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The Ottawa Citizen Talks about Sunshine & Solar Blinds

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Our solar blinds are getting attention in Ottawa! In a recent article by the Ottawa Citizen Marketplace: 9 window dressings that let the light in but keep the heat and UV rays out our solar blinds are featured for their UV protection and sense of style. With the hot summer days on their way investing in solar blinds means investing in a cooler more energy efficient home. Did you know, our solar blinds are transparent?  Making a perfect minimalist  addition to any room. Show off your windows! Read the article here »

Green Renovation Ideas for Homeowners

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Kaz Flinn, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at Scotiabank shared his insight with Home BUILDER Canada on how to continue encouraging Canadians to adopt energy efficient updates. Educating homeowners about green renovation ideas will further increase their interest to make these changes.

“A June 2011 special report from Scotiabank found that while substantial progress has been made in improving household energy efficiency, more needs to be done, especially with energy usage and pricing on the upswing. “

“Canadians are increasingly adopting energy-efficient and environmentally friendly practices in their homes, and with the breadth and depth of knowledge available to builders and renovators, there is a distinct opportunity to inform even more Canadians of their green options. “

“As experts in their field, builders and renovators can educate clients about the benefits of using sustainable materials, appliances and lighting when completing a renovation. By demonstrating the savings on household electricity and water bills, these experts can show Canadians how simple changes are smart for both the planet and the wallet. “

“Additionally, government rebates available to Canadians at the regional and federal levels are excellent incentives to choose sustainable renovation options. The comprehensive rebate guide on Scotiabank’s EcoLiving website, www.ecoliving.scotiabank.com, shows the user rebates available by city and province and by renovation project.”

Energy efficient renovations don’t need to be major. Small energy efficient updates can add to be to great savings.

Aging Demographic Interested in Energy Efficient Renovations

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A great article was posted by Home BUILDER Canada’s website. This article was written by Mike Martin, owner of Michael J. Martin Luxury Renovations in Ottawa.

“Provincial and municipal agencies are also offering home renovation incentives and awareness campaigns to help industry growth with such incentives toward home efficiency and environmental stewardship.”

“The demographic is changing with 1,000 retirees a day in Canada. Therefore, renovators should gear themselves toward barrier-free renovation projects. Automation and efficiency is a primary concern for this demographic, and renovators should try and educate themselves with these elements to tap into this huge market.”

“Green renovations will continue to be an important facet of any project. Demands for “Green homes” include everything from HVAC systems to building materials to product finishes. Tying in energy efficient renovations to an existing house requires much up-to-date knowledge and technical know-how to make it “one” with a home.”

It is true that retired homeowners would appreciate the benefits of energy efficient renovations.

  • Many are now on a fixed income so would appreciate a reduced energy bill
  • Making updates to the home before selling to increase the value
  • Reducing allergens in the air and thus reducing illness
  • Increasing the warmth of the house, again reducing illness

As mentioned in Mike’s statement the aging demographic is most interested in “barrier-free renovation projects” so they can remain in the comfort of their home during renovations. Krumpers Solar Blinds is one energy efficient update that doesn’t alter your lifestyle.  Toxic-free, allergen-free, and affordable!

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