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Does anyone here have any experience with green driveways? We are looking to replace our driveway with something more friendly to the environment and are open to all options. I saw some that were grass and stone but do they really work with Ontarios' winters? Thanks in advance Liana

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The GreenON program is now offering rebates for Solar PV and Energy Storage systems to help Ontario homeowners use renewable electricity and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. https://www.greenon.ca/en/programs/gree ... ar-rebates

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I can't get the last drops of liquid Tide out of the jug. Any tips?

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Dear Eco-friends, I recently replaced bottled water with a water filter pitcher and feel much better. But I'm still failing on my mission to reduce plastic waste as I'm throwing away the plastic cartridges every month. What are the best eco-friendly water filter alternatives? Thanks Magnus

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I've got these solar lights from Amazon, but they come with some tiny solar panels that don't really charge without direct sunlight. Anyone know of anywhere online that I can get some larger ones? I've looked at amazon and all they've got is the exact same ones that I've already got. Specifically I ...

solar panel

Can anyone suggest some resources for tips on setting up a panel on my shed to power 10 deck patio lights? The light with built in power sold at CanTire for $9 lasted me one year. More expensive ones I tried not much better. Much appreciated and thanks.

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This whole subject of rebates is confusing. It seems like there are so many different programs, offered through so many different channels. I know this started recently https://saveonenergy.ca/Consumer/Programs/HVAC-Rebates/Getting-Started.aspx but I called them and since my renos happened in approx...

recycling

Are there any in the GTA? I'm from BC and these are everywhere giving you 5c per bottle or can, 10c for larger ones. Please let me know, from what I've heard Ontario doesn't participate in recycling for money. But I swear I've driven past recycling depots before, just don't remember where. Thanks fo...

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I saw a post on my FB feed today about this. https://www.tesla.com/en_CA/solarroof Apparently they're super strong with a lifetime warranty. I personally don't own a Tesla and I'm not sure if the amount of sunlight we receive here in the GTA is enough to offset total costs of hydro but this is a HUG...

energy

Hi Everyone, I know this is old news and most people don't do these anymore but wondering if anyone knows of a good energy auditor? I want to get an audit done and find out how I can save money. thanks T

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... started looking for a land in a suburb of GTA to build our little bungalow to live through the rest of our lives. Since this will most likely be 1.5-2 hours away from Toronto, I don't expect any natural gas infrastructure there. Given this, what would be the most sensible build especially knowing ...

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So Ontario got its first heat wave couple of days ago and I managed to ride it out without turning on the A/C, the night temps. were low enough to cool down the house. I've been wondering though in preparation for the next heat wave, since the majority of Ontarians use Time-of-Use electricity is it ...

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Ok so I have smart thermostats ( stelpro) and right now it’s about 17 degrees in the house so it’s kinda cold and we live in quebec. What are the best settings tomconfirgure thenthermostats so the house is warm but doesn’t cost too much at the same time. Should I aim for 22-24 during the day and low...

recycle

... i have noticed that there are some sort of products that are exceptions for plastic for example. I would like to know where to put these items: 1.- Orange juice jar (Simply Orange). 2.- Yogurt (Activa little containers) 3.- Bottles of water (aquafina, etc) 4.- Tuna cans 5.- Foam like containing ...

energy audit

I'm up for a new furnace and doing my research. I'm being told a lot of pros and cons about upgrading now, but this one response from one of my friends has me stumped: I was told the energy audit has significantly inflated the cost of furnaces installations over the past two years and if I wait unti...

gardening

Aylmer United Church Fundraising Rain Barrel. Barrels are $60 each and can be ordered online for pick up on June 2nd. http://rainbarrel.ca/GAtineau-ENG/

garbage

People are starting to think about the garbage waste generated by Christmas. However, when it comes to Halloween, no one has even mentioned this. Most of the cheap costumes are bad quality and made of non-biodegradable synthetic materials that may not be flame retardant. The cheap wigs usually get a...

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Hi Guys, I know this topic might have been dealt with many times. About a year ago I got free roof Solar panels from grasshopper solar. normally you get a checque from grasshopper once a year. However, I have been receiving monthly checques of about $250 from HydroOne Mississauga. I called them to f...

plastic

1. IS black styrofoam not recyclable in Toronto? 2. Also, I know U of Toronto recycles coffee cups and other waxed paper food containers, but I went to the Air Canada Centre and somehow they included black plastic trays and ...

furnace

My old high efficiency furnace has packed up. What rebates are currently available for new high efficiency furnaces?

rebates

Are GreenON/similar rebates applicable switching from programmable thermostat to smart/wifi connected thermostat?

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I can't get the last drops of liquid Tide out of the jug. Any tips?

greenon

Has anyone had expreince with the SaveOnenergy program? I had my windows updated under the GreenOn program but it only covered 10 windows (and is now cancelled). I noticed a couple of other windows that hadn't been done have leaks now. Would the SaveOnenergy program cover these other windows? Do the...

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I’m in the process of deciding whether to knock our old 1950s bungalow down and build a two story house instead. That gives me the option of choosing features with greater “eco” value. Obviously I’ll be talking to designers/architects, but I’m trying to work out whether to spend the extra and go for...

solar panels

I've got these solar lights from Amazon, but they come with some tiny solar panels that don't really charge without direct sunlight. Anyone know of anywhere online that I can get some larger ones? I've looked at amazon and all they've got is the exact same ones that I've already got. Specifically I ...

heating

Ok so I have smart thermostats ( stelpro) and right now it’s about 17 degrees in the house so it’s kinda cold and we live in quebec. What are the best settings tomconfirgure thenthermostats so the house is warm but doesn’t cost too much at the same time. Should I aim for 22-24 during the day and low...

basement

My basement is half below grade (walkout to yard) and is just freezing in the winter. I replaced the old aluminum patio door with a new highly efficient vinyl door, and installed an additional cold-air return to bring cold air from the finished area into the furnace (not the same room as the furnace...

natural skincare

What kind(s) of handmade natural bath soap do you like? Unscented Scented Color Color Free (Pure Creamy White) Vegan Soap (Made by Vegetable Oils) Reg. Soap (Made by Animal Fat) Or any others?

natural beauty

What kind(s) of handmade natural bath soap do you like? Unscented Scented Color Color Free (Pure Creamy White) Vegan Soap (Made by Vegetable Oils) Reg. Soap (Made by Animal Fat) Or any others?

soap

What kind(s) of handmade natural bath soap do you like? Unscented Scented Color Color Free (Pure Creamy White) Vegan Soap (Made by Vegetable Oils) Reg. Soap (Made by Animal Fat) Or any others?