As more and more people become environmentally conscious, many are looking for green real estate in Barrie. At some point in time we may see all homes equipped with solar panels and wind energy, but at this point there are small things you can do to make your home into a more environmentally friendly Think Green place to live.

Here are some tips you can use right away to start saving energy in your home

1. Check for drafts

Take a walk through your home from one end to the next on all floors. Note where any drafts are coming in and resolve to handle them. You can be sure that in the winter you are losing heat and in the summer your air conditioning is being wasted.

In most cases you will find drafts around the windows and the doors. This does not mean that you have to replace your doors and windows, since in most cases all it takes is a new seal to stop the drafts. If you have a handyman available in your area, call him up and ask him to check the seals. If you don’t already have a handyman, you can find one for a reasonable price in the classified ads in your local paper or on the Internet.

2. Check your taps

If you have any leaking faucets in your home this is literally sending your hard-earned money down the drain. Again, you will not need the resources of an expensive plumber in your area to get these fixed since it is usually only a simple gasket change that is required. A handyman can handle this job for you as well.

3. Let the sun shine in

Make use of the sunshine that is available by opening your blinds or curtains in every room that is exposed to the sun. You’ll find that you’ll be able to turn down the heat by a degree or two in the winter to save energy. Sunshine will also help keep your mood uplifted during these darker months and is good for your plants.

Throughout the years you will be seeing changes as home developers in Barrie start to implement more green changes in building construction. At this point in time, however, it is important for everyone to step up and take responsibility for the changes that they can implement right now. As a bonus, you’ll also end up saving money in the process.

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