Category: Green Home Improvement

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

When buying your first place, keep in mind these Do's and Don’ts

So you’re ready to spread your wings and fly – into the nest of homeownership? It’s an exciting step and since it may be the biggest purchase of your life, it is also normal to feel some nerves. In fact, there’s a lot to know as the new kid on...

/ October 28, 2015

Skip these updates when selling your home

Selling your home is no small undertaking. Aside from the obvious cleaning and purging of unwanted or unused personal belongings, there are generally a few upgrades to be made in order to get the best price for your property. But it’s important to not go overboard, so we’ve put together...

/ October 26, 2015

Fall Gardening Basics: Terms to Know

If you are a true novice when it comes to gardening, here are a few basic terms to get familiar with this fall. Plant Hardiness Zones: There are nine zones in Canada ranging from the harshest “0” to the mildest “8” and each zone is further subdivided into “a” and...

/ September 3, 2015