Posts Tagged ‘Elctricity Rate Increase’

Wynne’s Green Revolution – Hold On To Your Wallets

May 16, 2016

Today in The Globe and Mail, it was reported that the Wynne Liberals, intend to spend 7 BILLION DOLLARS of your money over 4 years to slash Ontario’s carbon footprint. How will they do this? Well, the article in today’s paper exposes the secret 57 page Climate Change Action Plan that the Wynne government intends to execute. It is a sweeping 80 policies grouped into 32 actions that will cost our province as a whole and all of us individuals huge money in the next 20 years.

I am really interested in hearing from all my friends how they feel about this initiative and how it will impact Ontarians. Please read the Globe article and let me know what you think.

I am very concerned about electricity becoming unaffordable for average consumers over this period of time. One main change the Wynne government intends to impose on Ontarians is outlawing any form of the affordable natural gas heat we now heavily rely upon and force consumers and businesses to heat their homes with electricity. Whether by forcing them into extremely expensive electric, heat pump or geo thermal heat pump based heating systems, our costs will skyrocket.

We were recently hit with a massive rate increase because we were using “too little” electricity and the poor electricity generation monopolies complained of insufficient profit because of their reduced sales that were directly impacted by the installation of so many high efficiency systems across Ontario.

Now Wynne has the ideal plan to ensure that the electricity monopolies get the profits they want. By forcing every home and business to heat with electricity, the demand for electricity will skyrocket, and of course the rates will skyrocket as well, but the consumer will be severely battered on all levels. Firstly, the cap and trade tax which will raise the price of everything, then our heating systems will change to electricity which will drastically increase our heating costs and to make it even worse, our electricity rates will skyrocket.

I am very concerned that living in Ontario will become unaffordable for the average working class family. How many of us can afford to increase our budgets by 30%? I believe conservatively that this will be the cost of these revolutionary changes.

But as a heating and air conditioning contractor who is also an Accredited Geothermal Designer and Installer, I must thank the Wynne liberals for ensuring that every heating and air conditioning system in Ontario will require changing to very costly new systems in short order. This will definitely keep us contractors very busy and very profitable.


Low Interest Financing forFurnace and AC Upgrades

March 22, 2016

Hello my Dear Friends,

Have you been thinking about replacing your furnace, AC or water tank but it is just too expensive? Rental is out of the question due to the predatory interest rates that are being charged by the rental companies. Even financing can be costly. Well I have good news for you. The City of Toronto is offering homeowners and building owners very low interest rates for upgrades to  your heating and domestic hot water systems. You can get a 10 year commitment at 3.75%. This is simply unbeatable. Chances are if you take advantage of this offer, you will save more on your utility bills than what your payments will be so you will be increasing your cashflow from day 1.

As the summer is approaching and our hydro rates have drastically increased since last summer, most people will be shocked by their hydro bills this summer. You can protect yourself from this hit to your wallet.

Feel free to contact me to see how we can help you take advantage of this incredible offer.

Click here for more information on the Home Energy Loan Plan

Canadians tell politicians to save energy first –

February 24, 2012

Canadians tell politicians to save energy first –

Are you upset that the energy efficiency incentives have been discontinued? Were you thinking of upgrading your heating equipment to take advantage of the government incentives?

Now you have a voice. Please click on the link above and sign the petition to send a message to Ottawa that Canadians want help upgrading to high efficiency!

Beware of Drive By Pricing

December 23, 2010

Hello Friends,
Whenever I am asked to provide pricing for a replacement furnace or air conditioner, we always perform a full analysis of the home including a heat loss/gain report to ensure that our customer gets the best system for their needs. This procedure requires a 2.5 hour visit to the customer’s home. Recently, a customer asked me, “Why do you need so much time? Another contractor gave me a price in 5 minutes! Don’t you know what you are doing?”

I would like to answer this question.

The replacement of your home heating and air conditioning system is a significant investment that will dictate your comfort, efficiency and safety for the next 10 – 20 years. Only with the proper research can you be confident that your system will meet your expectations and satisfy your needs.

Some of the many questions that need to be answered are as follows.

  1. Is your home warm enough?
  2. Does your current system maintain a uniform temperature throughout your home?
  3. Are there rooms that are always too cold or too warm?
  4. Is the air in your home fresh or do you find that your home air is stale and stuffy?
  5. Is your home too dry? Is your furniture and/or hardwood floors cracking?
  6. Is your home too humid? Do you have a mould or condensation problem?
  7. Will the new air system be compatible with the existing duct system and piping system in my home?
  8. Do you have enough hot water?
  9. How will this new system affect my air quality?
  10. How will this new system affect the pressure in your home?
  11. Is your home air clean? Does anyone in your household have breathing issues like asthma and allergies?
  12. Is your existing system oversized and operating inefficiently?
  13. How much heat do you actually need?
  14. How much cooling do you actually need?

As you can see, there are so many issues that must be dealt with in order to make the right equipment selection and to ensure that your selection will work well together with your existing infrastructure.

I have been to so many homes where the client is suffering because the contractor they hired to replace their furnace just offered a quick 5 minute Drive By Quote and failed to properly assess the home and their needs.

Any contractor who makes a proposal with a 5 minute visit will not be able to propose the best system for your budget, comfort, safety and efficiency.

The CMHC Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has published a FREE guide on how to buy a new furnace, boiler and/or air conditioner. You can click here to get to the order page and you can order the printed booklet or electronic copy.

For your interest, I have put a copy of the guide below.

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See this video about what can happen if your contractor does not properly assess your needs.

