Tag: energy efficient

Home Automation FAQ

Many homeowners are confused, even intimidated by the terms ‘home automation’ or the ‘Internet of Things.’  While it’s supposed to make life around the house simpler, safer and more energy-efficient, some feel it would make life more complicated. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Today’s catchphrase is the...

/ April 22, 2017

Shining a Light on Home Electrical Wiring

To most homeowners, electrical wiring is a mystery. Wiring is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ – hidden behind walls, light switches and receptacles throughout your home. When something goes wrong, most are a bit intimidated, which is a good thing, since amateur wiring can be a safety hazard and even...

/ April 3, 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

Average Costs Of Keeping Your Home Warm

Oh Canada! While there are many advantages to being a small, nordic country, one disadvantage is the constant battle to keep heat inside and cold outside of one’s home. The majority of Canadian homes are heated by furnaces with the exception of Quebec, where the majority of homeowners use electric, baseboard...

/ November 24, 2016

Home Heating Systems – Which is Best for You?

Winter is just around the corner … is your home heating system up to the task? When selecting an appropriate home heating system, either for a new home or as a replacement, it helps to have a basic understanding of the different types of systems, their efficiency ratings and long-term...

/ November 7, 2016

Water Efficiency and Xerascaping for Better Water Conservation in New Homes

While Canada has an abundant freshwater supply, we are consuming it at a rate that outstrips replenishment. As water use tarrifs increase, conservation will become an essential part of any new building plan. Minimizing water use at the Archetype homes was a key aspect in their design and construction.

/ May 19, 2009

LEED for Homes Certification Announced By The Canada Green Building Council

The Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council invited a few of us media types to the Kortright Centre's new "Archetype Sustainable House" to hear about the launch of its latest program: LEED Canada for Homes.

/ March 4, 2009

Toronto Hydro’s Festive Light Exchange Program 2008

I know, I know, it’s way too early to be thinking about Christmas and the holidays, I mean, we haven’t even had Halloween yet, but as I was doing some research for another article to be posted in a few weeks time I came across Toronto Hydro’s “Festive Light Exchange”...

/ October 21, 2008
Kitchen renovation by Klondike Contracting

Smart Home Automation Systems Promote Energy Efficiency

If you’ve ever dreamt of a smart home where your security, HVAC, audio and video systems were controllable at the touch of a button, Brack Electronics is one of the companies that does this work. Now, however, they’ve taken their system integration knowledge a step further and have made it...

/ October 9, 2008

Ecopods Make a Quick and Easy Low-Impact Retreat, Guest Cabin or Artist’s Studio

When I went to the Fall Home Show a few weeks ago, I came across some really interesting exhibits. One of the ones that got my attention was of the old shipping container turned living space. The idea behind Ecopods is to take empty shipping containers that are sitting around taking up space and turning...

/ September 30, 2008