Home Sustainability Assessment

13 February, 2010 at 10:29 pm Leave a comment

I decided to host a home sustainability assessment in the lead-up to the sustainable living festival and invite all my neighbours. Eight people came along, including six neighbours I had never met before. Larissa Nicholls, a local sustainability consultant, talked to us about

  • how to use less energy in our homes, save on power bills, and be more comfortable
  • how free home sustainability assessments work (courtesy of the Green Loans program)
  • what owners AND renters can do

For me the really fun part was finding out how to turn down my water heater. Our unfortunately electric water heater is the culprit behind a good half of our electricity bills. Despite the dire warnings that only electricians should meddle with our water heater, with a simple turn of a dial we were able to reduce the temperature from above 80 degrees down to 60 degrees. That should reduce our energy use significantly and the water temperature is perfectly fine for washing dishes. We just don’t have to use as much cold water in the shower now.

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