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Tag : Retrofitting (15)

$200M from cap and trade to make schools greener

CBC News / Muriel Draaisma / 13 June 2017

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter announced on Tuesday that $200 million from the province’s cap and trade program will go towards making schools in the province more energy efficient.

The amount is part of the $1.4 billion that has been earmarked in the 2017-18 fiscal year for school renewal and repairs, Wynne and Hunter said at a news conference at a northwest Toronto school.

Wynne said the money from what is known as the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) will enable schools to install such energy-efficient features as new windows, lights and furnaces. Funded by Ontario’s cap and trade auctions, the GGRF supports retrofit projects designed to reduce energy use in schools.

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The economic case for retrofitting buildings

Globe & Mail / Toon Dreessen / 17 February 2017

A study of Bentall Kennedy’s North American real estate portfolio of more than 300 buildings found that environmentally friendly office properties net 3.7 per cent higher rents. In their Canadian holdings, occupancy rates in environmentally certified buildings were 18.7 per cent higher than non-certified.

The study, conducted by University of Guelph professor Avis Devine and co-author Nils Kok of Maastricht University in The Netherlands, calls tenants in green buildings “stickier” and “happier.” Tenants stay put in their space, she says, and reduce landlord leasing costs associated with turnover.

Plus, as governments move to increase the costs of carbon, which have now been benchmarked at $50 per tonne by 2022, there will be a strong incentive for building owners to reduce operational costs related to emissions and energy use.

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What is OLED lighting? And how is it different from LEDs?

Mother Earth News / Jennifer Tuohy (Home Depot) / 23 January 2017

In just a few years, LED lighting went from niche uses to mainstream. Helped in part by a significant drop in price, total installations of LED bulbs in American homes more than doubled from 77 million to 202 million in just one year. That figure is even more impressive when compared to the fewer than 400,000 installations in 2009.

But will this dramatic shift from one technology to another repeat itself? Will our 25-year life span LED lightbulbs be obsolete in 10 years when another hot new green technology comes along? We won’t have to wait another decade to find out. That new technology is already here: organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs.

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A renewable home energy retrofit: How we did it

Mother Earth News / Ron Davis / June/July 2015

solar-power-arrayI must admit that our transition away from fossil fuels isn’t complete. Much of what we buy — including a great deal of our food and even the energy-saving equipment we’ve installed in our home — is produced and shipped using fossil fuel energy. We can and will take further steps to wean ourselves off fossil fuels, but life altogether independent of them may not be possible in our economy without full withdrawal from it and a return to the kind of lifestyle that existed before the Industrial Revolution. Lee and I are incredibly pleased, though, with what we’ve accomplished. Reducing our carbon footprint has been a major emotional boost for us. We value knowing that our home is powered by solar energy that we, ourselves, collect, and that the good Earth shares its heat in winter and accepts our heat in summer by way of our geothermal system. Many people in our community have visited our home to check out our systems and ask us questions as they get started taking steps to cut their own carbon footprints. It’s immensely gratifying to be that example for others.

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Enbridge Home Winterproofing Program

Enbridge Gas / 29 March 2016

Take advantage of our free Home Winterproofing Program, keep your home warm and comfortable all winter, and save energy.

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Home Energy 101 course offered online

GCNews / March 2016

REEP Energy CoachREEP GREEN Solutions is offering a free online course on how to make your home more energy efficient.

Through a series of interactive videos and blog posts, the course walks homeowners through steps to make their homes more comfortable, save money, and help slow climate change.

The first lesson provides an overview of the systems and components that influence home energy use. Subsequent lessons cover topics such as:

  • attic, basement, and wall insulation
  • moisture in basements
  • choosing windows
  • deciding whether you need a new furnace
  • reducing hot water use and heating water more efficiently.
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