BSG Articles


First Net-Negative Home in Lethbridge County
Published on December 05, 2018

Rudy Reger, owner of Energy Smart Canada, has built an efficient home that produces more renewable energy than it uses over the course of a year, making it the first ‘net-negative’ home in Lethbridge County.

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A Quick Look at Ontario’s New Environment Plan
Published on December 04, 2018

The Provincial Government has released its new Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, with the intention of: protecting lakes, rivers and air, addressing climate change, reducing waste and litter in our environment, and conserving land and greenspace. The section of the Environment Plan which targets climate change has a goal of fulfilling the previous requirements of Cap and Trade, now that it has been cancelled in Ontario.

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Efficient Passive House Built in Calgary
Published on December 04, 2018

A new neighbourhood in Calgary has a unique and highly efficient home in its midst - a Passive House. A Passive House is a highly efficient home that is built to a world leading standard of energy efficient construction. 

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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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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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