January 2014 - Posts

Waste Reduction!
When building, measure and calculate at least two times to eliminate anyleft-over materials. Order lengths and sizes that suit the project so that very little ends upin the scrap heap. Do your homework on local green materials for all your projects. If Read More...
Green Building Products.
Many building products on the market claim to be green materials, butdon't live up to their claims. Read carefully and don't be afraid to askquestions. Try to choose products that contain recycled material. They notonly reduce the strain on landfills Read More...
Fossil Forts in the Cowichan Valley.
I can not help but think of myself as the producer, director and star in my own little play, this thought pattern is thourally enabled by being smack dab in the middle of one of the greatest forces for change that Canada has ever seen, The Baby Boom. Read More...
Cowichan River.
The Cowichan River is the connection from Lake Cowichan to the rest of the Valley, it drops down approx. 400 feet from the mouth of the Lake down to the Strait of Georgia through forests of Cedar and Douglas Fir, enjoying Canada's only Mediterranean Read More...
Green Trends In Houses 2
Indoor Air Quality You really can't control the quality of the air you breathe outside, but you can improve your indoor air quality. Allergy sufferers especially will benefit from these tips. Of course, eliminate indoor smoking, that's a no-brainer, Read More...
Green Trends In Houses
With all the interest in keeping our planet green, we have been looking for "win/win" building products and designs for homes. LOW-E WINDOWS If more winter indoor warmth and less summer warmth, along with a smaller energy bill interest you, Read More...
Tips for a Green Christmas: How to save the planet and celebrate the season
With so much added waste floating around at the Christmas season it can be difficult to celebrate the holidays with an environmentally friendly edge. Here are the top tips for caring for the environment while you enjoy the holidays: Don’t give gifts. Read More...
Geothermal Heating Systems
Technology Snapshot & Benefits: Geothermal heating systems, also known as geo-exchange, ground source pumps, or earth-coupled pumps, take advantage of the earth's nearly constant temperature (45-75 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on latitude) to Read More...
Your own private Eco System
The relationship of one component in your house hinges on the other components in the same system. The construction, the heating and cooling systems, the sun, the time of year, the behavior of the people living in each house all work together to create Read More...
Energy-Efficient Housing Made More Affordable with Mortgage Loan Insurance
More than 17 percent of the energy consumed in Canada is used to run our homes. Buying an energy-efficient home or making energy-saving renovations can offer big savings. A 10% CMHC mortgage loan insurance premium refund and extended amortization period Read More...
2010 Housing Market Outlook Report
RE/MAX of Western Canada, in conjunction with RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic and RE/MAX Quebec, issued the 2010 Housing Market Outlook Report, Thursday, December 03, 2009 via a national newswire service targeting all daily newspapers, radio and television stations. Read More...
IF THE PEOPLE SHOW THE WILL, NATURE WILL SHOW THE WAY
When you think of Canada, which qualities come to mind? The world's peace-keeper, the friendly nation, a liberal counterweight to the harsher pieties of its southern neighbour, decent, civilised, fair, well-governed? Think again. This country's Read More...
Cowichan Lake's Eco Broker
I have just received my Eco Broker Designation for Real Estate and as I contemplate what that means and how to go about making use of it I must start with myself and my everyday habits. Some I am good with and some have been a dismal failure. For example Read More...
Green Decision - Christmas Tree
Today's green decision was the Christmas tree.Yes I know it is only the end of November but our town is decorating with 'experienced decorations' and I need to decorate my tree first to see what is left to donate. I looked to buy a live tree Read More...
What Kind of Vehicle to Drive
In aspiring to have a zero carbon footprint my big ticket dilemma at the moment is my vehicle, I did have a Mini Cooper for 4 years but it was extremely difficult to get out of the back seat, almost impossible for most of us, and that is the worst thing Read More...
3 Great Reasons to Live on Vancouver Island
Off the Canadian coast of Vancouver, British Columbia lays real estate so beautiful, so rich in diverse eco systems, that it has been dubbed North America’s best island by Condé Nast Traveler for six years running. Vancouver Island, BC is Read More...
Honeymoon Bay, British Columbia
Honeymoon Bay, B.C. is a charming village situated on the shore of Lake Cowichan in the southeastern portion of Vancouver Island. From the humble beginnings as a logging town, Honeymoon Bay was born of the need for employee housing in 1947. The Western Read More...
Youbou, British Columbia
Amid the world’s oldest spruce trees on the shores of Lake Cowichan , lies picturesque Youbou, B.C. Originally settled in 1907 and developed as a logging town in 1913, it draws visitors from all over to its beautiful banks. Visitors to Youbou can Read More...
Non- Resident Investment in Cowichan Valley
The Cowichan Valley is a great place to invest! International buyers are coming in droves from China, South Korea, India and Iran to name a few and they are bringing wealth. Low interest rates, strong immigration and our clean water and air make our area Read More...
Seeds of Change Conference - Duncan BC
I just returned from the Seeds for Change conference in Duncan, hosted by the Cowichan Green Community. It was well attendeded and the food was as fresh and green as you could imagine. Just Lovely. The focus was on liveable solutions for sustainable communities Read More...
Duncan, British Columbia
In the heart of Cowichan on Vancouver Island, lies a city of natural wonder. From Native art to forestry and farming, to a bustling business centre - Duncan, B.C. has it all. Duncan is a city rich in history and resources, but today’s world has Read More...
Cowichan Valley is "Best Value" on Vancouver Island
Note: Reposting blog posts to feed through facebook/twitter. Sandy Stinson of Team Stinson, Re/max Lake Cowichan recently conducted an in depth study of the afford ability of homes throughout the Province of BC and determined that the Cowichan Valley Read More...