Electricity Prices on the Rise

December 5, 2010

John Snobelen just wrote an article in The Toronto Sun discussing the now “out of the bag” dirty secret on our dear provincial government. We can now expect our hydro bills to increase by 100% over the next few years. This has also been reported by the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. This is terrible news for the Ontario citizen. Do you expect your income to double in the next few years? Yet the Liberal government sees fit to double our hydro rates, sharply increase our taxes and reduce our services. This is simply unsustainable. There has been a lot of doubt cast upon the viability af the FIT Program and its benefits. I have watched over the past 8 years since the McGuinty Liberals have been in power as factories close, manufacturing disappear and thousands of jobs move to China. This is due directly to the misguided policies of the McGuinty government’s anti business policies.

Please see this video of some exchange in our provincial legislature.

Boilers Part 8 – Combustion Efficiency

November 9, 2010

Today I will discuss Combustion Efficiency.

Combustion Efficiency is the percentage of heat you get from your fuel. For instance, if your boiler has a combustion efficiency of 70%, you are getting 70 cents of heat for every dollar of gas that you are paying for. The rest of the heat is going right up the chimney. This is why you can burn your hand when you touch the hot chimney of a 70% efficient appliance. You are feeling the heat that is being wasted right up the chimney.

If you think about it, you are getting burnt even if you don’t touch the chimney because you are losing/wasting so much energy.

Compare this to a DVCB which has a 95% combustion efficiency and you will see that you are getting 95 cents for every dollar in fuel used. This is a great savings of almost 30%. If you feel the vent of a condensing appliance, it is just a bit warm because you are extracting 95% of the heat from the flu gases before you send them out the vent.

With today’s high energy prices and our concern for the environment, it is a crime not to invest in a DVCB.

Boilers-Part 2 – HELP!! I Need a New Boiler! I am so confused about what to buy!

October 26, 2010

Hi again,
In Part 1, I outlined the different types of boilers available in the marketplace today. To review, there are 3 types.
1. Conventional atmospheric boilers with draft hoods. 60-80% Efficient
2. Power vented boilers 80-85% efficient.
3. Condensing boilers. 90-98% efficient.
Today I want to talk about Conventional atmospheric boilers.
Anyone with a boiler 10 years or older probably has this type of boiler. It looks like the boiler in the picture below.

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This boiler has been the workhorse of the industry for many years. They are reliable, simple and relatively trouble-free. However, there are several problems with this style boiler.
1. They have been found to produce carbon monoxide, the silent killer, when they are not meticulously maintained.
2. For this reason, the TSSA mandated several conditions for the use of any existing boiler.
3. These boilers must be thoroughly tested and checked for CO each heating season. Please see the TSSA advisory below mandating the yearly testing.

In my next blog entry, I will tell you about the dangers of carbon monoxide.

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Direct Energy Enbridge Says I Need a New Liner for my water tank?

October 25, 2010

I always get asked if the chimney liner needs to be replaced when the furnace is changed to a high-efficiency. Direct Energy tells their rental water heater customers that since the liner was intended to service a furnace and water heater, once the furnace is changed to high-efficiency, and does not vent through the chimney liner anymore, the liner is too big and must be replaced with a smaller one.

This is simply NOT TRUE. In fact it is a LIE!!

I will address this question from a safety perspective and a code requirement perspective.

Safety – This slightly oversized liner is perfectly safe. As a matter of fact, every summer, when your furnace had not been operating, have you ever experienced a problem? Surely not! Your liner is clearly venting your water heater very safely and nicely.

Code – The vent sizing charts in the gas code only specify the maximum capacity of a liner. There is no minimum capacity. The code does recommend using the smallest possible liner as a best practice. However, if an existing liner that is 6″ diameter or less has a furnace or heating boiler removed from it, the liner can be used exclusively for the water heater once the technician verifies that the water heater is venting properly. The TSSA, which is the governing body of fuel safety in Ontario, put out a specific advisory approving the reusing of an existing liner under these conditions. Please see the advisory below. Don’t let Direct Energy con you into buying a new liner. You are wasting your money.

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Warning!! Power Failure

October 24, 2010

On October 8, 2010, Terence Corcoran wrote a compelling article in the Financial Post about where our electricity rates are headed.

He reports “The government’s regulator, the Ontario Energy Board, has prepared secret forecasts of how much Ontario consumers are going to have to pay for electricity over the next five years. The government won’t allow the report to be released. The next best estimate comes from Aegency Energy Advisors Inc., in a study it did for the Canadian Manufactures and Exporters group. Residential rates are expected to jump by 60% between 2010 and 2015. Industrial customers will be looking at a 55% increase.”

These huge increases, he says, are directly due to the Feed In Tariff that George Smitherman so proudly developed and announced in October of 2009 when he was energy minister of the Provincial rates.

See the announcement of the Feed In Tariff in the video below.

Are you happy with the direction of our rates? Will you be able to afford your current lifestyle if your energy rates are 2-3 times what you are paying now?

Energy Poverty is a term coined in the UK. Middle class people are unable to afford to heat and light their homes due to the skyrocketing costs? We in Ontario seem to be headed down that road.

Please see the entire article by clicking here.

Watch this video to get an understanding of the Green Energy Act and Tariff program.

Installation Quality – Drain

September 3, 2010

Do you know that both furnaces and air conditioners create condensate, which is water that must be drained away properly. There are several perils that you will have if the drainage is not designed and installed properly.

Without proper drainage, your equipment will:

  1. not work
  2. leak and make a big mess or even flood your basement and attic
  3. sustain damage
  4. lose years of its life.

Some of the factors that require specific attention is:

  1. Drain traps
  2. Drain material
  3. Drain slope
  4. cleanout access
  5. condensate pump
  6. floor drain location

As you can see, attention must be paid to every detail of a home comfort system installation in order to avoid disappointment and disaster.