Homes and Condo Mississauga

Save money green your home


Written by: Bilal Khan

As a resident of a suburban neighborhood in Toronto, I enjoyed the home my partner and I bought a few years ago. Moving from our small apartment in the city center to a spacious, detached house gave us the opportunity to distance ourselves from the "recently graduated and recently paid" lifestyle. We had enough space to receive and entertain people, and space where I could slide into a study area to focus on a private project. All this freedom would almost come to a standstill at the moment we found out that we were expecting our first child. The study room I had fallen in love with now began to become distant, because the thought of a daycare was haunting my nights. We were forced to ask ourselves the question, where do we see our family in 5 – 10 years? Are we moving to a larger house or are we renovating our existing place?

Should we go or should we stay?

Moving would give us space to expand our lives to accommodate our growing family. But it would also mean that more transit time at work would be added, a new and uncharted district would be moved and that the family and friends would retire. When I saw that our priorities changed from receiving and receiving friends to more time for the family, moving would completely isolate our friends, our support system that we had relied so much on. Renovation became the logical choice.

Of course, anyone who has had the experience of renovating their home would tell you that it can be a costly undertaking, especially if you strive to live in that house for a long time. We knew that thinking about longevity meant buying quality materials that are sustainable, sustainable and maintainable, as the house is passed on from generation to generation.

Making your home greener? Do not do it alone!

Fortunately, the Ontario government recently introduced discounts and subsidies for homeowners who opt for sustainable material choices for their renovation projects. These incentives can be used to upgrade your home to be more sustainable and energy efficient, to save on your energy bills and maintenance of your household in the long term; in other words, to make your home more sustainable. The program includes discounts for heating and air conditioning systems, windows, insulation and electrical applications just to name a few.

So if you live in an old house and you often wonder why it's cold in the living rooms, although the heating is really cranked up, it's because it's usually likely that the outside walls and windows are leaking and / or uninsulated allow, so that heat in the house can escape quickly. This is not sustainable!

Since this would always go home, at least in the near future, I realized that these government discounts and subsidies would remove a little financial burden in advance, but in the long term also affect the colossal energy bills that we as a household paid annually.

Find your incentive

Discounts can be assessed through the Green Ontario Fund a non-profit provincial agency in charge of reducing the pollution of greenhouse gases in buildings and industry to help meet Ontario's emission reduction targets. So by making a conscious decision to isolate my house and replace the old windows with powerful ones, I have not only had a positive impact on my energy bill, but also helped to meet Ontario's emission reduction targets and help us to work a low-carbon future – something that we all have to take part in.

I do not have a bit of private research anymore. In fact, my privacy has been completely violated by a two-month-old child, yet I feel fulfilled. I think they are right when they say that a child brings a positive change in your life. I can certainly see that change on my energy bill.

Bilal Khan: Architectural Designer

Bilal is currently working on SUSTAINABLE.TO through an internship as part of the diploma requirements for his Master of Architecture at Dalhousie University. His experience in the biomass sector and clean transport has shaped his career in thinking about sustainability as a system. Bilal is passionate about Urban Systems Design through architectural exploration and believes that the true value of design lies in improving individual and community life through sustainable urban interventions.

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