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Build energy efficiency into your home building plans

June 29th, 2009
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homebuilders Building a home takes money no matter how you cut it. Natural Resources Canada, the federal government department that administers the EnerGuide Rating System in Canada, is reminding Canadians to do their homework this summer when it comes to building a new home. Even though many Canadians perceive energy efficiency costs more, upgrades and features can save you money in the long run and reduce your environmental footprint. More information is available on this topic at

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Are your windows ready for summer?

June 18th, 2009
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When purchasing new Weather Seal windows from Primary Seal most clients will say that they would like their windows installed by us before the winter months as they associate new windows with having a warmer and more comfortable home. Also, since heating a home is expensive, the potential energy savings associated with high efficiency Energy Star windows become a deciding factor in their choice to retrofit their home.

However, the summer months can take a financial toll as well, due to the high cost of cooling your home. Air conditioners consume large amounts of electricity. As you may have heard Ontario is introducing higher electricity prices during peak times. It is at these peak times, such as the early afternoon, when it is hottest outside and your air conditioner would have to work the hardest to keep your home cool.

According to the Ontario Energy Board, effective May 1st of this year, on-peak electricity usage (11am – 5pm) will cost 9.1 cents per kWh for consumers using Smart Meters. Consumers with a Regulated Price Plan will pay 6.6 cents per kWh all the time. This means that the cost of cooling a home has increased significantly since 2004 when consumers paid as little as 4.7 cents a kWh under Government regulation.
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10 questions to ask your builder before you buy an energy-efficient home

June 8th, 2009
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(NC)—Home buyers may assume their new home is energy-efficient, but may not know for sure unless they ask. Ask these questions to be sure:

  • Any builder can claim to build energy-efficient homes. How do I know your homes are truly energy efficient?
  • Since all builders must meet the requirements of the building code, what makes your homes different from other builders’ homes?
  • How do your building techniques reflect the latest developments in housing technology?
  • What steps do you take to improve the energy efficiency of the homes you build?
  • Can you predict what my energy costs will be?
  • What makes your homes more environmentally friendly than others?
  • Are you licensed by the government to build energy-efficient homes?
  • Do you affix a government-backed energy label to the home?
  • Do independent, licensed professionals inspect the quality of your homes?
  • Do you build homes that receive an EnerGuide rating of 80 or higher or its equivalent?

The answers to these questions are contained in a brochure produced by Natural Resources Canada, the federal government department that administers the rating system for energy-efficient homes in Canada through its EnerGuide Rating System. To order a copy of the brochure or for more information call 1-800-387-2000 (toll-free) or visit

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What does the EnerGuide label really mean?

June 4th, 2009
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(NC)—Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) provides an energy efficiency rating tool for houses that could be used on all new houses built in Canada under its EnerGuide Rating System (ERS).The ERS label lets you know how your home stacks up in terms of its energy performance. It shows you, and future buyers, exactly how energy-efficient your home is. So how does the EnerGuide Rating System work? Your home’s energy efficiency level is rated on a scale of 0 to 100. A rating of 0 represents a home with major air leakage, no insulation and extremely high energy consumption. A rating of 100 represents a house that is airtight, well-insulated, sufficiently ventilated and requires no purchased energy. For a brand new house, a rating of 80 or higher is excellent. Read more…

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Home Renovation Tax Credit

May 1st, 2009
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Home renovations are smart investments in the long term value of a home and also create economic activity by increasing the demand for labour, building materials and other goods. Renovations can also reduce energy consumption and the long-term cost of owning a home.

To provide some $3 billion of much-needed fiscal stimulus and encourage investments in Canada’s housing stock, Budget 2009 proposes to implement a temporary Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC).

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