What you need to know to make your home more environmentally friendly

Whether it’s to build, decorate, furnish, maintain or renovate it, a home requires considerable material and energy resources.

Each of these potential actions risks generating even more waste and pollution. But where there is potential overconsumption, there is usually an alternative. This topic is broad, and this year, we’ve decided to focus on two particular aspects of household waste reduction: energy efficiency and water consumption.

These are two important issues that need to be thoroughly explored.

Energy efficiency means implementing some measures or using certain tools that help reduce the amount of energy consumed without changing anything in the use of a product. For example, you can change your standard 60-watt light bulb for a 10-watt LED light bulb. By doing this, you would reduce by at least 6 times the energy your light fixture uses, but it would light up as much as before—so much so that it would be almost impossible to tell the difference. This is just one of the simple ways in which the principle of energy efficiency is applied. There are tons of opportunities to implement energy efficiency in our homes, such as temperature control, proper use of household appliances, water consumption, etc.

We invite you to discover some of the strategies to improve your home’s energy efficiency and also learn more about the incentives and subsidies offered for energy efficiency in Quebec.

We invite you to do the same for water consumption. Whether in the kitchen, the bathroom or outside, remember the basics to reduce your consumption of blue gold!