‘Green Ontario Fund’ will offer rebates for energy-efficient home renovations
TORONTO — Homeowners who complete energy-efficient renovations will be eligible for thousands of dollars in rebates under a new program announced by Ontario’s environment minister Wednesday.
Chris Ballard said the government will use $600 million over four years from cap-and-trade proceeds to establish the rebate program through a provincial agency called the Green Ontario Fund.
The program offers up to a $7,200 rebate for new insulation, up to $5,000 for new windows, and up to $20,000 for new ground source heat pumps.”Those funds are being re-invested in programs like this where we’re helping business, we’re helping homeowners fight climate change and save money,” Ballard said.
The program launched online Wednesday at GreenOn.ca. In order to access the rebates, homeowners must hire a contractor who has been screened by the Green Ontario Fund.
The new program comes after an August commitment to provide thousands of free smart thermostats to homeowners, a promise that Ballard acknowledged has rolled out more slowly than the government would have liked. Only 1,000 of the devices have been installed to date.
“The response was overwhelming,” he said. “We’ve upped that now. We’re going to be installing by springtime 140,000 thermostats. It’s a matter of making sure we have the qualified installers.”
Ballard also used the announcement to take a shot at Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown’s plan to scrap cap and trade if the Tories win the election next spring and replace it with a carbon tax system.
“All of it would be lost if the province were to adopt a Brown carbon tax,” he said. “Their program doesn’t invest in Ontario.”
PC finance critic Vic Fedeli said the minister’s claim isn’t correct, adding that the Tory plan would maintain all existing Liberal spending, including the program announced Wednesday.
“In our plan, we have $1.5 billion kept to make sure that all of the programs that are announced are kept in place,” he said. “It’s obvious that the minister is playing politics instead of actually looking at our platform before he critiques it.”
The government said buildings generate nearly a quarter of the province’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Ontario has pledged to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050
Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 10:51AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, December 13, 2017 7:07PM EST
Dust your window frames, especially the tops of sashes and window sills, every time you clean. Twice a year (or as needed), clean the trim with warm soapy water and let it air dry. In regards to mildew, spray a mixture of vinegar and water directly on the mold, and let the mixture sit. Wipe and let it dry. Then clean it with soapy water. If your window trim develops water spots (window sills are especially prone to this as water can collect on the shelf), clean them with distilled water or spray on rubbing alcohol and wipe them down. In damp rooms such as basements and bathrooms, use a dehumidifier or open the windows to allow air to circulate.
A sash window or hung sash window is made of one or more movable panels, or “sashes”, that form a frame to hold panes of glass, which are often separated from other panes (or “lights”) by glazing bars, also known as muntins. A window sill is the bottom piece of trim, or the ledge at the bottom of the window
Cladding is the application of one material over another to provide a skin or layer. Cladding is used to provide a degree of thermal insulation and weather resistance, and to improve the appearance of buildings. Cladding can be made of any of a wide range of materials including wood, metal, brick, vinyl, and composite materials. The cladding does not itself need to be waterproof, merely a control element: it may serve only to direct water or wind safely away in order to control run-off and prevent its infiltration into the building structure. Cladding may also be a control element of noise from either entering or escaping.
Here are a few great facts about decks which are available in a variety of colours ranging from grey, walnut, mocha and many more.
- Fade and Insect Resistant Looks beautiful season after season without costly maintenance and the PVC deck board blend is imperturbable to insects.
- Splinter-Free No splinters, no peeling and no flaking.
- Stable Expands and contracts less than 0.05% allowing for end to end butt joints.
- Slip Resistant Anti-skid surface is slip resistant when wet or dry.
- Fire Resistant Self extinguishes in the event of fire.
- Water Resistant Does not absorb moisture, making it ideal for your boat docks and pools.
- Low-Maintenance No painting or sealing.
- Easy To Install Works as easily as time-honored lumber using basic hand and power tools.
- Easily Fastened Effortlessly receives nails, deck screws or hidden fasteners.
- Light Weight Cellular extrusion process makes it lighter than wood and composite materials.
- Easy To Clean Impenetrable to the most common environmental substances it cleans up with mild soap and water.
- Environmentally Friendly PVC is a recyclable material and saves our precious forest resources from being depleted. It is also UV and water resistant so chemical treatments are not necessary.
Here are some great facts about having a bay or a bow window installed in your home.
