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How to winter-proof your home

No matter how cold winter gets, we can help you stay toasty warm and fuel efficient.

5 tips to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient.

one  Get an Ultra Smart Thermostat. An Ultra Smart Thermostat, such as the iComfort® S30, is both convenient and helps save energy. With Ultra Smart features like Schedule IQ and Smart Away®, the thermostat adapts heating and cooling to match your routine and help lower energy costs substantially.
 
two  Have your furnace serviced. A properly adjusted furnace runs more efficiently, saving you up to 5% on your winter heating costs.
 
three  Seal up energy-wasting drafts. Draft guards are a cheap and effective way of stopping heat from escaping under doors.
 
four  Turn your ceiling fans to clockwise. This pushes the warm air near the ceiling down into the room, raising the room's temperature without turning up the thermostat.
 
five  Dress warmly. Wear layers of clothing, even inside the house. This will keep you warm and allow you to turn your thermostat down a few degrees, helping you save energy.

 

4 energy myths busted

Check out these common misconceptions about energy that could help you save a bundle this winter.

1. Heat pumps only heat.

Not only can heat pumps cut heating costs by up to 50 per cent, they provide energy-efficient home cooling and dehumidifying in summer months.

2. LEDs are expensive.

LED prices have come down so much in recent years, their value is clearer than ever. They pay for themselves quickly by using up to 75 per cent less energy and lasting 25 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.

3.Crank the thermostat for faster heating.

This only wastes energy. Enjoy better temperature control with a programmable or adaptive thermostat that you can adjust from any location for comfort.

4. When electronics are off, they're off.

If they're plugged in, many devices continue to use small amounts of power even after they've been turned off. This is known as “phantom power,” and it can contribute to higher energy bills.

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Are your natural gas appliances ready for fall

Your home heating system is probably the last thing on your mind during the summer. That being said, what better time is there to identify and fix any problems before the cold weather arrives? Having your furnace, fireplace and other natural gas appliances inspected by a certified technician will ensure your family's safety and comfort.

Well maintained appliances will run more efficiently, which helps you save money. It also lowers the likelihood of a dangerous carbon monoxide leak in your home or a break down during the colder months.

Enbridge gas does not inspect or service natural gas appliances.

Source : Enbridgegas .com

Update to Enbridge Home Energy Conservation Program

We are proud to inform you that the Home Energy Conservation Program, delivered by Enbridge Gas Distribution, is providing qualifying homeowners with an incentive of up to $1600. The program makes it easy and affordable for homeowners to lower their energy bills and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Find out if the homeowner qualifies:

1 - The primary home heating source must be: natural gas, electricity, oil, propane, or wood.

2 - They are an Enbridge Gas customer and have a valid Enbridge Gas account in good standing OR if they heat their home with electricity, oil, wood, or propane- they must provide a current tax bill for the property.

3 - They must use an Enbridge approved Service Organization to deliver the home energy audit. The Registered Energy Advisor (REA) will help guide the homeowner through the rebate process.

4 - They must complete at least two of the Home Energy Upgrades as recommended by the REA and achieve a minumum of 15% annual fuel savings.*

Home Energy Upgrades include:
  • High-Efficiency Furnace, Boiler or Fireplace (natural gas, propane, oil or wood)
  • High-Efficiency Water Heating System Upgrade (natural gas, propane, oil or wood)
  • Air Source Heat Pump Installation
  • Attic Insulation Upgrade
  • Window Replacements
  • Basement Wall Insulation Upgrade
  • Drain Water Heat Recovery System Installation
  • Wall Insulation Upgrade
  • Exposed Floor Insulation
  • Air Sealing

5 - They must complete pre and post energy audits from the same REA by December 31, 2017.

Receive up to $1600 in incentives:

By achieving a minimum of 15% in energy savings you can earn:

$150 - Immediate discount on their first pre-retrofit energy audit

$350 - Covering the remaining cost of your energy audits (not including HST), after completing at least 2 of the recommended upgrades and final post-retrofit energy audit

$1,100 - Towards the cost of your home energy upgrades - after your second energy audit proving you achieved a minimum of 15% in energy savings*

*Natural gas and alternative fuel savings are based on approved modeling software. Only one enrollment for incentive per household is permitted. The Home Energy Conservation Program is only available for residential detached homes, towns and semis- no multi-residential buildings or condos.

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