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Energy Shortage Coming to Ontario by 2023
Published on October 25, 2018

Bloomberg Environment has reported that in 5 years, Ontario will not have enough electricity to meet demand. This is leading Ontario to consider increasing its energy imports from the United States and Quebec, as well as looking into improving management of provincial nuclear facilities, and constructing new power plants to meet energy demands.

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How the Saskatchewan Conservation House of the Past Led to the Net Zero Homes of the Future
Published on October 24, 2018

During the energy crisis of the 1970s, the demand for more energy efficient homes rose drastically as homeowners and home buyers were concerned with obtaining the lowest energy bills possible. Acknowledging that little was known about home energy conservation and energy loss at the time, a research project called the Saskatchewan Conservation House was built to better understand and demonstrate what an energy efficient home would require.

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Energy Efficiency Growth in Central Alberta
Published on October 24, 2018

Red Deer Alberta is leading the way in terms of energy conservation in Alberta, according to Energy Efficiency Alberta CEO, Monica Curtis. With 1 in 10 homes taking part in the Residential No Charge Energy Saving’s Program, homeowners are replacing less efficient home products such as incandescent lights, with more efficient ones, such as LEDs.

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Funding for Energy Efficiency Improvements in Nova Scotia
Published on October 23, 2018

The Canadian Government is working in collaboration with the provincial government of Nova Scotia in an effort to combat climate change and promote an eco-friendly economy. They are looking to help Nova Scotians reduce their energy waste, save money on utility bills, and create jobs for the middle class.

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Funding for the Northwest Territories in Fight Against Climate Change
Published on October 23, 2018

In an effort to mitigate the effects of climate change, the governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories are working in collaboration; with the announcement that over $23 million will be invested in programs supporting energy efficiency retrofits, renewable energy, and forest regeneration.

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Stay Warm This Winter Even if Your Condo Loses Its Heat Quickly
Published on October 22, 2018

Many people across Canada live in or rent out an apartment within a Multi Unit Residential Building (MURB). Just as the habits and desired comfort level of each tenant vary, so too does the ability of a building to maintain heat differ from one unit to the next.

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Ontario Asking for Your Ideas on Addressing Climate Change
Published on October 22, 2018

Coming later this fall, the Government of Ontario will be releasing a plan that identifies key areas of focus on how to handle and become more resilient to climate change, and is running a consultation that is asking for Ontarians’ opinion regarding the matter.

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What to Ask When Buying a Home: Things Every First Time Homebuyer Misses
Published on October 19, 2018

A lot of homeowners and homebuyers have a sort of love/hate relationship with energy efficiency. They love having a home that is energy efficient as it saves them money, has less of an impact on the environment, and improves at-home comfort, however they often hate the perceived headache of getting their home up to snuff.

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Smart Home Technologies in Multifamily Housing
Published on October 19, 2018

A recent report from the market research and advisory team, Navigant Research, has delved into business model applications and opportunities of using smart home technology within the multifamily home market.

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The Province’s HRRP Now Offers New Eligibility, New Territories, & New Incentives.

There’s great news for homeowners who are planning to do residential renovations or upgrades! The Ontario Government has significantly enhanced the province’s Home Reno Rebate Program. And the bottom line for homeowners - higher rebates! By doing renovations or upgrades that will improve a home’s energy efficiency, homeowners may be eligible for substantial rebates of up to $5,000 from Union Gas. Simply put, there are long-term payoffs with an energy efficient home.

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