Category: Green Home Improvement

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How To Get Rid Of Old Furniture Without Throwing It Out

Getting rid of your old couch or bookcase? You don’t need to set it out on the curb – pass it down or transform it into a cute tchotchke. Here are some way to repair or recycle your furniture. Make it about the kids Summer’s done with but the kids...

/ September 6, 2017
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How Much Do You Really Save During Off-Peak Electricity Times?

Canadians are blessed (or cursed, depending on your feelings towards winter and summer) with living in a country that has four seasons. However, unlike Antonio Vivaldi’s famous violin concerto, paying for energy bills throughout the year is not always music to our ears. Homeowners, small businesses, and renters alike may...

/ August 30, 2017
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Guide To Home Aquaponics

DIY Aquarium Gardens: An Introduction to Home Aquaponics If you’ve ever wanted to combine your love of fish with your love of gardening, then aquaponics is exactly what you’re looking for. That said, it’s also a great solution if you live in an apartment with no place for a garden,...

/ August 15, 2017
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Energy Saving Tips For Summer

With the crisp spring air gone and the flowers all bloomed, you have probably dusted out your barbecue grill and cleaned up your yard for some summer fun. The weather is certainly fabulous and all you want to do is enjoy the much-awaited warmth. Many people think that winter is...

/ August 8, 2017
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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
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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