Feb 5, 2017

Energy Saving Tips

For the modern customer, HVAC energy efficiency is a top concern and popular point of conversation. In honor of Earth Month, I've outlined the top five energy-saving tips that you can reference when your customers ask about improving their home energy efficiency.
  • Replace filters often - Hands down the best thing you can do to improve your energy efficiency is to replace your air filters often. The more debris that's in the filter, the less air can circulate through the HVAC system, making it work harder. The harder your HVAC unit works, the more energy it uses.
  • Set a schedule - Constantly adjusting your thermostat uses a lot of energy.  Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature that reflects your schedule so that your unit isn't cooling an empty house or working overtime when you're away.
  • Air sealing - A quick, inexpensive air-sealing fix can mean big savings on utilities. Blocking outside air from coming in not only helps keep allergies and other irritants out of your home, but it also prevents your HVAC unit from having to constantly heat or cool outside air.
  • Out with the old, in with the new - New light bulbs don't use as much energy and last a lot longer, but they also don't tend to run as hot - ultimately saving you from having to turn down your thermostat a few degrees or having to turn on a fan.
  • Turn down the temp - According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lowering the temperature on your water heater by just 10 degrees can yield a $12 to $30 reduction in energy costs annually. Also, taking a cooler shower or bath means lower energy use, from your HVAC unit to cool your home afterward.
For more quick and easy energy-saving tips, visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Saver website where you'll find energy-saving DIY projects, buying tips, and more.

Jan 30, 2017

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) 2017 Incentives Update

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) will continue to offer the existing Heating and Cooling incentives until June 30, 2017. New eligible equipment and incentives are expected to be introduced by July 1, 2017
The Rebate Program will include:
  • $250 incentive when you have an existing furnace replaced with the purchase and installation of an eligible high-efficiency furnace equipped with aElectronically Commutated Motor (ECM). – will be eligible until Dec. 31, 2017
  • $250 incentive when you install or replace your existing central air conditioner (CAC) system or install a new CAC system that is purchased and installed of an ENERGY STAR qualified CAC system with a minimum 14.5 SEER and 12 EER (confirmed by AHRI reference number).  – only eligible until June 30, 2017
  • $400 incentive when you install or replace your existing central air conditioner (CAC) replaced with the purchase and installation of an ENERGY STAR qualified central air conditioning system with a minimum 15 SEER and 12.5 EER (confirmed by AHRI reference number). – only eligible until June 30, 2017
The IESO will be removing the CAC incentives for the SEER 14.5 & 15 (EERs 12 &12.5) from the program as of June 30, 2017 and will be looking at introducing incentives for the following products starting July 1, 2017
  • Central Air Conditioners – SEER 18+
  • Air Source Heat Pumps –Ducted and ductless, including ductless multi port
  • Drop in ECMs for furnaces
  • ECM Circulator pumps
  • Air Source Cold Climate Heat Pumps – Ducted and ductless, including ductless multiport
  • Adaptive Thermostats

  • Once the IESO confirms these new products will be eligible, HRAI will communicate the final details of the program changes for July 2017.

Please note the IESO can change the terms of the initiative during the program year, including the eligible products and incentive amount.

Enbridge Gas Rebates & Incentives Program

Enbridge Gas Residential Rebates and Incentive Programs

Our energy efficiency programs can give you a head start on reducing energy costs in your home.
Smart Thermostats Program - Home Comfort. Automatic Savings.
One of the easiest ways to save on your energy costs is by installing a smart thermostat. It uses sensors and Wi-Fi technology to maximize your home comfort and energy savings. That’s why Enbridge Gas Distribution is proud to introduce our new Smart Thermostats Program. Participants who reside within the Enbridge Gas Program Delivery Area and who purchase and install a qualifying Smart Thermostat before December 31, 2017 are eligible to receive a $100 incentive. If you are an Enbridge Gas customer, the incentive will be paid as a bill credit on your Enbridge Gas account. If you heat your home with oil or propane, the incentive will be paid in the form of a cheque. Visit smartthermostats.ca for full program details.
Home Energy Conservation Program - Use Less. Do More.
We are proud to offer you the Home Energy Conservation Program, brought to you by the Government of Ontario and delivered by Enbridge Gas Distribution.
If you heat your home with natural gas, propane, oil or wood, and you're a qualified homeowner, you could be eligible for incentives of up to $2,100. This program makes it easy and affordable for you to improve the energy efficiency of your home, lower your energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To learn more please visit knowyourenergyscore.ca
Do you qualify for the Home Winter Proofing Program?
The Home Winter Proofing program helps eligible low-income Enbridge customers lower their energy costs and make their home healthier, comfortable and energy efficient. For qualifying customers, your home may have free energy efficiency upgrades completed to reduce your energy costs.

