Mike Holmes is a world renowned house builder who focuses his building in his home country, Canada. So why is it so important to him to focus on installing solar energy systems in his new builds?
“The move for renewable energy and greener technologies has been really important to me for years now. Why? Because I’m building homes that are going to be around for years. So if I’m going to do it right, I have to think about the environment these buildings are going to be in today and tomorrow.”
“Let’s look at the facts: The cost of energy keeps rising. A lot of the resources we use for energy are on the verge of depletion. And the environmental fallout of modern living has reached a critical point.”
Seeing this fallout as a challenge, Mike can succeed at facing it head on. His view of issues behind our environment mixed with economy gives him the perfect time to push forward on these projects everyday by building greener homes day in and day out.
Holmes says: “If we look at what’s going on in the economy and the environment, we’ll see there’s actually a huge opportunity here. For new infrastructures, new technologies, new skills and an economy that gets stronger the more we help our environment. There’s no conflict of interest here.
“Another bonus is that green economy creates long-term jobs for different skill levels. This includes skilled tradespeople to manufacture all the parts for solar panels and turbines, contractors to install them and engineers to dream them up.”
Mike hopes that if he can influence public to go green and educate them as to why they should, it should be easier for the government to make policies that boost the movement. He makes an effort to do this by creating awareness of great organizations.
“PURE Energies is a microfit company that facilitates solar leasing. They install, operate and maintain solar power systems on suitable residential homes, at no cost to the homeowner. They’ll also monitor a home’s HVAC system to make sure it runs as efficiently as possible, given the weather and temperature. And even though PURE Energies owns the solar power system, they share the revenues from the energy produced with the homeowner. Everybody wins.”
“Right now, PURE Energies will make a donation to the David Suzuki Foundation for every inquiry they receive from homeowners interested in a solar power system. And if an inquiry leads to the installation of a system, PURE Energies will make another donation. Why the David Suzuki Foundation? Because they’re helping lay down the groundwork, through science and education, for a shift to sustainable living.”
Energy and environment is two of the most important discussions on our country’s headlines right now, and the answers to these could easily one day be everything Mike Holmes is working towards right now.
“As a contractor and builder, I take my job seriously. And I don’t take this responsibility lightly.”
“No matter the project, I always try to go for green options and renewable energy solutions. I could be working on a house for the new series, a custom home, a hurricane resistant house in New Orleans, a children’s village in Haiti or a First Nations reserve. I always try to incorporate green solutions that make sense. Not just for short-term maintenance but also for long-term sustainability. And solar leasing is a good way to start weaning our homes off non-renewable energy.”