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Here’s a great way to save energy (and cash): invest in a smart power strip. Vampire power is a real thing. Many things that stay plugged in all day – like your TV, computer and toaster oven – keep using energy even when they’re turned off. This vampire – or standby – power means that electricity is being leaked and wasted. Smart power strips prevent this.
My townhomes in Barrie are ENERGY STAR qualified homes with EnerGuide ratings of 84, 85 and 86. This means they include ENERGY STAR appliances. Anything with the ENERGY STAR rating is efficient and good for the environment. Their appliances are high-performance and use less energy, saving money on operating costs.
Excitingly again this year, Sean Homes was nominated for an EnerQuality award: the ENERGY STAR for New Homes Builder of the Year (Mid-Volume). The EnerQuality awards recognize “leaders, influencers and innovators in the residential green building and construction industry in Ontario.”
The first phase of our Barrie community has been a complete success. With construction complete, all the neighbours have moved in. The built community looks great and we’re so proud to see it coming to life. Welcome to all the new homeowners.
The evolution of Sean Homes thus far has been a journey that I’m extremely proud of. From conceptualization to preview opening, there have been many challenges I’ve faced – such as my re-zoning efforts over the summer – which have all been overcome. Sean Homes is all about forward-thinking development, and this type of development can only be achieved with the buy-in and cooperation from multiple stakeholders. I’ve committed myself to building a pedestrian-friendly, healthy, active community in the heart of Barrie, and I’m excited (and thankful) that this will become a reality. I’ve always said that if builders and municipal agencies work together instead of at opposite sides of the table we can build better homes for the people who really matter – the people who live there.
As I often state, the environment is a big deal to me – because a green home is a better, healthier home for you and your family. I extend this philosophy to the actual construction of the home, as I’ve alluded to in the past. Aside from lowering energy consumption, and aiding in your families water conservation efforts, I also use alternative building materials with lower VOC levels whenever I can. VOC is short for volatile organic compounds, which are carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature.
Canadian water use has grown by 25% over the past two decades, and shows no sign of stopping any time soon as our population continues to swell. The Great Lakes – the planet's largest continuous body of fresh water – faces a growing demand from industry, power plants, farms and urban sprawl. Considering that less than 1% of the planet’s water supply is available for human use, water consumption/conservation is becoming an extremely important issue – because what each of us does in the world can make a difference.
I recently updated my website with a full site plan, which you can now see once you register. As you’ll instantly notice there are seven different home styles for you to choose from – each with a different layout to fit your lifestyle. Fresh, Comfort, Savvy, Active, Smooth, Cool and Shift all range in size from 1276–1692 sq. ft. They also start at just $224,990, which is an amazing price when compared to other homes of this size/quality.
While reading the news this week, one particular article really hit home for me – and it really bothered me. This week, I want to talk about greenhouse gas. According to recent research, we’ve hit a record high of carbon dioxide emissions – the highest rate we’ve seen in 30 years. It’s hard to turn a blind eye from this and we can no longer plead ignorance when it comes to global warming. With these facts in mind, the chilling truth is that we are reaching a point of no return. Soon, we will have damaged our planet beyond repair.