When we first bought our home over five years ago, we didn't realize how much work needed to done and how much needed to be replaced. It wasn't long after we moved in that we decided to replace all of our major appliances, our air conditioning system, a couple of windows and our toilet bowls. For all of these items, we looked at energy efficient and eco-friendly models. Take, for example, our washing machine. We went with an LG Energy Star rated, high-efficiency, front-loading model that uses very little water and requires very little detergent (which I just recently discovered).
Our refrigerator is also an LG Energy Star rated model. Our new air conditioning system proudly shows off the blue Energy Star sticker to our neighbours. And about a year ago, I reluctantly let a door-to-door salesman fast talk me into having our water heater replaced. It, too, has the Energy Star rating and is supposed to help reduce costs.
We even went so far as replacing our toilet bowls with low-flow models. I don't think we'll stop there, though. We'll probably join nearly half of Canadian homeowners who plan on investing in energy efficient upgrades in the next year. And to encourage this positive trend, BMO has introduced a special Eco Smart mortgage rate.
For Canadians who meet BMO’s energy efficiency criteria, The BMO Eco Smart Mortgage is a new mortgage product with market-leading five-year fixed rate of 3.89 per cent – a rate significantly lower than comparable green mortgage products.Green mortgages are a new concept to me. So as a part of this blog tour, I downloaded a BMO Eco Smart Mortgage checklist to see if I would qualify. Unfortunately, our home didn't meet the minimum requirement of 6 out of 7 categories in the checklist. I'm starting to think maybe we should look at replacing doors and the rest of the windows next. These are just a few of many renovations we are willing to consider. But, seeing as we have a 4-level side-split with cathedral ceilings, we don't have an attic so I'm not sure if that category would even be considered in our case. To see if you would qualify for the mortgage, visit the BMO website.
Once you link over, scroll down and click on the survey for either single family homes and townhomes or high-rise condominiums.
And if you'd like to share your future plans, you can win a $50 RONA gift card right here on Toronto Teacher Mom.
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Disclosure – I am participating in the BMO Eco Smart Mortgage program by Mom Central Canada on behalf of BMO - Bank of Montreal. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.