Small changes around the home can add up to big savings

Whether major upgrades are made or not, simple, do-it-yourself changes around the house can help homeowners realize savings on their energy bills this year.

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Here are some tips for homeowners to conserve energy this summer.

How homeowners can save more than $600 annually on their energy costs

Making energy efficient home updates this summer can make a big difference on annual energy bills.  By performing five energy efficient upgrades around the house, such as sealing leaks and topping up insulation, we calculated that Ontario homeowners could save more than $600 on their combined energy bills annually— a much-needed savings now that electricity during peak hours is double the rate of off-peak hours (as of May 1).

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Tips to Find your Dream Home and Save Money

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Spring is in the air, which means the busy home-buying season is in full swing. If you’re one of the many people on the hunt for the perfect home, remember to look beyond aesthetics and consider the inner workings of the house.

We Are Now EnerCare!

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On October 20, 2014, Direct Energy’s Ontario home services business was acquired by EnerCare Home and Commercial Services Limited Partnership (“EnerCare Home Services”) to create a single Canadian company, EnerCare Home Services.


Recognize World Plumbing Day with simple tips to save water

On March 11, people around the world will join together to promote World Plumbing Day, an annual event to recognize the role of plumbing in improving health and safeguarding the environment. This year, the event is especially significant as it’s the final year of the UN’s Water for Life Decade, a ten-year initiative encouraging countries all over the world to prioritize water sustainability.


This is the perfect time to remind people  that when it comes to water conservation, small adjustments can have a big impact.  Here are some simple plumbing tips to help you cut down on daily water use, conserve energy and save money.

Icicles aren’t so pretty if your home is at risk of Ice Damming

It’s the middle of winter, it’s cold outside and you discover water dripping on your floor.  Your roof is fairly new so how can water be getting in especially when it’s freezing outside?


One of the hottest topics I’ve dealt with recently – Humidifiers


I’ve received many questions this winter about humidifiers.  What the right setting should be?  Is it set too high, too low?   How to tell if it’s working properly, not working at all, etc.  While every home is different and there’s no exact answer, here are a collection of responses that you may find helpful.

Carbon Monoxide – Some sobering facts

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For everyone who has been following my blog for the last few years, you’ll know I’ve mentioned how dangerous carbon monoxide is.

But did you know…

Don’t get stuck in the cold. Steps to take when your furnace breaks down.

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We’ve been experiencing frigid temperatures this winter and the cold weather shows no sign of slowing down. When the mercury dips, that’s often when furnaces have issues or break down. Last winter in Ontario, when the temperature fell below -15°C, we saw a steep increase in heating system calls compared to days when the temperature was -14°C or warmer.


One Easy Tip to Save on your Energy Bill

Did you know that lowering your thermostat by two degrees could save as much as four per cent on your heating bill? Put on an extra layer and adjust that thermostat.

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For more tips on how to save money this winter with a learning thermostat check out this post.


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