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Is Geothermal a Viable Option for Anybody?

The Geothermal Advantage

I often hear from people that geothermal heating and cooling is not a practical choice for many people. Reasons cited are cost of installation and the misunderstanding that a large rural lot is required. Geothermal Explained:  Geothermal is a combination of two words. Geo means ‘of the earth’ and thermal is to ‘heat’. The earth… Read more »

Solar Energy Saves Water

Solar Energy Saves Water

Little Known Solar Energy Facts Did you know that up to 40% of all fresh water withdrawl in the United States is used producing electricity? Nuclear Energy and Coal Power Plants are the biggest water users. Natural Gas Power Plants also use large amounts of water. Solar and Wind Energy projects use virtually no fresh… Read more »

Maintaining Floor Drains

Maintain Floor Drains

Most homeowners would not realize that basement floor drains are critical for their heating and cooling equipment. Maintaining floor drains is essential. They are also there to protect your investment if unexpected water enters into your basement. What is the Purpose of a Floor Drain? Modern furnaces and air conditioners all have condensate drain lines…. Read more »

Glorious Geothermal!

Geothermal Systems

A recent article in the Globe and Mail features two geothermal installations in Ontario. Some myths about installing geothermal systems in Canada are dispelled. Geothermal systems are shown to be a very effective, environmentally conscious way to heat and cool your home. A common misconception is that we are too far north to use geothermal…. Read more »

A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan

Made in Ontario Enviroment Plan

The Ontario Government has Introduced a Made-in-Ontario Environment PlanThis plan will result in:- increased investment in Canada’s clean technology sector. – support for and continuing to uphold renewable energy-cost competitiveness in Ontario. – more jobs in the skilled trades. – increased investments in clean technology. – reduced emissions and energy bills.Solar Energy is a Critical… Read more »

What is Zuba Central?

Zuba Central Heat Pump

Zuba Central is a revolutionary alternative for heating and cooling your home. Many people know that to improve on the performance of a high-efficiency natural gas furnace, you can go to a geothermal heat pump. Geothermal systems are the most energy efficient way to heat and cool your home. Geothermal however, is not for everyone…. Read more »

Does it Pay to use a Programmable Thermostat?

It Pays to Use a Programmable Thermostat

You need to know how to use a programmable thermostat to your advantage. Most people are familiar with thermostats that can be programmed to adjust the temperature of your home at night when you are asleep, or during the day when you are at work. In the heating season, you can program down the temperature… Read more »

Solar Panels Increase Home Values

Solar Panels increase the value of your home.

When we are talking to people about solar panels, one of their first questions is: “What if I sell my house?”. A recent article by ‘Cost of Solar’ says studies in the United States are showing that buyers are paying a premium for homes with solar panels. Solar panels increase the value of your home…. Read more »

Heating the Workshop

Take a drive around South-Western Ontario to see the fall colours and you’ll also notice a lot of new buildings going up. Farmers are investing in their operations, building new barns, workshops and drive sheds.The increase in propane costs has lead to a lot of questions about how to heat these buildings more efficiently. The… Read more »

Do you Need to Humidify Your Home?

Humidity in the Home

The Importance of Proper Humidity LevelsThe advantages and reasons for using a humidifier in the winter months are not always obvious to homeowners. Maintaining proper humidity levels benefits your health, your comfort, your home’s efficiency and your investment.In Southwestern Ontario, we get a lot of cold damp days in the winter. Even on damp days,… Read more »