Scotiabank EcoLiving & the Sustainable Housing Foundation
“We are delighted to partner with the Sustainable Housing Foundation. They bring deep knowledge and experience in the green home renovation industry, which will bring added value to Scotiabank’s EcoLiving program,” said Kaz Flinn, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Scotiabank.
“Scotiabank is an ideal partner for the Sustainable Housing Foundation. Their EcoLiving program aligns perfectly with our future vision. We look forward to making real progress in helping Canadians improve the sustainability of their homes,” said Craig Backman, Chairman, Sustainable Housing Foundation.
Scotiabank’s EcoLiving program helps Canadians make green choices at home, reduce their energy bills and take advantage of government rebates. The EcoLiving magazine and website (www.ecoliving.scotiabank.com) offer environmentally friendly options and practical tips, including a tool that finds rebates where you live, articles on the best renovations for your budget, home energy audits, do-it-yourself projects and much more.
How do you Measure Up?
A June 2011 special report from Scotiabank found that while substantial progress has been made in improving household energy efficiency, more needs to be done, especially with energy usage and pricing on the upswing.
The report cited a recent study by Statistics Canada showing that Canadians are increasingly adopting energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly practices in their homes, though there is still considerable scope to boost participation further:
75% of households had at least one compact fluorescent light (CFL)
49% of households used a programmable thermostat, up from 42% in 2007
64% used a clothesline or drying rack
63% had a low-flow shower head, up from
28% in 1991
42% had a low-volume toilet, up from 9% in 1991
18% of non-apartment dwellers had a rain barrel or cistern to capture rain water
66% drank primarily tap water, rather than bottled water, up from 59% in 2007
To view the full report, click here: Energizing Household Energy Efficiency