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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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The ecoENERGY for Homes rebate program is ending very soon, and if you are planning on taking advantage of this opportunity, you’d better not wait any longer. At the moment, there are no indications of an extension to the program. The good news is there are other tax incentives that are part of the ecoENERGY […] Read More

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In December 2011, Reliance matched all funds raised by Reliance employees through pledge forms for a total annual donation of $245,886 to the United Way. Donating to the United Way is an annual project for the Reliance team, with a goal of breaking the quarter-million-dollar donation mark during 2012. “In fact, over these past five […] Read More

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Winter’s here! For a while, it looked like we were going to get off easy, but the predictions were right, and the snow and cold temperatures are here to stay. Actually, let’s re-phrase that last statement: Fortunately, the snow and cold temperatures are here to stay. If you disagree, this month’s Better Home Blog article […] Read More

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There are five steps required to qualify for the ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes program and each of them MUST be completed by March 31, 2012. Each of these steps will take a bit of time and they have to be completed in the correct order, so if you want to qualify for this program you […] Read More

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