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2014 Enbridge Community Energy Conservation Program

2014 Enbridge Community Energy Conservation Program

 

Enbridge has recently updated the 2014 Community Energy Conservation
Program. For homeowners living the designated postal codes this provides an
opportunity to upgrade older equipment while improving the overall energy
efficiency of your home. Measures as simple as replacing an older furnace or
boiler with a high efficiency system and improving air leakage around the
home can qualify you for a significant rebate. Renting an energystar water
tank or tankless unit along with a new high efficiency furnace or replacing
an old boiler and water heater with a combination boiler also qualifies for
the rebate. For further details visit knowyourenergyscore.ca or call The
Home Inspectors Group at 416-276-2706 to discuss the audit process.

You can also download the pdf here.

Toronto Furnace Report 2013

With Fall coming up (and winter soon after), we’re here to help with our Toronto Furnace Report for 2013! Since 2007, Toronto’s average energy bill has gone up almost 50%. To help with this, we created a helpful infographic about how air-forced furnaces can help lower your bill. Since 60% of your bill comes from your heating/cooling systems, it’ll have the more impact than anything else.

 

Toronto Furnace Report 2013

Toronto Furnace Report 2013

How Do Building Materials Affect My Home’s Energy Efficiency?

Building Materials

Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theentiremikey/4613803278/

This is a guest post by Jason Wall, an HVAC technician with Griffith Energy Services for more than 23 years.

Homes can be designed and customized to allow for all kinds of living needs and preferences, but no element of a home is as nuanced as its indoor climate. In my twenty-something years of working with clients, I’ve talked occasionally with some who were frustrated or disappointed with their energy efficiency. Despite installing cutting-edge systems (and keeping them well-maintained,) their systems fail to meet their efficiency and performance expectations.

This is because there are countless factors that can significantly influence the air quality and temperature inside one’s house. While having an appropriately sized, installed, and maintained system is obviously a substantial part of creating a comfortable indoor environment, there are several more factors mostly outside of our influence: outdoor climate, wind, sunlight, and humidity. Homes can be redesigned to be more efficient – but unless a homeowner has the means or desire to reconstruct their homes brick by brick, it can be implausible to fully redesign a home for ideal materials and passive solar design features.

However, considering how a residence’s architecture and building materials influence indoor climate should absolutely be a priority for energy-conscious home seekers and designers. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you’re thinking about house design:

1. Look for where windows are placed

The materials and placement of a house’s windows have an enormous influence the indoor temperature by affecting the amount of sunlight and wind entering the home.  If you’re in a warmer area, leaving windows exposed to the sun without design features like overhangs to create shade can result in enough heat gain to make the indoor environment uncomfortable. Likewise, those in colder climes should consider leaving windows exposed to allow plenty of sunlight. Windows installed to the north and south of a home actually cause a lower cooling load ? and may even result in allowing you to run smaller equipment to achieve your cooling needs. This is due to what is called southern exposure.

2. Inspect window materials and glazing

The thickness and amount of glaze on your windows can result in a great difference to your heat gain. More glazing is better for warmer climates, since it blocks out more light. Installing lighter glazed windows in cold regions will result in better heat gain. Your selection of frame also has a big impact on how you retain heat. Metal frames can conduct more heat, making it the clear choice for the cold. However, wooden or vinyl is better at deflecting heat. Additional features to consider adjusting your sunlight exposure are skylights, overhangs, shutters, window films, and shades.

2. Consider alternative flooring materials

Any type of flooring that isn’t airtight risks air leakage ? resulting in poor insulation from the elements. Areas with extreme insulation needs may benefit from larger panels of linoleum or sheet metal. As with any element of your home, any type of material that limits leaks or warping over time is ideal. But most homeowners opt for more inviting wood options, which is an understandable choice. Instead of investing in expensive hardwood selections, consider bamboo flooring. Bamboo is hardy, inexpensive, and easily replaced. Best of all, it doesn’t sacrifice the wood-grain appearance that most homeowners value. While there are some concerns about bamboo flooring, it can be an excellent choice for the right circumstances.

      3. Know what kind of roof works for you

Roofing and HVAC efficiency are closely related, and the right roof can make a difference of several degrees towards comfort. Areas with extreme heat should have reflective roofing (such as metals or polished tile) with light colors to avoid absorbing thermal energy. On the other hand, darker colors with matte finished tiling can store heat very well. The roof’s design can also reflect heat; flat roofing can be very poor at mitigating heat, whereas highly angled roofs are effective.

