EnerQuality Green Building conducted a survey of the GTA & Ottawa areas in October 2010, in order to capture a glimpse into consumer attitudes and behaviour when it comes to energy efficiency and the idea of ‘green’. Their findings were interesting to say the least;
- 88% of those surveyed valued energy efficiency when making their new home purchase
- Cost savings was the #1 reason cited for why energy efficiency is important, especially among first time home buyers.
- 37% were in fact already purchasing Energy Efficient Certified Home
With this in mind, it goes without saying that the demand for more energy efficient homes have risen considerably since, and so with it the push from our local governments towards a more sustainable future. In Ontario, we are a bit behind the curve and builders who offer Green Certifications are not as plentiful as other provinces or forward thinking states in the U.S. However, it’s important to remember that even the smallest of steps taken can contribute to the overall success of energy savings and sustainable living.
Whether you are buying and renovating, or undertaking a new building project, there are so many options and ways in which you too can contribute to the movement towards sustainable living! For more information, click on the links below.
What is Green or Sustainable Living?
Green Renovations & Rebates
What is EnergyStar?
EnerGuide Home Evaluations
HELP Home Energy Loan Program
The international ENERGY STAR® symbol is a simple way for consumers to identify products that are among the most energy-efficient on the market. Only manufacturers and retailers whose products meet the ENERGY STAR® criteria can label their products with this symbol. Typically, order an ENERGY STAR® certified product is in the top 15 to 30 percent of its class for energy performance.
ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient is an annual designation awarded to the best of the best: it identifies models that rank at the very top of ENERGY STAR® certified models in select product categories in the current calendar year. To see the list of products designated, store click HERE
Saving energy not only saves you money it also reduces your impact on the environment. To see a full list of ENERGY STAR® certified models, click HERE