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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.

Home Assistance Program offers free home energy upgrades

GreenSaver.org

Fridge on dollyYour local hydro company [Hydro One in Brockville and area] and the IESO (Independent Electricity Systems Operator) have joined together under the HOME ASSISTANCE program to help Ontario homeowners and tenants make their homes more energy efficient. The HOME ASSISTANCE Program (HAP) provides income-eligible homeowners, residents and tenants with free energy upgrades in their home. HAP helps homeowners reduce their energy bills by replacing old and inefficient equipment with new equipment that uses less electricity.

The upgrades are free and GreenSaver provides the installation at no cost to you.

Free upgrades could include:

  • Energy-saving light bulbs
  • ENERGY STAR® refrigerators
  • ENERGY STAR® freezers, dehumidifiers, window air-conditioners
  • Home insulation and draft proofing
  • Low-flow showerheads
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Powerbars
  • Faucet aerators

[ PROGRAM WEBSITE ]

New ENERGY STAR score for supermarkets and food stores

Natural Resources Canada / 12 March 2015

Want to know how to drive up your competitive edge by reducing energy consumption in your stores?

On March 25, 2015, NRCan will be releasing a new Canadian 1-100 ENERGY STAR score for supermarkets and food stores in Canada. This new score will provide powerful metrics specifically created for supermarkets and food stores in Canada that will enable users to quickly understand how their buildings are performing relative to similar buildings nationwide.

NRCan will also be offering a series of webinars in order to support the launch of the new 1-100 ENERGY STAR score for supermarkets and food stores in Canada that will include information for those who are new to using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and/or benchmarking. These webinars will teach participants how to use the basic functions of the tool, with a particular focus on energy benchmarking for supermarkets, convenience stores and other Canadian food retail establishments.

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Metal roofing pros and cons

Mother Earth News / Cathy J. Flamholtz / March/April 1984

metal-roofing-pros-and-consLearn about these metal roofing pros and cons before repairing your roof. If properly maintained, metal roofs don’t have to be eyesores. Understand metal roofing pros and cons, and spot “tin tops” on just about every style and size of building around. For example, painted steel “shingles” on a beautiful older house.

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Doing more with less

Ontario Clean Air Alliance / 10 November 2014

Ontario electrical demandFirst the good news: Demand for electricity has been steadily falling in Ontario since 2005 despite a growing economy.

The province is now producing 21% more goods and services for every kilowatt hour of electricity consumed than it was in 2005. Since the depths of the 2008-09 recession our economy has steadily recovered while electricity demand has remained largely flat. Better technology such as LED lighting, computerized pumps and motors that adjust to workloads, and more efficient computer data centres are examples of the technologies driving this trend.

But there is bad news: Ontario continues to under invest in this low cost source of energy and remains fixated on spending tens of billions of dollars to re-build increasingly unnecessary nuclear reactors. For every dollar the province has budgeted for energy conservation efforts in the next six years, it plans to spend at least $5.40 on re-building the Darlington Nuclear Station.

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Schools: Improve your energy grade with ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

NRCan / Heads Up: Building Energy Efficiency Newsletter VOLUME 1, Issue 5

School districts in Canada stand to save millions in energy costs – money that could be reinvested in school programs. And the good news is that ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager can help make it happen. With the free, online energy management tool facility managers can benchmark energy and water consumption across an entire portfolio of buildings.

Benchmarking can help school districts determine the impact of energy-saving projects and budget future energy costs accordingly. Once 12 consecutive months of energy data have been collected, benchmarking is quick and easy. It requires only a few minutes a month and provides many valuable results. NRCan offers a variety of tools and resources to help get you started.

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager earns top marks for schools in the United States

School districts have been using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager in the United States for many years. The following are a few examples of what can be achieved with the benchmarking tool:

Contrary to what skeptics think, reducing energy consumption does not compromise student education. “We don’t teach in the dark”, says Eric Hamilton, director of buildings and grounds with the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools in Buffalo, Minnesota. “We just have a dark room when we leave.” The school district has avoided about US$13 million in energy costs over the last 10 years since it started working with ENERGY STAR. Another U.S. school district in North Carolina, which consists of 32 facilities, avoided US$8.1 million in energy costs over the past eight years, while the St. Tammany Parish Public School District in Louisiana avoided more than US$11 million in energy costs between 2005 and 2012.

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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