In addition to these tips, always consider the type and thickness of your insulation, airtightness of all entries, and the reflective properties of the siding of your home. A smartly designed home can make your HVAC system more efficient when you need it the most. For further advice and detailed technical information of how building materials can affect your energy efficiency, see this handy pamphlet.

What is your experience in dealing with energy efficiency in your home? What other tips do you think home designers should consider in making a home better with heating and cooling?

Enbridge Community Energy Conservation Program

Just when you thought there would never be another rebate for your home… Enbridge is currently running a highly targeted rebate program aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of homes in the Beaches, Riverdale and The Junction.

111,745 homes may qualify for rebates of up to $2000 for making a minimum of two energy improvements.  Examples can be replacing old gas heating furnaces or boilers, replacing old gas water heaters, adding draft proofing, and insulation.

The qualifying postal codes are: M4E, M4L, M4M, M4J, M1N, M1E, M1C, M1L, M4B, M1K, M4K, M4J, M5A, M6P & M6S.  Check the website below for updates in case other neighborhoods are added to the list.

The process is very similar to the Ecoenergy rebates that ended in 2012.  You must contact an Enbridge approved energy audit company who will perform a blower test and an in-home assessment of your property, you then make a minimum of two improvements based on the auditor’s recommendations, and lastly you have a follow up visit from the audit company who take care of the paperwork for you.

We recommend you call The Home Inspectors Group as they have extensive experience with these audits and the paperwork.  You may call them at 416.276.2706 or visit www.thehomeinspectorsgroup.com

This program is scheduled to run through to Dec 31, 2013. Visit the Enbridge Program website for more information: http://www.knowyourenergyscore.ca/community-energy-conservation

 

Enbridge Community Energy Conservation Program

Enbridge Community Energy Conservation Program

A Home Owners Guide to Water Heating

There are many different types of water heaters. It depends largely on how much water you use and what your budget is. An interesting fact is that 90% of the energy used to wash clothes goes to heating water. We service everything from air conditioners in Toronto to hot water heaters. So we put together an infographic to help you understand the different type of hot water tanks and some interesting information around it. Hope you like our infographic called a Home Owner’s Guide to Water Heating!

 

Home Owners Guide to Water Heating

Baxi Boiler Problems…Or Issues of Application & Execution

Baxi boilers have earned a dubious reputation in the Toronto area that is largely undeserved.  As one of the first combination boilers available in the Toronto market the brand has suffered from early adoption made worse by both poor application or installation and a lack of understanding on the part of subsequent home owners and service companies.

To provide some context: the concept of a “combination or combi” boiler capable of heating radiators and domestic hot water was first developed in the early 1900s.  The modern version of wall hung combination boilers have been used in Europe for more than 35 years and have been installed in Toronto since the mid 1990s.

The advantage of combi wall hung boilers is the fuel efficiency of the unit, the space saving of a single unit to fulfill both space and domestic water heating, as well as the versatility to operate with radiator, radiant in floor, and ducted hydronic fan coil systems.

Like any new, exciting, and energy efficient product, when the Baxi first appeared it was jumped on by early adopter Toronto heating contractors who saw the potential applications, as well as energy conscious homeowners who were used to seeing wall hung boilers in Europe and Asia.  As anthropologist, Morgan Gerard points out “early adopters are typically described as curious, adventurous consumers who buy first, talk fast and spread the word to others about the pros and/or cons of what they have purchased”.   Essentially they know they are ahead of the curve, and are more aware that they open themselves to potential issues of cutting edge products.

The growing pains with the Baxi lay in discovering the ideal circumstances in which to install the boiler, and then how well these systems operate over the medium to long term.  Most new equipment is tolerant of a less-than-ideal application for 1-3 years, but then, sometimes persistent, issues may begin.

Unfortunately, this is where subsequent homeowners began to question the quality of the Baxi, rather than seeing the application as the root cause of a breakdown.  In Toronto, these circumstances were exacerbated by service contractors who either did not understand the equipment parameters, or became too focused on the “box” and did not step back to look at the piping, application, or both.  Certain large rental organizations also installed the Baxi boiler with air handlers in circumstances that caused massive short cycling of the boiler – imagine constantly turning your car off at every stop sign and then turning the ignition back on again; multiply by 365 days a year and you get the idea.

It is unfortunate in these situations that the manufacturer is tarred by poor installation practices, a situation made worse by consumers not understanding that the boiler is not actually the root cause of the problem.  Indeed homeowners logically started focusing their frustration at the boiler, instead of stepping back to examine the larger application, and this is largely an issue of perception.

