Living Green

Minto is committed to reducing the environmental impacts of our buildings and operations. For more about Minto’s environmental commitments and achievements, check out our Environmental Policy and Sustainability Report.

There’s a lot you can do to reduce your environmental footprint while enjoying your Minto home. Read on for tips on:

Reduce energy consumption

Reducing energy consumption

  • Turn off lights and electronic devices when not in use
  • Purchase ENERGY STAR® products including electronics and lighting
  • Plug electronic devices into power bars or “green plug” outlets which can be switched off to reduce electricity consumption when devices are not in use
  • Use energy efficient fluorescent or LED (Light-Emitting Diode) bulbs (ensure mercury-containing fluorescent bulbs – including CFLs (compact fluorescent bulbs) - are disposed of as hazardous waste)
  • Wash clothes in cold water, run only full loads, choose the energy-saver cycle, and match drying time to the size of your load
  • Boil water using an electric kettle, rather than on the stove
  • When baking and roasting, watch progress via the oven window rather than opening the door
  • Use a microwave, slow cooker, or toaster oven for cooking or warming food when suitable
  • Close drapes on hot summer days to reduce heat build-up; open drapes on sunny winter days to take advantage of solar heating
  • Arrange furniture so it does not block heating sources; use an air deflector if a vent is under a piece of furniture
  • If you have access to the temperature controls for your home, turn the thermostat down at night or when you are away from the home to save energy (ensure that the temperature is not set below 15°C to avoid freezing pipes)
  • Maintain appliances in good working order to optimize energy efficiency
  • Regularly dust refrigerator coils, radiators, and baseboard heaters

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Conserving water

Conserving water

  • Repair (owner) or report (tenant) leaking taps and running toilets as soon as possible
  • Do not leave water running while preparing food, washing dishes, shaving, or brushing teeth
  • Keep water in the refrigerator to avoid running the tap for cold water
  • Scrape dishes before washing rather than rinsing
  • Run only full loads in dish and clothes washers
  • Take shorter showers when possible and don’t overfill the tub when bathing
  • If you are responsible for maintaining the lawn at your home, water it early in the morning to reduce evaporation

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Reducing waste

Reducing waste

  • Sign-up for paperless billing programs
  • Buy fewer consumer goods; reuse them when possible or share with neighbours and friends
  • Donate items you no longer need if they are still in good condition
  • Consider used or recycled products
  • Choose goods with little or no packaging
  • Use reusable bags and other reusable containers including water bottles
  • Avoid purchasing corrosive, flammable, explosive, and toxic products when you can; alternatively, purchase in small amounts to minimize hazardous waste
  • Do some research and read the label; ensure the product you are buying does what you need it to do
  • Buy durable goods
  • Maintain fixtures and appliances, repairing promptly as needed, to optimize the lifespan of the product
  • Whenever possible, recycle materials that cannot be reused or donated

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Improving indoor air quality

Improving indoor air quality

  • Minimize the use of toxic, solvent-based, and scented products
  • Select environmentally-friendly cleaning and personal care products whenever possible; consider products that are low-VOC (volatile organic compound), natural, bio-degradable, and solvent-free
  • Remember that vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and borax are very effective for most common household cleaning tasks (be careful on porous surfaces)
  • To avoid mould and mildew:
    • address leaks and other moisture-related issues promptly
    • use exhaust fans or open windows when cooking or showering
    • dispose of food waste regularly
    • launder towels and washcloths frequently
  • Regularly clean your home to control dust, pollen, and other allergens
  • Repair (owner) or report (tenant) exhaust fans that are not functioning properly

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