Sustainability isn't just a passing trend and making your home greener is easier than ever, whether you're looking to overhaul your entire home with solar energy or want to make some simple swaps to more ecofriendly products & services, Halifax and the local retail community are here to help!
The federal, provincial and municipal governments have guidelines and programs in place to help you in making your home more energy efficient. While net zero ready, meaning your home produces as much or more energy than it consumes, is the goal for some homeowners, others might be looking to upgrade appliances to those with an Energy STAR rating to reduce consumption. Check out these links to find out what changes you can make to make your home more energy efficient!
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient from the Government of Canada
Making smaller, everyday changes is simple too, thanks to local retailers and service providers!
No matter where you live within the HRM, you're never too far away from a local shop or market specializing in locally made or farmed ecofriendly products, produce, baked goods, meats, and seafood. Halifax is perfecting situated to benefit from the thriving farming and agricultural community in Nova Scotia. Pick up fresh good from one of the many markets around the HRM, like Noggins Corner in Hammonds Plains, the Bedford Basin Market along the Bedford Highway, and the Vegetorium in Fall River. If leisurely, weekend mornings are more your thing, head to the harbour front at either the Alderney Landing Farmers Market in Dartmouth or the Seaport Farmers Market in Halifax and extend your trip by heading up Lower Water to the Brewery Market every Saturday at the Keith's Brewery! For a list of all Nova Scotia Farmers Markets, click here. No Nova Scotia meal is complete without some delicious, fresh, local seafood from the Fisherman’s Market in South Bedford or sustainably farmed seafood from Afishionado’s in Halifax’s North End.
Halifax does its part to reduce waste with a mandatory recycling and compost program as well as multiple facilities located throughout the HRM for you to recycle and dispose of household waste responsibly. Click here for more information about waste collection and here for a link to the Collection Schedules and Waste App. If reducing waste is high on your list, be sure to head to the Tare Shop in the North End for package free bulk food and ecofriendly home & personal care products! Halifax has an extensive transit system so even if these shops and services aren’t in your preferred neighbourhood, they are easily accessible by bus or ferry as well as the $25-million in government funding that will be used to add and refurbish 30 kilometres of pathways for pedestrians and cyclists as a part of the city's Integrated Mobility Plan.