Dec 24, 2015

Heat Your Home Efficiently and Save




  1. Set the temperature to 20º C during the day and 17 º C at night. Better yet, use a programmable thermostat.
  2. Seal cracks and drafts around windows, doors and electrical sockets with caulking or weather stripping.
  3. Replace or clean your furnace filter every three months. Dirty filters restrict airflow, forcing furnaces to work harder and use more natural gas.
  4. Let the sunshine in keep your curtains and blinds open during the day so the sun can naturally warm up your home.

Dec 20, 2015

Don't Hurt Your Back this Winter Shovelling

Tips To Prevent Back Pain When Shoveling Snow
 
That sharp pain you feel putting away the dishes on high shelf might be traced to lifting a shovel above your shoulder after this month's snow.
Snow shoveling can gift you with pain that keeps on giving, and sometimes won't go away for weeks, or even months. Repeatedly raising the arm when shoveling snow and specially by lifting that snow-filled shovel above the level of your shoulder can lead to several common back injuries.
Here are some tips from Ontario chiropractors to help ensure a pain-free winter:

  • Don't let the snow pile up: If the weather report calls for several days of snow. frequent shoveling will allow you to move smaller amounts of snow at once. It's far less strenuous in the long run. 
  • Pick the right shovel: Use lightweight pusher-type shovel. If you are using a metal shovel, spray it with Teflon first, so snow won't stick to it.
  • Push, don't throw: Always push the snow to the side rather than throw it. That way you avoid lifting heavy shovelfuls of snow, and sudden twisting or turning movements. 
  • Bend your knees: As with any heavy object, you need to use your knees, leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting, while keeping your back straight.
  • Take a break: If you feel tired or short of breath, stop and take a rest. Stop shoveling immediately if you feel chest or back pain. If you have back pain that is severe or that persists for more than a day after shoveling, see a chiropractor. If you have chest pain that is severe, see a doctor immediately or call 911 for help.

More information is available at : chiropractice.on.ca
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Jun 7, 2015

Comparison Between Lennox ML195 and Lennox EL195E High Efficiency Gas Furnace.

What are the value added benefits to customers with the new EL195E furnace?

1.       Lennox customers will save more money every time their HVAC system is operating.

  The difference between the ML195 PSC motor and the EL195E ECM X13 motor is that the ECM motor is much more efficient. Why? Because it uses a brushless Direct Current (DC) motor, similar to the ECM motor if you’re already familiar with in a variable speed furnace. The ECM X13 motor is almost as energy efficient as a variable speed motor.

What are the cost savings?
Annual operating costs can be 25% 61% lower per year, based on usage

EL195 PSC Motor:
Cooling mode:  552 watts
Continuous fan mode:  515 watts
EL195E ECM X13 Motor:
Cooling mode:  413 watts
Continuous fan mode:  200 watts
Savings:




139 watts



315 watts





25% Savings



61% savings
The EL195E allows your customer to reduce their cooling bill by at least 25% over the ML195!

2.       The customer can benefit with the EL195E by improving their indoor air quality.

 If the customer was previously reluctant to use their circulating fan in constant mode because of the potential high cost of operation, they can now have improved air quality for less than half the cost it was before. That equates to $1320 savings over a 5 year period. *Running in continuous mode. *Avg. U.S. Energy Price $0.132

3.       How about increase in SEER?

 This motor will also increase the efficiency of your air conditioner by 1 or more SEER points. This is very attractive in today’s environment for your price conscious consumers, who may trade down to lower SEER units.

Mar 19, 2015

Consumer Rights When Changing Water Heater

If you are replacing your rental water heater and you choose to change rental providers, you are protected from arbitrary exit fees and penalties under the Ontario Consumer Protection Act. If your old supplier tells you that you may be subject to a “buy-out” of the old tank or a “tank return fee” or an “account closure fee” or any other charge, you need to be aware of the following: Under the Ontario Consumer Protection Act, a provider of any rental agreement which does not provide for a fixed term, and does not provide sufficient disclosure information so that you know upfront the maximum amount payable by you over the entire term of the agreement, the interest portion, the interest rate and the purchase option, can only charge you the following amounts to exit a contract:


  1. The periodic rental payments due on or before the day the lease is terminated that have not already paid
  2. The expenses incurred by your old provider for the removal of the old tank
  3. The penalties, if any, imposed on you for unreasonable or excessive wear or use of the old tank. 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

  • You were never presented with or signed a contract with a fixed term 
  • Payments to your old provider are up to date. 
  • Your new contractor is returning your old tank 
  • Your old tank has only been subject to normal wear and tear


Consumer protection law in Ontario states that, other than what we have identified above, you should not be subject to any fees penalties when you return your old rental water heater.