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We have put together some ideas to help you make your Atlantic Canadian home more environmentally conscious.

Here are some great ideas that you and your family can incorporate around your home and garden to reduce your impact on the environment:

Looking to update your deck, fence or siding this spring/summer? Refresh your space with an eco-friendly paint or stain. Look for a product with low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC), gas emitted from a solid or liquid which can contain a variety of chemicals. Low VOC’s mean cleaner air quality and reduced ozone pollution.

For a full list of low VOC paint and stain available at KENT visit:

Let it air dry! Besides the smell of fresh air on your clothing, line drying your garments has the added benefit of reducing the amount of energy you consume, saving you money and your impact on the environment. Drying your clothes outside can also be gentler on your clothing, providing you more time with them and less waste in landfills.

Avoid using the dryer on those beautiful, breezy, East Coast days:

Energy efficient lightbulbs use anywhere to 25-80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last 3-25 times longer. Consider replacing your bulbs with Halogen Incandescent, light emitting diodes (LED) or compact fluorescent lamps (CFL).

Go solar! A cost-effective alternative to traditional methods, solar is a source of renewable energy that uses the power of the sun to charge a battery during the day which can light up your home at night. This process does not require any other form of energy, eliminates concerns of power outages and typically uses long lasting LED bulbs.

Cost effective and eco-friendly, consider energy efficient and solar lighting options for your next project:

Reduce, reuse recycle. Before throwing anything in the trash bin, consider how each item can be used, or reused, when you are finished with it. When we recycle, we reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and lend to the practice of using recycled materials in manufacturing, further reducing CO2 emissions.

Optimize growth in your gardens this summer! If it cannot be recycled, can it be reused? If you have food waste, consider throwing it in your compost bin instead of the trash. This will save you money on fertilizers and will help your lawn and garden thrive! By composting, you are helping to reduce CO2 emissions and the impact chemical fertilizer runoff may have on our water sources.

Make the most of your trash, sort your recycling and start composting:

Feel a draft? You could be losing heat and spending more than you need to on your energy bill if your home lacks proper sealant for your windows and doors. Consider weather stripping to properly seal spaces in your home where you might be losing heat. There are different types of weather stripping, be sure to ask a KENT associate what would be most useful for your project.

Prevent heat loss and save energy, make sure your windows and doors are sealed properly:

Be rid of pesky weeds and bugs safely! The increased awareness of the impact chemical pesticides have on our environment and our health has many people seeking out alternatives. Many companies have joined in the fight by developing more natural solutions for reducing weeds and pests in our lawn and gardens.

Avoid the use of chemical pesticides by using an eco-friendly alternative:

Set it and forget it! By incorporating a programmable thermostat in your home, you can easily and conveniently set your thermostat to improve energy efficiency. For example, by setting your temperature to a lower temperature while you are away at work or sleeping, you can save on your heating bill and reduce your energy consumption.

Program your way to energy savings:

Ditch the chemicals and create a healthier environment! By choosing natural cleaning agents for your home, you are reducing your exposure to some of the harmful chemicals that can be found in traditional household cleaners, assisting in limiting the amount of water pollution and improving overall air quality.

Clean green by choosing a natural cleaning agent for your home: