Finally it's spring, which means it's time to start thinking of home renovation projects. I already have a huge list of things I want to change in my home to make it more functional and beautiful, but I get stuck when it comes to making green home renovation choices.
As much as I love the pretty, the reality is I need to focus on lowering utility bills, increasing my property value, and making our home a healthier and safe environment for my children.
Speaking of pretty (sorry, I couldn't resist), Jonathan and Drew Scott, of W Network's Property Brothers, have teamed up with Scotiabank to help us transform our homes to be more eco-friendly. If you own a home, you need to check out #GREENYOURROOM, a contest that will award one Canadian with $20,000 toward an eco-renovation and, wait for it, a one-hour consultation with the brothers!
I was invited for a one-on-one with the brothers to chat about design with a practical bent. Part of our chat focused on a recent Scotiabank survey which discovered that most Canadians are interested in doing an eco-renovation, but are intimidated by the perceived price tag.
The brothers suggested many budget-friendly ways to make changes, such as using low VOC paint and investing in a high efficiency washer and dryer. They also pointed out that if you want to see a return on your eco-renovation investment, you have to educate yourself.
As a part of the #GREENYOURROOM collaboration with Scotiabank, Jonathan and Drew are hosting a series of social media chats to offer tips on ways you can green your home. While some of the dates have yet to be released, based on the first Twitter chat and brief conversation I had with them, they’re really informative and useful!
Thursday May 8, 2014 - "First-timer Primer: Tips for the first-time homebuyer"
Thursday June 26, 2014 - This chat will cover tips for homeowners deciding whether to renovate or relocate
Date TBD - This chat will discuss how to find and keep current in the “forever” home
Date TBD - This chat will discuss downsizing and multisizing
Are you ready to get make your home more eco-friendly (and save money)? Check out Scotiabank's EcoLiving site for useful tips to get you started on your own green reno.
Here are some of the rooms that were submitted:
I'll be updating you during all stages of the contest from the start all the way to the very end! So stay tuned for more eco-friendly design wisdom from Jonathan and Drew, contest entry photos, and the announcement of the $20,000 eco-renovation winner!
Scotiabank and The W Network's Property Brothers partnered up to give one lucky winner a one-hour consultation with Drew and Jonathan Scott, and $20,000 to be used towards their own eco-renovation! Do your home and the environment a favour and join Sarah Gunn as she takes you through the Scotiabank EcoLiving Property Brothers Contest from start to finish.
Not sure about what's involved in an eco-friendly renovation? The Scotiabank EcoLiving website has tips on how you can renovate or upgrade your home in a way that reduces your impact on the environment and saves you money in the process. Because when you save a watt, you save a lot.