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In Ontario and surrounding areas, this summer has been tremendously hot and most of the energy used by HVAC systems goes into cooling your home. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to use your air conditioner more efficiently and to decrease the amount of heat entering your home.  Increasing the efficiency of your air […] Read More

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During our hot, humid Ontario summers, most of the energy used by HVAC systems goes into cooling your home. By implementing three simple steps, you can increase the efficiency of your air conditioner, which will ultimately save energy and extend the life of your cooling system. Here’s what to do: Avoid taxing your air conditioner: Wait […] Read More

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In Ontario and most parts of Canada, we've had yet another incredibly dry summer. While many of us have been more than thrilled with what seems like endless sunny days, lawns everywhere are feeling the brunt of the dryness. For many homeowners, dealing with their lawns during these intense dry periods can be a frustrating […] Read More

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Reliance is a leading sponsor and project manager for the Green Home Makeover project in Peel – a Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) initiative to select one home to participate in a free Green Home Makeover. The Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan (SNAP) Makeover will show residents how to save water and energy and […] Read More

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The warm weather is upon us and it brings the return of our favourite summer pastimes. Whether you are planning a family vacation, swapping your winter boots for flip-flops or preparing your vegetable garden, we all have something we really look forward to in the summer months.   For many, the month of May signals […] Read More

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Solar power and the production of personal photovoltaic panels have come a very long way during the past decade. Solar-powered billboards line the highways, and some vacant warehouses and manufacturing buildings’ roofs have found their niche as unobstructed solar panel fields.  Has the technology and production advanced enough that it can power a small home […] Read More

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Each year Earth Day picks up more momentum and provides an invaluable opportunity to learn more about protecting our environment. David Brower said, “We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children,” and there isn’t a better opportunity to teach them these lessons than Earth Day. This coming Sunday is […] Read More

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As a child, learning to ride your bike without training wheels and being allowed to ride on your own was freedom. Throughout the beginning of the 20th century, cycling was one of North America’s most common pastimes, and world-renowned venues like Madison Square Garden were constructed to host races. The importance of eco-friendly transit and […] Read More

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In 2007, the dates when we spring forward and fall backward (or lose an hour and then gain an hour) changed with the intention of reducing energy consumption. The general theory was that the change would make people turn their lights on later in the evening, effectively reducing energy consumption. The question is does it […] Read More

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With spring here, it's time for allergy season. For many people, being outdoors during this time can become a miserable experience, which means staying inside away from the pollen and dust can be a better and healthier choice. However, allergens can easily be brought into any home on clothing and footwear, and this can make […] Read More

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