Checklist and Tips
Fiscal Tiger’s guide on Eco Friendly Habits for a Green Lifestyle
Tips that most people can do to help reduce their carbon footprint. The guide presents the info on a smaller scale to help make it easier to understand, and more accessible to readers. There are also deeper links to some of the specific topics, so if you need more info on any particular section there should be a link to additional info.
A water conservation tool
Mr. Rooter's Water Waste Calculator is a water conservation tool that calculates how many liters of water faucet leaks waste per day. The tool calculates the water waste for slow and fast leaks.
The tool can help environmentally conscious individuals determine how imperative it is to get a leak fixed in a timely manner. And as an added bonus, it can give individual an idea of how much the leak is costing them financially.
Upon Taking Ownership
- All purchase agreements should include a guarantee that heating, cooling units, water conditioner, appliances and other working components of structure are in working condition for 3 to 5 days after possession of the property.
- Change the locks on all exterior entrances, for improved security.
- Check that all windows and doors are secure. Improve window hardware as necessary. Security rods can be added to sliding windows and doors. Consideration could also be given to a security system.
- Install smoke detectors on each level of the home. Ensure that there is a smoke detector outside all sleeping areas. Replace batteries on any existing smoke detectors and test them. Make a note to replace batteries again in one year. If you can, it's best to have smoke detectors hard wired with a battery backup. All will go off if there is smoke on one floor or another.
- Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors – If you have gas or oil appliances. If not, for a carbon monoxide detector in my home – my family and I would have died in 2004. It saved our lives!
- Create a plan of action in the event of a fire in your home. Ensure that there is an operable window or door in every room of the house. Consult with your local fire department regarding fire safety issues and what to do in the event of fire.
- Examine driveways and walkways for trip hazards. Undertake repairs where necessary.
- Examine the interior of the home for trip hazards. Loose or torn carpeting and flooring should be repaired.
- Undertake improvements to all stairways, decks, porches and landings where there is a risk of falling or tripping.
- Review your home inspection report for any items that require immediate improvement or further investigation. Address these areas as required.
- Install rain caps and vermin screens on all chimney flues, as necessary.
- Investigate the location of the main shut-offs for the plumbing, heating and electrical systems. If you attended the home inspection, these items would have been pointed out to you.