Toronto is a green city. It is one of the most innovative cities in the world when it comes to making sustainable efforts, and it’s quite noticeable throughout the city’s increased standards for eco-friendly buildings. They have an incredible amount of LEED-certified buildings in downtown Toronto, which is the global standard of environmentally responsible real estate design, and have an incredible amount of tree cover throughout the city that makes Toronto’s air the amazing quality that it is. Going green all starts in the home, and if you want to up your home’s sustainability efforts, we have found some of the best ways to renovate your home to match the city’s green standards of living.
1. Update the insulation
Upgrading your home’s insulation can be a wonderful way of being eco-friendly as well as reducing the costs that it may take to keep your home cool when you need it to be cool or nice and warm when the Canadian winter hits. Insulation is a perfect way of making sure that the weather outside does not disturb your day, and you can lose about 40% of your home’s natural heat if you do not have high-quality insulation in place. This should ideally be something you optimise any time you are looking to renovate your home and make it more eco-friendly.
2. Eco-friendly paint
If you want to change the look of your home but would rather avoid the chemical fumes that could harm the environment, there are plenty of eco-friendly paint options to choose from that perform amazingly, are long-lasting and deliver a high-quality finish while maintaining a clean and crisp air. These paints have a lower rate of VOCs, or volatile organic chemicals, which will help you avoid the long-term negative health effects of traditional paints used in the home that will stay long after the paint has dried.
Not only is natural lighting one of 2021’s most popular home trends, it is also amazing for making your home more green. As you use up less artificial lighting, your health improves and as does your home’s eco-friendliness. Open up your home through skylights, windows and sun tunnels that can be incredibly beneficial to open up a space, reduce your electricity bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Additionally, ensure that your windows are double and triple-glazed windows to avoid heat transferring into your home.
4. Wood-burning stove
Not only are wood-burning stoves an absolutely stunning way of adding quaint detail to a room, they can also help keep an area warm without the need to turn on the heat. Avoid open fireplaces as those have the highest likelihood of harming the air of an environment, and instead opt for a modern wood-burning stove. Burning wood is considered a sustainable way of keeping your house warm, and it will certainly act as a wonderful detail to have in a modern home.
For further tips on how you can personally increase the eco-friendliness of your home, be sure to contact our team at LivMor Developments. We can ensure that you uphold the city’s green standard and help you in having a smarter, greener development for your home.