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Save the World in 4 Easy Steps

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Looking for ways to make a difference in the world? You’re not alone. Check out this video and keep reading. Like Rainforest Certified says, we can’t all do what this guy does.  You don't have to quit your job, give up electronic devices and move to a remote area to live a clean, green and healthy life. But you can do smaller things that truly make a big difference. We promise, each of these 4 green habits will reduce your carbon footprint, while increasing your quality of life.

 

  1. Live in a green home. This one is easy. We’ll do all the work for you- all you have to do is show up. What does a green home mean to us? It means preserving trees, using high performance ventilation systems, superior insulation and windows and energy-efficient appliances. The best part is that our green standards serve to benefit you and your family in addition to the environment.  We’re talking about a beautiful green landscape outside your door, fresh, clean air indoors and money saved on utility bills. This is the just the start of green features in your new Sean home. Find out what else we have in store for you here.

  2. Save energy for a happier wallet.  There are a few adjustments you can make at home to lower the impact you make on the environment, and your bank account. This is a big one because Canadian's energy consumption in the home has the largest impact on our carbon footprint. Try setting your thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter and a few degrees higher in the summer to offset costs and consumption. Unplug appliances when you’re not using them and consider buying a “smart” power bar that cuts energy use when appliances are off. Check all your light bulbs to ensure they are compact florescent or LED. Finally, make sure you replace the clean air filter in your furnace once per month to reduce the energy needed to heat your home.

  3. You are what you eat. The food we put on our dinner table also has an impact on the environment and climate change. You can offset these negative impacts by choosing to eat locally grown food and reducing your intake of meat and dairy. You should also encourage your family to reduce waste by eating leftovers or making smaller portions. You can also start your own home garden to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs. 

  4. Pack your environmental ethics. When it’s vacation time, don’t leave your green habits at home. Here are a few simple steps you can take to travel sustainably. Before you leave, unplug all appliances and set your water heater to “vacation mode.” While you are away, be sure to reuse hotel towels and bedding, carry a reusable water bottle and eat local foods whenever possible. You can even offset your carbon emissions during your flight by using your Aeroplan Miles. You can read more about that here.

 

That seems relatively painless, right? What do you do around the house to live a green, health and happy life? We would love to hear from you. Tweet us or join the conversation on Facebook.

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