is to produce 120,000 gigajoules (GJ) of renewable natural gas per year, which will be injected into FortisBC’s system. At the same time, their CNG-fuelled curbside waste collection fleet—and other innovative projects planned for the future—will use renewable natural gas.

“The City of Surrey was one of the first municipalities to use CNG to fuel their green waste hauling fleet, which significantly reduced their greenhouse gas emissions,” says Colton. “Now they’re taking green innovation to the next level by building a facility to convert organic waste into renewable natural gas—creating local, sustainable energy and further lowering their overall greenhouse gas emissions.”

The Surrey Biofuel Facility is currently under construction near the Golden Ears Bridge, and will be operational in early 2017.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this initiative,” Colton says. “We really wanted to help the City of Surrey bring their vision to life, so we got creative and worked hard to adapt our model for their needs.

“It’s a real customer service success story, and it’s great to be part of something so visionary that touches so many people. The entire city of Surrey will be helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, just by separating their food scraps from their garbage.”

That’s right: you and your stale pizza are helping to make the world a greener place.

That’s energy at work.


 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. 

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March 21, 2017
March 21 2017

Celebrate Earth Hour

March 25, 2017 at 8:30pm

We love this planet. That's why each Earth Hour we make as noise as possible for action on climate change.


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. 

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March 14, 2017
March 14 2017

Welcome to Green in the City, a Lush rooftop garden overlooking Tel Aviv


Tel Aviv's rooftop farm grows fresh food for thousands

Located above the Dizengoff shopping center, this urban farm uses hydroponics to grow vegetables rapidly and organically.

The Dizengoff Center is a vast shopping mall in central Tel Aviv, Israel. Built in the 1970s, the towering concrete structure doesn’t look like much, but when you step inside, a wonderful sight will meet your eyes.

There is a vegetable stand just inside the door, built of wood and packed with bags of fresh, wet leafy greens and herbs. It is an anomaly in the midst of fast-fashion outlets and food courts, better suited for a traditional farmers’ market, but this humble little vegetable stand has become a great success. It relies on the honor system, trusting shoppers to leave the correct change and take what they want. (Eighty percent of shoppers do so.) The vegetables sell out so quickly that the stand has to be restocked four times daily.

What makes these vegetables really special, though, is that they’re grown on the roof of the Dizengoff shopping center. As part of a project called ‘Green in the City,’ or Yarok Bair in Hebrew, an urban rooftop farm has been established over the past year. It comprises two commercial greenhouses, totaling 750 square meters (over 8,000 square feet) of growing space, as well as an educational area where citizens can learn urban farming techniques and cooking skills relevant to the vegetables they grow. The organization sells hydroponics units for home use and teaches people how to use them.

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  All it takes is some innovative thinking 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.




March 7, 2017
March 7 2017

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.

An abundance of green service professionals and products are available to help you get started.

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.




February 28, 2017
February 28, 2017

Kitchens Use Lots of Energy and Water, But a Green Kitchen Uses Less

 Design considerations can save resources

 Green materials choices for cabinetry, countertops, finishes, and flooring are all available, and replacing older energy-hogging appliances and fixtures with newer, more efficient models can significantly reduce utility bills. There are also opportunities for making plumbing runs shorter, which can reduce costs and make hot water delivery more efficient. And finally, keep in mind that a smaller kitchen will be greener than a gargantuan one.

Plan carefully for the busiest room in the house

The easiest way to keep a kitchen remodel green is to keep its size reasonable. Most people use a kitchen for work space, food storage, entertaining, and dining. Take time to understand how you really use the kitchen and its adjacent spaces, and how you’d like that to change. Would an office hutch help control clutter? What about a prep sink in an island? How these wants and needs work together is how efficient space planning happens.

Look at what’s working, and what’s not

What sort of problems result from the existing layout? Is there a bottleneck in traffic patterns? Is there too little countertop near the stove, fridge, or sink? Are the appliances too far from each other? What about comfort issues -- are the windows too cold to sit in front of? Are there cold spots and drafts along outside walls? Does the vent hood actually remove polluted air to the outside or is it vented into an attic or back into the room? Do the pipes leak? These fixes must be part of the renovation.

How does the kitchen remodel tie in to other projects you’ve got planned?

For example, the scope of a kitchen remodel might not include the insulation and air sealing the walls, roof, and foundation of the rest of the house, but if the building is extremely leaky, you’d be hard pressed to call any kitchen remodel green without addressing the energy-wasting problems first.

A better kitchen isn’t necessarily a bigger one

If you can refrain from adding more space to the kitchen, either with an addition or re-working interior space, you’ll spend less money and use fewer resources. Of course, adding in is always greener than adding on.

It’s often tempting to make a kitchen bigger and to add more bells and whistles— a second dishwasher, a larger refrigerator, a wine chiller, etc. These features should be carefully weighed against space requirements, energy use, and water use. Even more difficult may be decisions about storage—including countertop space for everyday appliances and concealed storage for small appliances and dry goods.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

 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



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.

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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.




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




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.