Consumers commonly treat a boiler purchase like shopping for a refrigerator.  They tend to lock in on a particular brand, and perceive themselves to be astute shoppers by phoning several companies to compare pricing, or going online and reading consumer reviews of installation companies as a method of due diligence.

Either method is compromised because it presupposes there is no difference between company A, B, C or, (heaven forbid!) D, or E when it comes to what they will suggest and how they will install the equipment.  Malcolm Gladwell’s observation bears remembering “We have come to confuse information with understanding.”

It is vital to remember that the cost of installing a boiler is not just the cost of installing the “box” on the wall, but is rather the knowledge of the manufacturer’s specified piping practice combined with experience in application, skill in execution, and the depth of resources to support the product over the medium to long term.

Clients who allow themselves to be strongly influenced by consumer review websites are simply yielding their decision making ability because they do not understand how to shop for a boiler.  In the same manner, clients working with general contractors assume the contractor has their best interest in mind when suggesting heating equipment.  A consumer is always better off knowing the mechanical contractor on their project, as they will have to have a relationship with that contractor for maintenance and service for many years to come.

As a tip, focus on three service companies who are well established in your community, and whose trucks you see on a somewhat regular basis – this gives you more indication of who works in homes like your own more than anything you will find online.

In our experience installing high efficiency wall hung boilers, application and piping practices are the predominant cause of boiler breakdowns, followed by a lack of maintenance by homeowners.  In the case of the Baxi, it is clear that the unit is robust.  Recently, this article appeared in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: http://www.newsusa.com/articles/article/wall-hung-boilers-survive-superstorm-sandy.aspx

Even though a homeowner cannot be expected to know how to properly pipe a boiler they certainly know when something looks right.  Below I have included a couple of visual examples of Baxi boiler installations so you can see what I mean.   The first two photos are a Baxi boiler and piping installed by others.

Baxi Boiler Piping Wrong
Baxi Boiler Piping Done Wrong

Now here are a couple of examples of Baxi and piping installations by Belyea Bros. Heating & Cooling. Consumers need to be aware that large descrepencies in installation estimates should be a warning sign. When it comes to heating and cooling your home, you need to spend more time finding the right company than the “best price” (i.e. the lowest), as you very often get what you pay for.

Baxi Boiler Done Right
Baxi Boiler Piping Done Right
Baxi Boiler Piping Done Right
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Experts in Heating & Cooling Older Toronto Homes ®

Guest Post: Maintaining Safe and Efficient Heating when You Need it Most!

The heating system in your home is vital to your family’s comfort. When temperatures plummet and the snow begins to fall, you need to know that you can rely on that furnace or boiler to work even in the toughest conditions. However, this won’t happen on its own. You need to invest time caring for the system in order to get the most out of it. Maintenance cleanings should be at the top of your list, but there are other steps you can take to ensure the safe and efficient operation of your heating system this winter.

Furnace Repair

Important Maintenance Steps for Your Furnace or Boiler

  • Yearly Clean and Check: Every furnace and boiler manufacturer will require regular maintenance on the system as part of their warranty coverage agreement. Not maintaining the system professionally will lead to voiding of the warranty. This fact alone is proof of the important role that maintenance plays. Having an HVAC professional clean and assess the system for problems on a yearly basis will prevent problems and breakdowns when you need the system most, and it is the first step towards properly caring for your furnace or boiler to ensure total home comfort.
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  • Filter Replacements: If you have a forced air furnace in the home, cleaning the system yearly is not enough to ensure proper function. You need to keep on top of filter replacements as well. The filter not only cleans the air in the home, but it also protects the system from the harmful effects of dust, dirt, and debris build-up in between yearly maintenance checks. Running the system without a filter will quickly lead to a breakdown. On the other hand, not replacing the filter frequently enough will also lead to a breakdown. A filthy filter will restrict airflow through the furnace, and the system will protect itself from damage by shutting down until adequate airflow is restored. The typical filter should be replaced on a monthly basis. Make this habit a regular part of your monthly home maintenance and enjoy a functional furnace and consistently clean air.
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  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Both furnaces and boilers pose a carbon monoxide risk in the home if they are not well cared for year after year. These systems have a heat exchanger that is used to transfer heat throughout the home. When this component becomes cracked from poor maintenance or malfunction, carbon monoxide could leak into the home. Your maintenance technician should check for this during your yearly cleaning, but in between cleanings, you need to have functional carbon monoxide detectors in the house. Test these units and keep them plugged in at all times. They will sound the alarm when carbon monoxide levels are high, and having them in your home could be the difference between an inconvenience and a disaster.
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  • Duct Cleanings: For those furnace owners out there, you also have duct work in the home that should be maintained every 3 to 7 years depending on the conditions in your home. Filthy duct work will impact the health of your family and could impede the energy efficiency of the furnace. Find a local duct cleaning company with an impeccable reputation and have your ducts assessed. You will notice the difference, and the best part is that this maintenance check doesn’t have to be completed every year! Pet owners and those with severe allergies may need it done every 3 years or so, but most homeowners will only need to have the ducts cleaned once every 5-7 years.
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  • Bleeding Your Boiler: The boiler in your home can accumulate pockets of air during the off season that can affect the system’s performance. These pockets can become so bad that they cut of heat to entire room. In order to remove air from the system and improve efficiency and comfort, you need to bleed your boiler. If you have never done this before, have your favorite HVAC technician complete the job the first time around and pay close attention. Most technicians will show you how to do this simple maintenance step.

