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How to Transform Your Home into an Energy Efficient Affordable Home
Published on March 18, 2019

There are a number of effective ways that a homeowner can improve their home’s energy efficiency,
helping to make their home with high operational costs transform into an affordable home. Not every
method for improving energy efficiency comes with a high price tag either - in fact many homes are able
to see significant energy efficiency improvements simply by having a few small and affordable changes
done to their building envelope.

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How Your Home’s Air Conditioner Affects Air Quality
Published on March 08, 2019

The air quality, energy efficiency, and overall comfort of your home is directly tied to how well insulated and air sealed it is. By having a well-sealed and properly insulated home, you may notice a significant difference in comfort and air quality over a leaky home with poor insulation. The HVAC system in your home is also important, as it plays a significant role in keeping a home comfortable and with a consistent supply of fresh air from both the air conditioner and the furnace.

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Find Your Home’s Ideal Indoor Humidity Level
Published on March 01, 2019

The level of humidity in a house is an often overlooked factor involved in the prevention of health risks due to mould, bacteria, and mildew growth, along with the early deterioration of the building itself, due to continuous moisture build up on various parts of the building’s structure.

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Landlord Responsibilities in Ontario: Energy Efficiency Upgrades Mean Happy Tenants
Published on February 25, 2019

As a landlord, your responsibilities in Ontario involve more than just following bylaws or paying taxes. You are tasked with keeping your tenants happy and comfortable, as happy tenants are more likely to stay and review the building well, and to continue paying rent. The most significant way that a home, building, or apartment can become more comfortable is through insulation and energy efficiency upgrades.

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The Ontario Building Code Can Help Make Energy Improvements Affordable
Published on January 08, 2019

Canada has made a commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, and to contribute towards keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius, as per the Paris Agreement. As half of all existing Canadian homes were built before 1995, and they use twice as much energy as a recently built one, it means that homeowners in less efficient homes are able to significantly contribute towards helping Canada reach its greenhouse gas emission targets.

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Cancelling Home Energy Rating: How it Will Affect an Affordable Home
Published on January 04, 2019

Up until fairly recently, the Ontario government had a series of plans to help the province reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change. This included a plan to place the EnerGuide Rating system on homes that are put on the market, but it has since been cancelled. We will be seeing a new series of plans being implemented, but encouraging Home Energy Ratings is not one of them.

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Net Zero Homes: Low Operational Costs and a Strong EnerGuide Rating
Published on December 28, 2018

A Net Zero home is a highly efficient home that is able to produce as much energy as it consumes over a 12 month period. By utilizing various high-efficiency strategies such as triple paned windows and/or renewable solar energy, a Net Zero home is extremely well insulated and air sealed, and has very low operational costs due to its ability to produce its own renewable energy.

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Breathe Easy at Home By Improving Indoor Air Quality
Published on December 21, 2018

Many homeowners are not aware of the potential health risks that can come with having poor air quality at home. By understanding the health concerns and causes of poor home air quality, homeowners can regain control of their home’s level of airborne pollutants and work to protect the health of everyone who lives in the home - especially those most vulnerable, such as children or the elderly.

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An Energy Efficient Home is an Affordable Home
Published on December 19, 2018

A question many homeowners find themselves asking at one point or another is: how can I make my home more affordable? The answer is quite simple – an affordable home can be created through energy efficiency improvements.

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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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