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Learn What It Means to Go Green at the 5th Annual Green Home Show

Sep 21, 2009

More and more companies are going green to offer consumers energy-efficient products for their homes to not only lower utility bills but to help protect the environment. But, what does it really mean to go green?  From energy efficient lighting to eco-design, there are many products that help make a home green and consumers can learn about these top five tips and more at the 5th annual Green Home Show at Kortright Conservation Centre in Vaughan.

Top five affordable tips to go green

  1. Heating your home uses more energy than any other appliance, so make your thermostat work for you: Reduce energy usage by installing a setback thermostat and programming it to lower the temperature during the day when no one is home and at night while you are sleeping. Have it warm up the house just before returning home from work and just before rising in the morning.
  2. Heat things up with wood heating options: Burn season dry hardwood for maximum heat and integrate wood heat into a zone heating system to increase comfort.
  3. Take advantage of grants: Look for rebates including $40 on energy efficient windows.
  4. Make your interior eco-fabulous: Purchase recycled paint and visit the Habitat for Humanity Restores for reusable building materials.
  5. Save with solar heating: Solar hot water systems can reduce your hot water cost by 50 per cent.

WHEN: Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 2009
      10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

WHAT: Enjoy two days of workshops, demonstrations, guest speakers, indoor and outdoor green vendor exhibits; and a tour of the Archetype Sustainable House - one of Canada's greenest homes.  The event is hosted by Toronto and Region Conservation with presenting sponsor PowerStream and partner Windfall Ecology Centre. This year's feature presentation is Pukwis - Bringing Wind Power to the People.  The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for kids and seniors.  Children four and under are admitted free with their family and members are free.  Parking is $4 per vehicle. 

WHERE: Kortright Centre for Conservation, 9550 Pine Valley Dr Vaughan, ON                                                   

About TRCA
With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment.  Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at or

For media registration and interviews contact:
Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation  
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