 

Keep these tips in mind every winter, and get to work. Many of us take home comfort for granted, until it is gone and we experience a breakdown. Have a reliable HVAC contractor on your side to keep your system running well when you need it most.

Author Bio: Kate Miller is a copywriter and web marketing specialist for Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning in the Chicagoland area. Her blog 24 Hour Heating and Cooling News covers everything from heating and air conditioning to home improvement and plumbing. Check out her articles for helpful tips and advice any homeowner can use around the home.

The Perils of Door-to-Door Water Heater Rental Sales People

Door to Door

Despite many articles regarding the perils of door-to-door water heater rental (featuring sales people pushing anything from locked-in utility rates to rental furnaces and water heaters) many  unsuspecting consumers in Toronto continue to allow equipment to be installed without understanding what contracts they have signed or who they are dealing with. Toronto writer Ellen Roseman has written extensively about this issue in the Toronto Star and on her website: www.ellenroseman.com

 

To be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with renting mechanical equipment in your home. Rental agreements can make life simple and straightforward for homeowners trying to get a handle on their monthly budgets, landlords, people who are only planning a short-to-medium (3-7 years) timeframe in their homes, or those who just want some peace-of-mind when a critical piece of equipment breaks.

 

There are, however, those whose business plan appears to have little consideration for homeowners.  Their system seems to work along the following lines: A company will send multiple door-to-door sales agents to work their way systematically through a neighborhood.   On the surface are personable and charming. They seem confident and well educated.  On any given day these sales agents may knock on the doors of 70-80 houses and sign up 6-10 rental contracts, which means that a few months down the road there will be 6-10 unhappy customers within a 10km radius

 

The “warning sign” statements they make may be any combination of the following:

  1. We are here from your utility / current water heater provider / local municipality.
  2. New regulations mean you have to replace the venting system on your water heater for safety reasons.
  3. Your current water heater is full of sludge (they may even show you a jar of silt-filled water).
  4. Your current water heater is not energy efficient.

 

Regardless of what service is being provided the best way to deal with someone who shows up on your doorstep is to ask what company they work for and request  identification to support this.  If you are interested in renting a water heater it is best to let them know that you will look at the company website and call for a scheduled appointment.  These door-to-door agents are paid a flat fee for each contract they sign up and, because they have a low closing rate, they may become pushy or insist on coming into your home; this is often an instant indicator of an unreliable company.  Remember, if you let someone enter your home it can be highly unpleasant to get them out again.

 

At this point you might wonder why a salesperson would use such pushy tactics with a homeowner, but you have to remember that the majority of rental companies are large “home service” marketing companies.  If you actually managed to find one of their non-virtual offices it would resemble a marketing firm more than a mechanical contracting business.  HVAC contracting offices come in all shapes and sizes, but you will know how authentic they are within about 30 seconds of walking through the front door.

 

Incredibly, especially given how much some heating, cooling and domestic hot water equipment costs to replace, people very rarely take the critical step of visiting a company’s office; which we wouldn’t do for most other products in this price range.  Keep in mind there is an incredible difference between an office and a flashy showroom. Several years ago there was a heating and cooling company in downtown Toronto that had what was often described as a “million dollar showroom”, but when you walked around to the back of the shop there was only ever one truck…and it was parked.  They are no longer in business.

