Going green at home

You may have already started to make your home more sustainable insmall ways, such as replacing your incandescent bulbs with compactfluorescents.

You may have already started to make your home more sustainable in small ways, such as replacing your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents.

But if you are planning a renovation, big or small, here are some great planet-friendly ideas from the My Planet program, courtesy of the Air Miles Reward Program.

Install a programmable thermostat

This allows you to better control the temperature in your house. For example, instead of having the furnace run all day long when no one’s home, you can set the thermostat at a lower temperature between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. — saving energy and thus greenhouse gas emissions.

Use green products
Eco-friendly construction not only helps create a better outdoor environment, it can also contribute to a healthier indoor environment for you and your family by using products that contain fewer harmful chemicals.

Use paints that are lowest in VOCs
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemical compounds that vaporize into the atmosphere. Natural paints and finishes, which give off little odour or fumes, are made from natural raw ingredients such as water, plant oils and resins. Because they give off fewer chemicals, natural paints are better for your health, and especially for babies and children, and better for the environment. Allergies or sensitivities to these paints are less and are the safest for you and for the environment.

 
 
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