We’ve all heard of the term carbon footprint before… but what exactly does it mean? According to the New York Times, A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come from the production, use and end-of-life of a product or service.” They also state that the build of an individual’s carbon footprint will come mainly from transportation, housing and food. Fortunately we are here to give you tips on how you can reduce your carbon footprint, at least from a housing perspective!

Don’t follow the heard

If you simply mimic others’ choices, you probably won’t be reducing your carbon footprint anytime soon. Every person has different values, beliefs and concerns. Hence, not everyone’s focus is on energy efficiency, sustainability or anything related to the preservation of our environment. In this case, rather than updating your home with windows and doors based on popular demand, you should be choosing the ones that reflect your consciousness for our environment.

Unplug rarely-used devices

Granted, technological devices have become a big part of our everyday routine. The fact of the matter is that these devices are not all constantly being used. The Government of Canada recommends we unplug all of our electronic devices when they are not being used. This will easily translate to a 5 to 10% cut in your electricity bill…and every little bit counts!

Overall awareness and consciousness

Bear in mind that the easy way out is usually the most expensive way. That being said, there are definitely a number of affordable ways to make your home more cost and energy efficient! For example, invest in a programmable thermostat to make sure you aren’t overusing your heater or air conditioning. Also, you will want to properly insulate your home with the right caulking and weather stripping. This will help reduce air entering or escaping through leaks and cracks. And of course, there are all the little things to keep in mind i.e. shutting the lights, taking shorter showers, closing your windows and doors while the heating or air conditioning is turned on etc.