Calgary is going green and so is real estate. If you're looking for a new property one of the things that you'll need to look at is its energy efficiency. Fuel bills are only going to be going up in the future! You need to jump on the green wave and secure a home that will keep your energy costs down while helping to save the planet.
There are so many homes that have been converted into energy conserving properties that you'll definitely have a wide selection to choose from. From homes that have just made minor implementations all the way up to homes that have built-in solar panels for heating, green homes are the up and coming thing. If you're looking at properties for investment purposes, you'll usually get more value for the money on the resale the greener your home is.
It may seem like you won't be making much of a difference in this world by purchasing an energy-efficient home but think about it this way. A study was conducted in the United States showing that emissions would be cut by about 10% if each and every building was built using green standards for construction. As well, as long as developers use recycled materials there would be a waste reduction of 70%.
It's a matter of everyone getting on board and just agreeing that going green is simple and worth the time spent for everyone involved. It's good for the environment, your city and your pocketbook.
When you're out and about looking at homes in Calgary ask your real estate agent about the energy efficiency of the properties you are looking at. This way you'll be able to contribute to the protection of the environment in your own way.
While you may not be able to afford a home that is fully off the grid, and there aren't very many of them available right now anyway, every small step forward will make a difference. Look for homes that have some sort of energy efficiency plan in place and let others know what type of effort you spent to go green. If everyone starts to play this green game there's no telling how far it will lead in the future.