Tips for sustainable living at home

Becoming the world's greenest city will require everyone's cooperation, from the highest levels of government to individual residents.

Here are some impactful changes you can make in your home that will help make Vancouver, cleaner, greener, and healthier for all of us.

First, reduce your energy use

Heating your home consumes about half of your total household energy. By lowering your thermostat, draft proofing your home, adding insulation, and ensuring your heating system is working efficiently, you can save big, while reducing your footprint.

Visit EfficiencyBC  to learn about effective ways to lower the energy demands of your house, as well as find out about available cash incentives. Call a home energy coach for free at 1-844-881-9790.

Transition to renewable energy appliances 

Most homes in Vancouver burn fossil fuels for a variety of functions such as space heating and hot water, for cooking, and for decorative purposes. This generates considerable greenhouse gas emissions.

In BC, we have access to electricity generated primarily from renewable energy sources. You can learn more about our strategy to achieve 100% renewable energy in all buildings before 2050.

If your furnace, boiler, hot water heater, gas fireplace, or gas cooktop is reaching the end of its life, consider replacing these appliances with low-emissions, electrically operated equivalents.

Heat pumps for space heating and cooling

A heat pump is an appliance that moves heat in and out of your home using electricity. It has the ability to both heat and cool your house for year-round comfort, and there is a wide range of heat pumps to either supplement or fully replace your existing heating system.

High efficiency electric hot water systems

Heat pump hot water heaters are incredibly efficient, and electric coil water heaters are a simple replacement for fuel-based hot water tanks.

Electric vehicles and solar panels

Electric vehicle and solar panel technologies continue to improve both in performance in price. These products can be an effective addition towards a zero-emissions home lifestyle.

Ready to renovate?

Visit build or renovate a house to learn about the permits and process needed for a successful home renovation.

Limit the amount of material sent ot the landfill

The Greenest City target for 2020 is to decrease the amount of waste going to the landfill or incinerator by 50%. You can help, by reducing what you throw away.

When shopping, be mindful of what will end up in the landfill. Choosing products with less packaging, buying higher-quality products (or second-hand products), and bringing reusable shopping bags with you can help reduce waste.

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Reduce your water consumption

By 2020, Vancouver will reduce per capita water consumption by 33% from 2006 levels. Help the City meet this target. Learn more on how to be water wise every day.

Shop local to reduce your carbon footprint

You can reduce greenhouse gasses just through shopping locally. Locally produced products travel a significantly shorter distance to the consumer, reducing fuel consumption.

When you choose local, organic food, you help reduce the use of environmentally-harmful pesticides. You can also choose to eat at restaurants that are part of the Green Table Network. This network of restaurants adheres to a set of high environmental standards.

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Home renovation rebates

Learn about rebates offered to homeowners to lower energy bills, reduce environmental impact and access rebates to offset renovation costs.