How to Apply for Hydro One Rebates on Professional LED Installation

Hydro One, Ontario’s electricity transmission and distribution utility, offers rebates on professional LED installation to commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. The Hydro One Retrofit Program is intended to assist businesses with replacing inefficient equipment with newer, higher-efficiency systems that lessen the demand on electricity.

The program includes incentives for exterior and exterior lighting, with the incentive amount depending on the type, efficiency and quality of the fixtures installed. Hydro One also provides funding for energy management systems related to efficient lighting systems.

Who Can Apply

The program is available for anyone who owns or manages a commercial, institutional, industrial or agribusiness building in Ontario. It is also available to owners/managers of multi-residential buildings that meet certain criteria.

For businesses with multiple Ontario locations, the Multi-Site Application Model applies. Check with your local utility provider to see if they offer retrofit incentives for multi-site customers.

Preparing a Retrofit Program Application

Before beginning your official application, you should first complete the relevant worksheets that are available for download on the Save on Energy website. There are separate worksheets for the prescriptive and custom programs.

To complete the applicable worksheet, you must be prepared to provide:

  • Applicant and company name and building address.
  • Details on the LED lighting fixtures you wish to install, including the manufacturer name and model and quantity of fixtures.
  • Project cost breakdown, including the costs to purchase and install the equipment, labour of the installation, and costs to dispose of or decommission the replaced equipment.

Getting Pre-Approval

Before purchasing any equipment for the project, it is important to get pre-approval for the rebate from Hydro One. All projects must be pre-approved in order to qualify.

Since the Retrofit Program incentives are based on estimated energy savings, Hydro One may request a site visit to inspect your old equipment. Hydro One recommends securing pre-approval even before signing a purchase order related to the project.

Qualifying Lighting Projects

In addition to a HVAC, refrigeration and insulation, the program offers rebates on the following lighting technologies:

  • T8 LED UL Type A (using existing fluorescent ballasts)
  • T8 LED UL Type B (requiring line voltage to be wired directly to the fluorescent fixtures sockets
  • T8 LED UL Type C (requiring external dedicated drives)
  • Energy monitoring and targeting information systems

To qualify, all LED products used must be certified for use in Canada. Check the DLC Qualified Products List for clarification.

5 Countries You Should Visit In 2019

For people who like to travel, the new year could mean new travel dreams! Time to look up all the list of holidays and long weekends and return to your bucket list of countries you wanted to visit.

Here are a couple of countries that you should add to your list this year:

  1. Brazil

Brazil holds the greatest segment of the Amazon rain forest, which implies you can encounter the astonishing wilderness visit and waterway voyage. It additionally has a decent blend of mountains and shorelines where the beautiful perspective of the Christ the Redeemer statue can be found!

  1. Maldives

The Maldives is a small tropical nation amidst the Indian Sea. It is a piece of South Asia known for its chain of little coral islands. Its tranquil turquoise shorelines, fine white sands, blue lagoons, and rich coral reefs are what make it well known around the globe. The view of being amidst sea green/blue waters is likewise Instagramable for all those looking for picturesque photos.

  1. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a little island just underneath India. It is a standout amongst the most underestimated travel goals in South Asia, and as indicated by most sightseeing sites, this is the best country to visit this year so anticipate an inundation of visitors. Much the same as its neighboring nations, there is a lot of shorelines, antiquated vestiges, sacred sanctuaries, delightful tea gardens, and assorted scenes in Sri Lanka. Being a position of harmony and calm far from the city noise, this makes it the best yoga, contemplation, and spa goal for health devotees.

  1. Taiwan

Taiwan is a little island in East Asia. In view of its key area, there is an assortment of vacation destinations to visit there. It has a decent blend of green sloping territories and blue shores. Like most Asian nations, there are sanctuaries, commemoration parks, and old avenues where you can encounter customary exercises. Beside Taipei 101, which is one of the tallest high rises in the world, a portion of the renowned places of interest incorporates the taping areas from the first Meteor Garden series.

  1. Thailand

Thailand is one of the quickest rising tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. There are flawless shorelines, holy sanctuaries, ancient ruins, and royal palaces. Beside acclaimed Thai food, you will encounter the Thai pop music, Thai tea, and Thai performing artists. Most voyagers go here to encounter the nightlife and the remarkable method for shopping at the floating market. The packaged tours to Thailand ordinarily incorporate visiting its nearby countries of Vietnam and Cambodia.

Stroller Bike Buying Guide: What to Look For

Looking to upgrade from a child bike trailer to a stroller bike? Here’s a brief stroller bike buying guide so you know what to look for in terms of safety, convenience, and accessories. These factors should help inform your decision on what’s going to be the best quality stroller bike for you.

Construction

The basket of the stroller bike may be made from hard plastic, but it’s imperative that the frame is made of a strong, lightweight material like welded alloy steel. This is a matter of safety as well as quality; your kids are your most precious cargo, after all. Check the materials and scrutinize the quality of the weld.

