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New Energy-Efficient Fleet Maintenance Garage Begins Construction
Published on October 30, 2018

The city of Kingston has begun construction on a new fleet maintenance garage that is set to achieve Silver certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), meaning that it will reach the required level of energy efficiency and environmental friendliness specified by LEED.

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New Federal Pollution Pricing System for 2019
Published on October 30, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced that there will be a federal pollution pricing system put in place in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in 2019. The proceeds generated from the new pollution pricing system will be returned directly to the people in their respective provinces.

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Toronto Offering Loans for Home Efficiency Upgrades
Published on October 26, 2018

Dervish Mitrovica, a homeowner of a semi-detached home in Toronto’s east end, has been undertaking renovation and restoration projects in his home over the last three years. With the City of Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program (H.E.L.P), Mitrovica has been able to afford the energy efficiency upgrades that work to improve his at-home comfort and reduce his home’s energy usage.

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Federal Government Invests in Renewable Energy Supermarket
Published on October 25, 2018

A new Longo’s supermarket will soon be opening in Stouffville Ontario, and is receiving $1.4 million from Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Innovation Program, in order to make it the first Near Net Zero Energy (NZE) supermarket in Canada.

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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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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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