In 2008, we developed and implemented the Certified Rental Building™ program and use CRB program to provide a “quality assurance” benefit that rental-housing consumers can count on when shopping for their rental apartment home. Apartment buildings and complexes accepted into the program must comply with more than 50 Standards of Practice and are audited regularly by J.D. Power to track compliance. Once an apartment building has been granted official
“certification” status, it is considered a well-run, well-managed property where the property manager, and their staff, truly care about the quality of rental product and the quality of service they provide to residents. To date, more than 265,000 apartment residents in over 1,100 across the province. In 2014, we took the CRBP to a new level by introducing 10 new Environmental Operating Standards as part of our exciting new Living GREEN Together ™ groundbreaking initiative.
A tap, leaking at one drop per second, can waste more than 25 litres of water a day - that's about 10,000 litres a year.
A toilet that continues to run after flushing can waste 200,000 litres of water in one year - enough water to fill a large in-ground swimming pool!
Report any dripping toilets or taps to the staff at your rental apartment building.
Never let the water run….
Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth. As much as 16 litres of water can be wasted per brushing.
A 10 minute shower uses around 83 litres of water. A bath in a full tub uses around 220 litres.
Each person in Ontario produces almost 2.5 kg or 5.5lbs of waste per day. That’s almost a tonne of garbage per person, each year.
While apartment dwellers generate less waste, residents in single family homes divert almost 3 times more waste away from landfills.
Only 25% of Ontario’s waste is diverted from landfills by recycling. Are you recycling and doing your part?
Properly recycle paper, plastic and glass…
A pop can take 300 years to break down in a dump and a glass bottle takes more than 1,000,000 years.
Buy used & buy in bulk
Replace disposable item with reusable ones. For example, buy a reusable coffee filter, replace disposable batteries with rechargeable ones; use cloth bags instead of plastic disposable bags.
In 2014, Canada is banning the sale of inefficient lightbulbs. Why wait? Switch now.
There are many energy-efficient alternatives. Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL’s) use up to 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than a standard bulb.
By just changing 2 – 100 watt incandescent bulbs used for 3 hours per day to equivalent CFL’s, you will save enough energy to run an LCD TV for 3 hours a day for almost 9 months.
Turn off the lights…
It’s basic, and you’ve heard it a thousand times. It’s easy and it matters.
Unplug electronic devices when not in use.
Minimize your use of A/C and heating when possible. Shut blinds on hot days to block out heat from the sun. Open your blinds in the daytime to let in the warmth of the natural light.
Contest begins Wednesday June 1st at 12:01 am and ends Sunday July 31st 12:00 pm Eastern Time. All winners will agree to have their name and photo on the Certified Living Green Program Website, Certified Rental Building Facebook and Twitter Pages.
Contest Open to Ontario Residents only.