The Green Life

The Green Life focuses on staying up-to-date with the latest green trends, events and news around the world.

It's easy being green and you can also save some green while you're at it too.

Replacing five standard incandescent bulbs with ENERGYSTAR® qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) can save you $30 a year. An ENERGYSTAR® qualified room air conditioner can save you $75 over its expected lifetime.

If you're an Ontario resident, the sale of incandescent light bulbs will be banned by the Ontario government in 2012. You might as well get a head start to increasing you're home's energy efficiency and put some savings back into your own pocket. Torontonians can do just this with Toronto Hydro’s Great Exchange program.

As the first utility-led program of its kind in Ontario, Toronto residents can trade-in old incandescent light bulbs for up to five new compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), free of charge. Torontonians can also bring in their old room air conditioners and dehumidifiers in exchange for a $25 or $10 gift card respectively.

The Great Exchange runs on the first three weekends of June at all Toronto Rona, The Home Depot and Walmart locations from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Take some time to dig up those old energy-guzzling appliances and light bulbs for high quality energy efficient ones.