Ease of Conversion

What sets stroller bikes apart from their main competitors (jogging strollers and child bike trailers) is the ability to convert the unit from a bike to a stroller and back again. This feature is seriously useful for trips to the store with your kids ( since you won’t have to unbuckle your kids nor leave your equipment outside while you shop). It’s important, then, that the stroller bike is easy to switch from one mode to the next.

Manufacturers make lots of claims about how easy this is, but the only real way to tell is to try the stroller bike yourself. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find demos of this niche product in stores. The next best thing you can do is watch videos of the conversion in action (www.wicycle.com has stroller bike demos in both video and animated GIF form.)

Accessories

Stroller bikes may come with optional accessories, like trays or sun/rain shields. Some even come with detachable toys for kids who lack the attention span to enjoy the scenery. Of these, only the shield is really essential; you don’t want the basket filling up with rain when it pours!

Safety

Most people assume that a three-wheeled bike (technically a tricycle) is safer than a two-wheeler. After all, trikes are what we give to toddlers. But the three-wheel design is not necessarily better when it comes to a stroller bike. Tricycles are very difficult to maneuver along uneven terrain and up hills, and the wide turning radius makes them far from ideal for road cycling. I’d therefore endorse the old-fashioned two-wheel bicycle design over a tricycle when it comes to the best quality stroller bike.

My Fridge is Too Big!

Downsizing from a home to an apartment was not something I looked forward to, but it made the best sense given my age and health. I looked around and found an apartment that had the perfect dimensions for the furniture I wanted to keep. There was just one problem: the refrigerator. My fridge has served me well for decades and I wanted to bring it along, but the kitchen is just too small.

So, the hunt was on: I needed a small fridge best for apartments. I had seen these smaller models in restaurants and at my son’s dorm, but the style was not really something I wanted. Also, I decided to do my homework and make sure that the one I chose would last. So many of my appliances from years past had lasted for decades, while ones purchased recently had needed repairs or replacements fairly quickly. Thus, what I really needed was the best quality mini fridge in my price range.

My new apartment was the standard white and cream shades, so I was leaning towards something like that for my fridge. Various models presented themselves and I passed because the color was not right. Also, I tend to buy frozen food on sale, so I needed something that had a decent sized freezer compartment. I was even willing to sacrifice fridge space to get more freezer. That made things both trickier and easier because it narrowed down the number of models that fit this criteria.

In the end, I decided to go with a Danby fridge as they had recently gone back to making some of their products in Canada. That allowed me to support a local firm and jobs, which helps make me feel like I’m doing my part for the economy.

Home Comfort Maintenance and Repair: Heating and Air Conditioning

In the winter, your heater is your best friend when it comes to maintaining the comfort in your home. In the summer, the focus shifts to your air conditioner. However, what happens if something goes wrong? Sometimes you may need an emergency repair for air conditioning in the summer.

How can you tell if you need an emergency repair? Some of the indicators include: units that have stopped functioning completely, are not keeping your home at a comfortable temperature, turning off and on with no warning, et cetera. You should also keep an ear out for strange noises coming from your equipment or potential leaks.

If you do notice one or more of these indicators, do not hesitate to give Hogg a call! With our services, we will repair your units fast and at an affordable price, in addition to our quality work and customer service as well as a full inspection and tune-up after the repair.

Speaking of tune-ups, Hogg offers quality preventative maintenance for heating and air conditioning in Kitchener. By incorporating these tune-ups into your routine, you will reduce the likelihood of costly emergency repairs in the future. Furthermore, the life of your heating and air conditioning units will double. You will also reap the rewards of higher performance levels, energy savings, and increasing your family’s comfort level throughout every season of the year.

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When you call for a tune-up from Hogg, you do not need to worry about waiting around the entire day! Our service reduces the time waiting from the average four hours to just two hours.
When we do come to inspect, we have a detailed inspection and written health report. This report will inform you on the exact condition of your equipment as well as any recommended maintenance you need to do now or in the future. If you do need repairs, we will show you exactly what is wrong, what we should do to fix it (and the cost), and get your permission before going ahead with the work.

Maintaining your equipment is important. Remember, it allows you and your loved ones to stay comfortable year-round!

Taking Care Of Your Home

houseOur homes are a sacred place where we live, eat and sleep.  It’s the place where we spend the most time, and it’s important that we keep our homes nice and clean.  Taking care of a home is not an easy task.  There’s cleaning, repairing and many more tasks that needs to be done in order to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere in our homes.

Many of us never think to keep a budget for services we would need to keep our home the way we like it.  It also takes a lot of time and effort to make sure our house is clean and safe.  If you have young kids or newborns, it’s also very important to keep everything safe.  There can’t be any nails sticking out or paint coming off the walls.  You want your kids to be able to think of their home as a safe haven, which is why it’s so important to provide the best care to your home.  In the coming posts, I will share with you tips on home care.