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Energy Rebate Programs Highly Popular in P.E.I.
Published on November 29, 2018

Since the first of April, applications for energy programs that offer home renovation rebates to P.E.I homeowners have seen a 300 percent increase, with the total number of applicants sitting at about 2,500.

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Smart Thermostats Can Save Homeowners Money
Published on November 29, 2018

According to Navigant Research, smart thermostats generated $1.3 billion in global sales in 2017, making them one of the most popular smart-home technologies on the market today.  

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What Ontario’s Climate Plan May Look Like
Published on November 28, 2018

The Provincial Government of Ontario is set to be soon releasing its new climate change plan, and there a few indications of it being modelled after Australia's climate change policy.

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Alternatives to Drain Water Heat Recovery
Published on November 28, 2018

For a home to pass Ontario Building Code, it needs to have a working drain water heat recovery system. This is to ensure that Ontario homes are built with energy efficiency in mind and have a system that can effectively recycle the energy used to make hot water.

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Increased Interest in Zero Carbon Buildings
Published on November 27, 2018

The Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Program from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has been in operation for one year, and has seen a significant increase in interest in those who want to become participants and achieve certification. 

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Flexible Solar Cells Show Promise
Published on November 27, 2018

A new material called perovskite has shown remarkable development over the last 8 years in terms of its ability to convert solar light into energy.

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Realtors Should Support Mandatory Home Energy Assessments
Published on November 26, 2018

Up until recently, the provincial government had a strategy to introduce mandatory Home Energy Assessments for every home that goes up for sale. This strategy was a part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, and was scheduled to start in 2019 but was recently cancelled - receiving much support from the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA).

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Growing a Clean Energy Economy
Published on November 23, 2018

Recently, a study prepared for Clean Energy Canada evaluated both the positive and negative impacts of energy efficiency on both employment and the economy, using the measures of improving efficiency that are outlined in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change (PCF) for their calculations.

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Climate Change and Urbanization
Published on November 23, 2018

Scott Krayenhoff, a researcher at the University of guelph, recently led a study that examines climate change and its effects on both urban and rural areas. Large and dense cities can cause a rise in temperature, but according to the study, it appears that climate change holds the potential to reduce the higher temperatures caused by urbanization -  which is called the urban heat island effect.

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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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