Your House As A System

Your home is a system that needs to work efficiently together.  HAAS or House as a System is a principal that ensures all parts and components in your home work together.  When it comes to renovations most home owners fail to treat their home as an integrated system which can end up creating problems down the road.     A great home will have taken into account all areas ensuring that components work together; this could be anything...

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Direct Energy Changes Your Contract Cancellation Fees

Big Contract Changes for Direct Energy Water Heater Customers Are you renting your water heater from Direct Energy? Well you may (will) want to call them before April 2st 2012.  Direct Energy has sneakily decided to change their rental contract so that they you are forced to pay a buyout fee of between 100 and 1000 bucks or more.  In a nut shell if you don’t cancel your contract now you’re locked in for life.   It’s crazy that...

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Breaking Your Water Heater Contract In Toronto

Unfortunately all companies have their own contracts and stipulations that you will likely need to abide by if you are past the 10 day consumer protection act. Most are for between 8-10 years with a set fee to break that contract early (but there exceptions). If you do decide to switch companies most will negotiate price and will actually subsidize or even pay your termination fees to get you as a client. The water heater market is...

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Grants For Tankless Are Back In Ontario

Well it looks as though the EcoEnergy audit program has been approved for another year. This was an extremely popular program put in 3 years ago that enabled home owners to receive upwards of $10000 in government grants and rebates. Technically it would be really difficult to get that much but it did provide a significant reduction on a number of home systems. Initially the ecoEnergy program was funded with over $700 million dollars...

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Lime Scale…. The Energy Thief

From the smallest homes and business to the very largest, everyone invests a substantial amount of money into heating water. The problem is lime scale buildup on the surface of water heaters, which significantly reduces heat transfer. This lime scale reduces heat transfer, decreases fuel efficiency, and will ultimately lead to equipment failure. Water naturally contains dissolved minerals such as calcium carbonate, lime, silica, iron,...

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