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Clean and renewable energy has been a hot topic throughout the world in recent years. Fortunately for British Columbia residents, the province has taken a step towards providing clean energy. The following excerpt is from CBC News:

The federal and B.C. governments have issued an environmental assessment certificate to B.C. Hydro for the Site C Clean Energy Project, located seven kilometres southwest of Fort St. John.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the B.C. forest and environment ministers said they had decided that Site C, a proposed $8-billion hyrdoelectric dam on the Peace River in Northern B.C. is in the public interest and that the benefits provided outweigh the risks of significant adverse environmental, social and heritage impacts.

In light of this news, people who have recently purchased homes for sale in Fort St. John, BC can support this green movement by making a few changes around their new home. Some of these include:

Energy-efficient systems

Clean energy wouldn’t be very effective if your home has energy vampires. Old heating or air conditioning systems should be switched out with their more energy-efficient counter parts as soon as possible, for example. The same should be done with your windows. Apart from saving on energy, you also get to save hundreds of dollars on your heating and cooling bills. On a side note, to save money and energy with your existing heating or cooling systems install a programmable thermostat. With a programmable thermostat you can save money and energy without even having to remember to adjust your home and away settings.

Solar panels

Although installation can be a bit pricey, solar panels practically pay for themselves. In fact, experts claim you can make thousands of dollars every year by selling electricity back to BC Hydro. Consult with BC Hydro for the exact requirements.

Relocate your refrigerator

Since your refrigerator is meant to keep things cool, it has no business being next to machines that produce heat. This is because your refrigerator has to use extra energy to battle the heat produced by it’s neighbouring appliance. Move your refrigerator to a new location if it’s next to your stove or dishwasher. This will save you money and potentially make your fridge last longer and add value to your home when it comes time to sell. Homes with the fridge and stove side by side look dated as modern kitchen design always have the appliances separated.

These are only some of the things you can do to make your home a little greener. If you have yet to purchase one the many beautiful Fort St. John, BC homes for sale, try looking for homes that already have green measures installed. Be sure to mention what green features you are looking for to a respected REALTOR® like Scott Sauer to make your search a little easier.

(Source: Site C dam granted environmental assessment approval; CBC News; October 14, 2014)

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