Reducing waste, protecting our ecosystems and improving the quality of our air and water resources are all excellent reasons for going green. But did you know that going green can also help reduce certain home insurance claims?
Here are a few ways being environmentally conscious improves the planet and makes your insurance company happy:
Go with energy efficient plumbing
- Go with energy efficient plumbing. Updating older plumbing will help cut back on your water usage as well as lower the risk for water damage due to cracks, leaks or corrosion. (By the way, if pipes leak due to wear and tear and end up causing damage, it won’t be covered by your home insurance… another good reason to make a change!)
Insulate your pipes
- Insulate your pipes. Adding pipe insulation is one of the best ways to protect your pipes from cold Canadian winters. As an added bonus, while you’re reducing risk of pipes freezing and bursting you’ll also be saving money on your utility bills.
Update your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system
- Update your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. If your HVAC system is more than 15 years old, you might want to consider switching to a more efficient system. Updating your HVAC system will improve your home’s air quality as well as reduce the risk of fire.
Switch to LED light bulbs
- Switch to LED light bulbs. These energy saving bulbs can help lower your energy bill and are also less likely to overheat and cause a fire.
Making any of these changes will go a long way to improving the safety and energy efficiency of your home – with the added bonus of reducing your carbon footprint.
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