Natural Light. Bay and Bow windows actually protrude out from the side of your house. They channel in natural light. A bay window is generally comprised of 3 windows and a bow is comprised of 4 or 5 windows. The center window is usually a large picture window with two side windows called flankers. Double hung and casement can be opened for ventilation. Bow windows encompass three or more windows of the same size. Extending out from the side of your home, these windows are placed on an appreciable curve to get that dramatic three dimensional effect. Both bay and bow windows will let in more natural light, increasing your view of the outdoors immensely.
Added Space. By design, a bay or bow window will make your room appear to be larger. A standard window is just a flat pane of glass that is on the same plane as your wall, however a bay or boy creates a mirage of the whole space being larger because of its extending shape. Add space or at least the mirage of it by utilizing a bay or bow window.
Gorgeous Window Seat! These windows can have a seat board at the base. This is great place to sit, relax and enjoy the view. The bay seats are a very striking part of the interior of your home. Many people utilize this space by sitting and reading, laughing and day dreaming. This seat can also be used for additional storage as this is a wall space under the unit. This is a great place for toys, blankets and pillows in a living room.
Curb Appeal. With any home repair or remodel, think about the overall effect on your homes curb appeal and value. With the addition of a new bay or bow window, or by replacing an old one with a new vinyl replacement window will only increase the value of your home.
Imagine looking out over the lake, your garden, unobstructed by hand rails or bottom rails. Frameless glass railing allows you to make a picturesque statement for you home.
Here is some information from one of our suppliers regarding their structural glass railing that can be viewed and ordered in our showroom, or the comfort of your home, and installed quickly and efficiently by our trained staff here at Prestige.
Some of the features include:
- ½” thick glass with polished edges. 2” radius on top corners standard;
- Heavy wall glass channel with deep pocket to safely contain the glass;
- Top and bottom channel caps made from ¼” thick aluminum;
- Extended support leg on bottom cap to safely support the glass; and
- Glazing spline made from high quality Santoprene.
The horizontally sliding window is the most popular residential window in use today. Loaded to provide high energy efficiency, security, ease of operation, and convenience. Locking, sliding shoe and secure pivot bar allow both sashes to slide effortlessly for ventilation and to tilt-in safely for glass surface cleaning. Lack of complicated moving parts allows the window to close tightly and firmly, effectively blocking air infiltration from outside. Having fewer moving parts is great news for energy efficiency, but it also means sliding windows have lower maintenance requirements than many other types of windows. This window can be banked together for larger openings or coupled with a picture window to create several configurations.
Sliding windows are much larger than double-hung windows. Since your eyes take in more from side-to-side than up-and-down, a larger sliding window provides a more natural view. Of course, a larger window also allows for increased natural light and greater ventilation, two other benefits of sliding windows. Some styles can be ordered as double or triple sliders for greater versatility.
Do not lean ladders against your sunroom, as you can damage or break the glass. This could cause the ladder to then become unstable and cause you to fall and injure yourself. Some sunrooms not only have lots of glass as part of the walls, but as part of the ceiling as well. You should never step onto the glass ceiling of a sunroom. The glass could break, even if your sunroom uses a glass alternative, we do not recommend stepping on it. We do suggest using scaffolding if you cannot reach the sunroom from the ground and to read the manufacturers recommendations regarding cleaning. Using a long extension brush, start cleaning the outside of the sunroom to sweep away as much loose dirt as possible. The best results are found during an overcast day. We suggest starting with the glass ceiling to ensure that nothing drips/splatters on the walls once they have been cleaned. Note – a forceful spray could damage the sealant, get inside the frames and cause leaks. Instead of using a power washer we suggest using a sponge and warm soapy water overlapping your swipes to wash the frames around your windows. When cleaning the glass you can use glass cleaners, all purpose cleaners or just soapy water, scrub with a sponge or cloth until the window is clear, rinse clean with water. For tougher dirt, add a little distilled white vinegar to your cleaning solution. When cleaning the screens, remove the screens, place them on a flat clean surface and wash, using a soft brush. Rinse well and dry completely before reinstalling. To dry the windows we suggest using a squeegee to get the window completely dry and to avoid getting water spots. General house keeping is key so every few months, remove debris from your gutters and make sure down spouts are not clogged. For the roof, remove debris using an extension pole with a brush attachment, being careful not to scratch the surface. If simple spraying doesn’t do the trick, attach your garden hose to the brush attachment, scrub with a mild soap solution and then rinse.
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Some standard features include tempered glass, heavy duty non-corrosive self lubricating hinges, strong door corners to ensure sturdiness, heavy duty closures and double weather stripping and operating inserts that stop at various positions to control ventilation.