Toronto Real Estate
OLYMPIAN REPRESENTS BUYERS
Toronto Real Estate is beginning to change as more and more home buyers seek out sustainable and eco friendly real estate. Residents of Toronto are seeing a number of properties popping up around the city, and many of them are designed with eco features at the forefront.
As your Eco Realtor, I provide valuable information about:
... and much more, for environmentally conscious visitors to this site.
- eco homes
- energy efficient products and services
- green real estate
- sustainable living
Buyers Representative As your buyers agent you will want to know some important details about buying a home, especially if it is your first home, because you might be eligible for home rebates and grants.
Green Toronto Real Estate
If you want to be kind to the environment, then investing in green Toronto real estate is one way to do it.
Many builders are now taking environmental concerns into account when constructing houses, making it easier for home owners to source eco friendly homes.
This makes it easy to go green, which is a major factor for many home owners. Most of us want to be kind to the environment, as long as we can do it easily.
Choosing Green Real Estate
So, what do you look for in Toronto real estate if you are trying to be eco-friendly?
Canada has joined the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program which comes from the US. LEED is a building program that promotes the construction of energy efficient homes.
New homes can also qualify for an Energy Star rating.
This rating is often seen on appliances, but can also apply to different areas of the home, such as windows and doors.
Energy Saving Construction
Look out for homes that provide shade in summer but still allow the sun to shine through in winter.
Using windows with an Energy Star rating can reduce the amount of heat loss from the home. Since heating the home costs most Canadians about $1200 a year, you can make a considerable saving this way.
Using more efficient insulation during construction cuts down on heating bills. Tankless boilers which heat only the water that is needed can also save on energy costs.
Saving Energy Inside The Home
When buying real estate in Toronto, look inside the home as well.
Using showers instead of baths cuts water consumption, and installing low flush toilets saves water, too.
If your new home has built in appliances, then check to see if they are Energy Star rated.
Fridges, dishwashers and washing machines are ranked by energy efficiency and it's another way to save.
Some builders are participating in schemes to build whole developments of green homes, so this is a good place to start when looking for an eco-friendly house. Feel free to contact me about green Toronto real estate to get started.
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