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Because it is in direct contact with the ground, your basement will always be somewhat cooler than the other floors of the house. But when hot, humid air makes its way to the basement, it tends to condense on the …

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An estimated 12% of Quebec homes use oil as an energy source for heating. Oil is sometimes stored in aging tanks and can be an environmental hazard. In Quebec, the average oil tank age is 28 years old. If you …

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Changing your habits can really pay off! If you lower your thermostat setting by 1 degree Celsius for the whole winter, you could knock 5% off your yearly heating expenses. Do you really need to keep the temperature as high …

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Inadequate ventilation inevitably generates excess humidity caused by showers, baths and cooking. Excess humidity inside the home can cause many problems such as condensation on the windows, the premature deterioration of the home and the proliferation of mold which is …

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Air leaks and cold drafts account for up to 25% of a home’s heat loss. If a detached home has air leaks and drafts, it’s like leaving a window open 5 cm for the entire winter. Fortunately, caulking is a …

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  Big or small, your household appliances and electronic devices consume a lot of energy. On average, they consume 20% of the total energy used in your residence. The refrigerator is the biggest energy guzzler, followed by the freezer, the …

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Your heating system is the greediest household appliance when it comes to energy consumption. This system alone is responsible for an average of 60% of your annual energy bill. The initial reflex in trimming its appetite is usually to improve …

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Ventilation allows you to keep the interior of your home comfortable and maintain good indoor air quality. It also contributes to the health of the home’s occupants. What is the purpose of a mechanical ventilation system? A mechanical ventilation system …

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Think Energy Efficiency Heating accounts for roughly two-thirds of your household energy consumption. Since your thermostat regulates the temperature in your home, it should be perfectly adapted to your heating system. The thermostat allows you to save a considerable amount …

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The holiday season is a special time of year to spend lots of time with loved ones. It is also a time that can give rise to many safety hazards as we participate in festive activities. Insurance Bureau of Canada …

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The Five Essentials of Healthy Housing The Healthy House is bright, open, energy efficient and welcoming. It can be new or renovated, in downtown or suburbia. Wherever you find it, the Healthy House is characterized by five key elements. 1. …

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