• Economy,  Energy

    Week 49: Invest in Solar Panels

    If you live in Ontario, there have a been a lot of changes in the solar industry in the last little while. The microFIT program which paid participants for the energy they were generating is now closed but there are still a number of amazing options for installing solar on the roof of your home or business.  Net Metering: Net metering (also known as net energy metering) is a solar system that lets you store your energy on the grid. When the sun is out and your solar panels are producing excess power that energy is sent to the grid. At night when your panels are no longer producing energy, can pull…

  • DIY,  Economy,  Energy

    Week 48: Retrofit Your Home

    It’s worth taking some time to explore the different ways that you can save energy and money by making changes around your home. Some changes can be quite large and costly, but others can be small and easy to do. A lot of the smaller changes can add up over time! Sealing Air Leaks: One of the biggest changes you can make if you live in an older home is to find air leaks and close them up. Air leaks can steal your heat in the winter and make heating your home a real challenge. Make sure that doors and windows seal properly and be sure to test your insulation before…

  • Economy,  Education,  Energy

    Week 45: Live Tiny (or Smaller!)

    You’d have to live under a rock if you haven’t heard of the tiny home movement. But tiny homes might not be for everyone. Even if you have a family with kids, you might consider moving to a smaller home to lower your carbon footprint and I think you’d find some other amazing side effects from being in a smaller space! My family downsized to a smaller home about 5 years ago. The main floor is about 900 square feet and really just one big room. Here are the changes that we’ve enjoyed: Lower heating and cooling costs: It’s easier to change the temperature in a smaller space! In the winter…

  • Economy,  Energy

    Week 19: Hang Your Laundry

    Like many of the approaches to being more environmentally friendly, this week’s topic is easy to do, will save you money, and just requires a bit of planning. Hanging your laundry to dry is an easy way to reduce your electricity bill and takes almost no effort. Another added bonus: it’s easier on your clothes and will help them last longer! Here’s a great article the breaks down the benefits and cost savings.  The biggest challenge in making this lifestyle change is that you need to leave the appropriate amount of time to let your clothes dry. This amount of time will change pretty drastically depending on where you live and what your…