How Telecommuting Can Save You Money (and Help the Environment)


Many of us like the idea of working from home. I have my own freelancing business, so working from home comes with the territory. However, you don't have to be self-employed in order to work from home. An increasing number of companies are allowing workers to telecommute -- at least some of the time. So, even if you work for someone else, there is a chance that you can telecommute between one and three days a week, even if you have to go in to the office sometimes. Telecommuting isn't just about working in your pajamas some days (although that…

Which is the Greener Option – Shopping Online or Shopping at a Store?


Shopping online has become the method of choice for many people but I’m still not convinced it’s for me. It’s a matter personal choice but which shopping method is the greener option that also saves you money? There are lots of variables when it comes to comparing online and in-store shopping, such as the type of goods being bought, how far away the shop is, how you will be travelling there and where the goods have been produced. The impact of shipping and the transportation of goods is a major consideration when you compare the two shopping methods. When you…

That Old Refrigerator May Be Costing You


The refrigerator is one of the heaviest consumers of power amongst household appliances. It runs 365 days a year, making it important to have an energy friendly refrigerator in your household. An energy friendly refrigerator in 2006 was estimated to consume 481 kilowatt hours per year. The energy consumption of refrigerators has improved steadily year over year. In 1990, the average Canadian refrigerator consumed a whopping 1,525 kilowatt hours per year making it the heaviest consumer of power amongst household appliances. Did you really think that the old refrigerator in your garage or basement wasn’t costing you that much in…

Do It Yourself Green Projects


 There are ton of do-it-yourself projects that you can do around your house to improve your energy efficiency, and help the environment.  Depending on your skill level and craftsmanship, there are a lot of ways you can improve your home, without destroying the environment.  Here are some ideas to consider this summer.  Around the House Some of the easiest projects you can do are around the house and are really pretty simple to do.  First, you could look at energy efficiency, especially now in the summer, before it gets too cold.  Look at changing your lightbulbs for CFL energy efficient…

Overview: Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs)


In a time of market uncertainty and volatility, it is natural for many investors to start looking for safer investments. While these safer investments might not provide the same possible return as riskier assets, there is a certain peace of mind that comes with guaranteed investments. One option that Canadians have when it comes to a safe place to park money is the Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC). GICs are often issued through trust companies or banks, and they offer a set return for your money over a period of time. If you are looking to preserve a little capital, or…