Gas or Wood burning Fireplaces and Stoves for space heating,
Gas or Wood burning Fireplaces and Stoves for space heating:
Blackout, Consider installing Gas Fireplaces or Stoves in your house. They can work during blackouts and you can heat your house entirely with fireplaces. They are safe to run and you can prevent freeze up of your pipes and damages that they can cause.
There are several kinds of Gas Fireplaces:
1- Gas Fireplace Inserts: They are designed to be installed to replace a wood burning fireplace.
2-Direct Vent Fireplaces: They could be installed anywhere in your house, but an outside wall will be preferred.
3- Gas Fireplace Stoves: They could be installed anywhere in your house, but an outside wall will be preferred.
Rebate Program Runs from December 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014¹
Trade in allowance up to $900¹ rebate on qualified products
Qualifying Products w/Trade-In Rebate Allowances*¹
Eligible existing furnace changed out for a new: Allowance
Performance Series 59TP5……………………………………$700
Infinity Series 59TN6 …………………………………………..$800
Infinity Series 59MN7 ……………….………………………..$900
Performance Series 59SP5………………………Per SMB09-0024
Comfort Series or Payne products…………… Per SMB09-0024
Which Contractor Should I Choose
With so many advertisements and contractors offering all kinds of competitive prices and services, choosing a contractor can be mind bugling. Here are some simple tips on making your search easier.
1- Look for licensed and experienced professionals.
2- Make sure they have the following membership;
- HRAI (Heating, Refrigeration and Air conditioning Institute of Canada). Promotes a code of ethics for consumer protection and safety.
- BBB-(Better Business Bureau), an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other. Best contractors are accredited with A+.
- NATE (North American Technician Certificate), high qualification license to insure the best quality installation, recommended by top HVAC manufactures.
- WSIB- Workplase Safety & Insurance Board.
3- Make sure they have an established show room, where you can visit at your convenient time.
4- Make sure they are always (24/7) available to attend to your emergency needs.
5- Make sure the installers are insured while working at your house.
Repair or Replace?
Your air conditioning and heating system can be one of the most expensive purchases you make in your home. There are many factors to consider when determining whether or not you should repair an old unit or replace it, such as the age of the unit, overall investment costs, from initial purchase price to long term operating costs, and utility rates. To help determine whether or not you should keep your existing system, we’ve created a sample scenario to help you make your own analysis and decision. Should I Repair or Replace…Read More
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Energy Saving Tips
Heating and cooling accounts for about 60 per cent of an average home’s energy costs. Energy Saving Tips……read more
Community Energy Conservation Program
Enbridge Gas Distribution is offerring the Community Energy Conservation Program in York Region and other select areas. Complete with energy expertise and valuable incentives of up to $2,000 to qualified homeowners, this program makes it easy and affordable for you to understand and improve the energy efficiency of your home, lower your energy bills and lessen your home’s impact on the environment.
- City of Markham
- City of Vaughan
- Town of Richmond Hill
- Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
- Town of Newmarket
- Town of Aurora
- Town of East Gwillimbury
- Town of Georgina
- Township of King
OTHER QUALIFYING COMMUNITIES
- Toronto Beach Area (M4E, M4L, M4M, M4J, M1N, M4C)
- Black Creek (M3N)
- Country Court (L6W)
- Burnhamthorpe (L4W, L4X)
- Ward 30 (M4K, M4J, M4M, M5A)
- Ward 13 (M6P, M6S)
- Scarbourough Area ((M1M, M1E, M1C, M1L, M4B, M1K)
Before you can participate in the program, review the following points to make sure you qualify;
- A) You must have a valid Enbridge Gas account number.
- B) You must reside in one of the designated qualifying communities.
Get a pre-retrofit energy audit of your home’s current energy use.
An energy audit is an inventory and assessment of your home’s current energy efficiency. The energy audit will reveal areas where you can make improvements (called retrofits) to improve your home’s energy efficiency, in turn helping you conserve energy and save money.
Here’s what to expect:
An energy audit includes an inventory and thorough assessment of your home’s current heating, ventilation and cooling equipment and building envelope.
A blower door test will be conducted to determine if your home has air leakage which can cause wasted energy, uncomfortable drafts and poor air quality.
Your home will be given an energy score using the Natural Resources Canada EnerGuide Rating System – the higher the score the better.
During your energy audit, you will receive recommendations for improvements (called retrofits) that can help you maximize your home’s energy efficiency, reduce your energy bills and increase home comfort.
Energy audits will be conducted by our program’s list of approved Certified Energy Auditors (CEAs).
To qualify, you must use one of the Enbridge pre-approved Certified Energy Auditors for your pre and post energy audit.
PRE-RETROFIT ENERGY AUDIT INCENTIVE
Enbridge will pay $150 of the $350 pre-retrofit energy audit cost. (HST is not included in this cost.)
Implement a minimum of 2 of the following recommended qualified energy upgrades;
- Attic insulation upgrade
- Basement wall insulation upgrade
- Wall insulation upgrade
- Air sealing (minimum 10%)
- Window replacement
- High efficiency space heating system installation (gas furnace/boiler)
- High efficiency water heating system installation (gas)
- Drain water heat recovery system installation
- The energy auditor will advise which measures will need to be upgraded to achieve 25% annual gas savings in order to qualify of the Enbridge incentive. To help you offset the cost of the recommended upgrades, be sure to check out the available incentives offered by Enbridge and our partners.
- By getting a post-retrofit energy audit, you’ll be able to compare your new and improved energy score against the energy score your home was given prior to making retrofits. It’ll be proof positive that your energy efficiency upgrades have made a difference.
POST-RETROFIT ENERGY AUDIT INCENTIVE
If a minimum of 2 retrofits are preformed between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, and a minimum of 25% gas savings is achieved, Enbridge is offering to reimburse $350 which covers the final/post-retrofit energy audit cost ($150, excludes HST) and the payout for the initial/pre-retrofit energy audit ($250, excludes HST). These amounts will be paid in addition to the performance incentive, when Enbridge receives your audit file from the Certified Energy Auditor (CEA).