 

A flashy showroom is no more an indication of a solid, reputable business, than a flashy website.  Mechanical businesses feel like mechanical businesses, meaning you will see technicians, office people, system consultants, phones ringing, and trucks rolling around.  In a business where the equipment installed in your particular basement looks entirely different than it might look on a pedestal, a showroom  should be replaced with  a meeting room where you can have a cup of coffee and talk about options.

 

But I digress.

 

The worst example of a door-to-door salesperson taking advantage of a client we have experienced happened in December 2011.  An elderly gentleman called in to ask about tankless water heaters.  He sounded unsure about them and I answered a few of his questions.  He wasn’t sure what he had in his home and then explained to me that he was in his mid-eighties, was confined to his wheelchair, and could not go down into his basement to even see the condition of what was there.

 

A door-to-door sales agent had come to his home, thought he had an easy mark, and had attempted to convince the elderly gentleman to sign up for a tankless unit that rented for twice the cost of the natural draft tank that was in his home.  One of our system consultants visited the home, discovered the existing water heater was in rough shape, and did need replacing; however, the tankless was overkill and was clearly a sales agent trying to take advantage of the situation. Unfortunately, more often than not, it is retired homeowners and the elderly who end up in these circumstances.

 

With that being said the please take this knowledge with you: Water heater rentals are a great solution for many homeowners.  Door-to-door sales agents for companies that try to sound like government agencies or utilities – well, I suspect you can figure that one out.

 

It is best to visit the office of the your equipment provider and deal with local businesses who will take responsibility for the work they do in your home. You will have a more satisfying experience in keeping your family comfortable and your home functional and efficient. So do some research, read some reviews, and make the first move and when the salesperson knocks on your door you will already have it covered.

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Annual Carbon Monoxide Test for Natural Draft Boilers

It is always a good idea to have your mechanical equipment checked on an annual basis.  This ensures that your system maintains maximum efficiency, helps maintain the manufacturers warranty, and, in specific cases, is the law.

The Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) is a not-for-profit, self-funded “delegated administrative authority” that administers and enforces public safety laws in various sectors under Ontario’s Technical Standards and Safety Act.  The TSSA issues various directives that govern industry compliance as it relates to Gas Technicians.

As a safety measure, a gas technician is required by law to inspect a natural draft boiler between October 15, 2012 and December 31, 2012 (at which time further guidance will be issued).  This is a continuation of an inspection programme that has been in place for the last couple of years.  A natural draft boiler is a boiler that vents up your chimney and uses combustion air from the boiler room or basement to function.  Part of the inspection is to perform a Carbon Monoxide (CO) test, affix a CO test tag to the piece of equipment, and ensure that there are functioning CO detectors in the boiler room and the home.

You may read a copy of the TSSA Directors Order by clicking here.

If a technician finds that the boiler is over 100 Parts Per Million (PPM), the acceptable level of CO, they are required to take corrective action or Red Tag your boiler and shut the gas off to the appliance.  While this can be a major inconvenience in the winter it is a significant safety issue and a technician cannot deviate from the rules as they are individually responsible for ensuring that an appliance is operating safely.

Unless a boiler is in a total state of disrepair this situation may be mitigated by performing a carbon clean to bring the CO levels down to an acceptable level.  This may require a second visit to schedule the required amount of time (a carbon clean may take anywhere from an hour to a full day).  There is no guarantee that a carbon clean can resolve the situation in all circumstances, so if the boiler is over 20 years old it will sometimes make sense to replace the aging piece of equipment.

Remember, this is a safety issue, and while it may be frustrating to be told that a technician has to turn the heat off in the middle of winter, it is for the protection of your family and must be taken seriously.

Did you know?

  • HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
  • In North America, HVAC contractors have the second highest rate of failure after restaurants

Source: BDR Consulting

  • The average HVAC company remains in business for less than 5 year

Source: BDR Consulting

  • The life expectancy of most residential heating and cooling equipment is 14-16 year

Source: Carrier Corp.

