Category: Green Home Improvement

backyard composting

Beginner’s Guide To Backyard Composting

The key to a successful garden is feeding it the right ingredients. You may not realize it, but these ingredients are already lying around your house (or perhaps your trash can). Thanks to backyard composting, you can transform your food scraps and other organic waste into free soil for your...

/ June 27, 2017
phantom energy appliances

15 Home Appliances That Use Energy When Turned Off

It’s no surprise that electronic appliances use electricity when they’re on. What may come as a surprise, however, is that all of our devices continue to use electricity when they’re switched off. In fact, up to 10% of your electric bill is spent on appliances while they’re not even being...

/ June 6, 2017

Eco-Friendly Apartment & Condo Living

If you’re looking to go green in your apartment or condo, you might find it more difficult than your friends living in houses. While they can add solar panels to their roofs and grow their own vegetables in backyard gardens, you might feel like there are fewer options for your...

/ April 17, 2017

Passive House Design 101

While passively heating one’s house with solar energy has been a concept that has existed since the beginning of time, certified modern Passive Houses are a concept that came to life in Germany and Sweden in the late 80’s. The original goal of this method of home design is to create buildings that...

/ April 12, 2017

Energy Efficient Windows

It may feel like Old Man Winter is finally loosening his grip – but installing energy-efficient windows will save you money year-round. Simply put, older windows can cause heat loss in winter and heat absorption in summer that increases the cost of air conditioning. In winter, energy-efficient windows reduce heat...

/ March 11, 2017

Best of HomeStars 2016 have been announced

Today, we’re delighted to announce the winners of the HomeStars Best of 2016 Award, the 8th consecutive year of these awards.  We are proud to recognize such a dedicated group of almost 700 home professionals, from all across Canada. This award is a testament to the pride these companies take...

/ February 16, 2016

HomeStars announces Giving Back Award winners

HomeStars created the Giving Back Awards to recognize companies that have done significant charitable work in their community in 2015. We received over 200 entries and selected the 78 most deserving companies listed below, who went ‘above and beyond’ in giving back to their communities. The winning companies listed below...

/ February 16, 2016

GBA Winner: Green Thumb Landscaping

HomeStars created the Giving Back Awards (GBA) to recognize companies that have done significant charitable work in their community in 2015.  HomeStars would like to congratulate Green Thumb Landscaping for winning a Giving Back Award.  In the words of owner Tamara Konopelky, “We started the Christmas Carepack Campaign. We collected...

/ February 16, 2016

GBA Winner: Go Green Plumbing Ltd.

HomeStars created the Giving Back Awards (GBA) to recognize companies that have done significant charitable work in their community in 2015.  HomeStars would like to congratulate Go Green Plumbing for winning a Giving Back Award.  In the words of owner Jordin Funk, “I have a huge passion for the youth...

/ February 15, 2016

Best of Awards for 2016 coming soon

December marks the end of the year and the closing of eligibility for our Annual Best of Awards.  The winning companies across Canada will be announced early in 2016. Who is eligible? All companies, whether paid or unpaid, are eligible to win this award if they have lots of positive...

/ December 3, 2015