April 20, 2018 With Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, protecting the environment is on our mind. Back in 1970, after the catastrophic oil spill in Santa Barbara, Gaylord Nelson was inspired to establish a national day that focuses on the environment. His goal, to create a public consciousness about air and water pollution, effectively put environmental protection onto the national political agenda. As an environmentally conscious company, Onni consistently strives to reduce its carbon footprint. From sustainable design and building practices to energy efficient buildings, our homes encourage residents to live an eco-friendly lifestyle all year round. In honour of Earth Day, we’re sharing some simple yet effective tips to help you go green and protect the earth every day of the year. Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs. Onni is proud to use energy-efficient lighting systems in our properties. Carpool, ride your bike, use public transportation or drive an electric or hybrid car. Onni strategically builds our developments in close proximity to public transit, making it easy to reduce transportation energy usage. Grow your own organic garden, or join a farm-share group. Several of our developments offer well-designed gardens for communal gardening and community development. Use energy-efficient appliances and electronics. All of homes are built with energy-efficient appliances, high-efficiency Energy Star washers, and EnerGuide rated dryers for reduced electricity use Some other initiatives you can take include: Take a shorter shower and use a water-saving shower head. Run your dishwasher only when it’s full to save water and energy. Stop using disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws. Change your paper bills to online billing. You’ll be saving trees and the fuel it takes to deliver your bills by truck. Use reusable bottles for water, and reusable mugs for coffee. Bring reusable bags when you shop. Pack your lunch in a reusable bag. For other ways to reduce your energy consumption, check out our blog post on ways to conserve energy during the winter months. If you are looking for a new energy-efficient home, we currently have residential homes in some of the most sought-after areas of Metro Vancouver. Contact our experienced sales team to find a home best suited to you!