  • Belyea Bros. Limited has been in continuous operation for over 100 years
  • In a typical Canadian home, approximately 54% of energy costs are related to heating & cooling equipment, and a further 20% in heating domestic hot water…That’s almost 75% of home energy usage related to only 3 appliances

Source Hydro Quebec

  • The efficiency of heating & cooling equipment declines over time, especially when equipment is not maintained

Source: Carrier, Trane, York, Lennox

  • The average 10 year old furnace wastes as much as 45% of the heat it produces

Source: City of Toronto

  • The average age of the equipment we replace is 20 years old…That means homeowners are running equipment past the industry expected lifespan to a point where energy efficiency is substantially reduced
  • In the United States, the average replacement cycle of residential HVAC equipment is every 13 years

Source: Trane & BDR Consulting

  • In Germany, the replacement cycle is every 8 years

Source: Viessmann

  • Many consumers complain to us that their mechanical equipment “just doesn’t last as long as it used to.”
  • The average Canadian buys a new television every 3 ½ years

Source AV Forum

  • They replace their car every 5 ½ years

Source: J.D. Power & Associates

  • The top reason most consumers give for upgrading their car?  Fuel efficiency

Source: AOL Autos

  • A recent University of Toronto study of residential air conditioning made some startling discoveries…

-          64% of Canadian homeowners set their thermostats at a chilly 22°C or lower

-          30% set their thermostats at a frigid 20-22°C

-          20% set their thermostats at an arctic 19°C or lower

-          48% of homeowners admitted they do not know how much energy they consume

-          47% of homeowners don’t know how much they pay for electricity each month

-          15% of homeowners don’t know how much electricity they use each month, but do not care how much they consume

-          77% of homeowners are unaware that their heating and cooling systems are the biggest energy users in their home

-          Only 12% of homeowners plan to upgrade their heating and cooling systems to more efficient ones

  • The optimum temperature for balancing energy efficiency with comfort is 25°C in the summer & 20°C in the winter

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • Maintaining your home humidity between 30-50% increases the “heat index” inside you home making 20°C feel like 24°C

Source: Department of Energy

  • You can save as much as 3% off your energy usage for each degree you raise your thermostat in the summer or lower it in the winter

Source: Natural Resources Canada

  • Increasing the thermostat from 22°C to 24°C during the summer months can save up to $253 on the annual energy bill

Source: University of Toronto

  • If you add up all the cracks, gaps and openings in the average Toronto home, you would end up with a 2.3 square foot hole

Source: City of Toronto

  • Based on the average number of heating hours in Toronto (2600 hours), if your furnace or boiler were a car travelling at 40 km/h it would travel approximately 104,000 kilometers a year

Source: Trane Canada

  • Based on the average number of cooling hours in Toronto (600), if your air conditioner were a car travelling at 40 km/h it would travel approximately 24,000 kilometers a year

Source: Trane Canada

  • The estimated cost of repairing residential HVAC equipment that is not maintained is $3300 within the first 10 years

Source: Service Net

  • Replacing your furnace filter every 2 months can increase it’s efficiency by up to 50%

Source: Greenest City

  • Performing regular maintenance on your furnace and air conditioner can save up to 30% of fan energy and up to 10% of space conditioning energy use

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • Topping up the insulation in an attic can save up to $75 on the annual energy bill. Boosting insulation levels in the basement can save up to an additional $120 per year.

Source: University of Toronto

  • Sealing air leaks around the baseboards and attic hatch, caulking drafty windows and air sealing the basement headers can result in a savings of up to $245.

Source: University of Toronto

  • Using a programmable thermostat can reduce your heating and cooling bills by as much as 10% a year

Source: Greenest City

  • A tankless water heater can reduce gas consumption for heating domestic hot water by 48% per year

Source: Enbridge

  • Taking a 5 minute shower head with an efficient, low-flow showerhead uses 50% less hot water than one bath

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • An energy saving showerhead can reduce your hot water use by up to 30%.  In one year, that could save over 28,000 litres (6167 gallons) of water.

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • Many European dishwashers heat their own incoming cold water and are almost 90% more efficient than the units that were manufactured 25 years ago

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • The average dishwasher uses 41 liters of water per cycle. 5 minutes of rinsing dishes under a regular faucet uses up to 95 litres of water.

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • Washing laundry in cold water can save up 4% in hot water energy costs

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • Newer energy-efficient washing machines can save 27%-42% in both energy and water use

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • Front loading washing machines use as much as 40% less water than top-loading machines

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • A clogged filter in your clothes dryer can increase energy usage by up to 30%

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • The average household does 37 loads of laundry per month, using 6817 litres of water

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • The small things matter – A leaking faucet at one drop per second (2 millilitres per minute) uses 1037 litres of water per year

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • The average household does 37 loads of laundry per month, using 6817 litres of water

Source: Toronto Hydro

  • You know why we say we’re the Experts in Heating & Cooling Older Toronto Homes™?  Because we know stuff.

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