Our ecoEnergy Retrofit Rebate


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] ecoenergy logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] After buying a home together Mrs. SPF and I decided our century house needed to be insulated to keep heating costs down during Canadian winters.  We knew that Ontario was still supporting the ecoEnergy retrofit program until the end of March 2011.  Now was the time to get our ecoEnergy Retrofit done.  We insulated the whole house, including the basement.  I also figured out how to install a low flow toilet to get rebates on this improvement as well. We had our follow up test done on February 4th and 7…

Green Tip #89: Pull Down the Blinds


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="124"] Image via Wikipedia[/caption] I realize that the weather is only now starting to get warmer  but where I work sun streams into my office (yes its a cubicle but office sound better!) all morning and it gets so hot that I actually pull down the blinds. I recently got a memo from the bulding superintendant asking all staff to please close their blinds at the end of the day in order to keep the extra heat in at night and the heat out in the morning. So I've been trying to remember to do that. Check…

Sustainable Wedding Planning Part 4: Gifts


Sustainable Wedding: Gifts As we mentioned previously we had several friends in our wedding party. They all played a big part in helping plan the day, pick-up items for us and of course be our support system on the big day. So we wanted to thank them. For the bridesmaids, I wanted to offer them a unique piece of jewelry that was locally made and had some symbols on it (and also matched their dresses in case they wanted to wear them on our wedding day). A good friend of my brother's makes some amazing jewelry and so I contacted…

Green Tip #88: Bleach Free Coffee Filter Packs


[caption id="" align="alignright" width="175"] directly scanned filterpaper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] We are proponents that if you brew your own coffee you will save a lot of money each year.  We also like to add our coffee rinds to our kitchen compost. Thing is, when you dump just the grinds into the compost they end up covering the inside of the compost bin.  We buy bleach free coffee filter packs so we can add the coffee filter pack directly to the compost bin.  They work the same way as non-green filters - the only real difference is that they are brown…

Green Tip #87: Keep an Ample Staples Supply


We enjoy keeping a pantry well stocked with food items that last for some time without perishing.  Mrs. SPF likes having items we can cook on hand for variety sake whereas I think more about having food supply on hand in case of disaster. We like to keep rice, pasta, dried and canned soups and beans, canned chili, canned vegetables and tuna and other sauces - especially tomato sauce.  We also like to keep baking supplies on hand such as white and brown sugar, red fife local flour, baking soda and powder, oats, vanilla, spices of all types, olive oil,…

Staging Your Home with Renovations – Basement(s) and Exterior


These past few weeks I have presented various article surrounding our home buying and selling experiences.  In these articles we show there are numerous considerations and strategies to buying a home, selling your house quickly and even presented 34 house staging tips. More recently I have been a bit more anecdotal in describing how you by staging your home with renovations a little sweat and elbow grease can go a far way.  By embarking on this strategy we got a 461% return on investment (ROI).  Today I will discuss staging your home with renovations you can make to basement areas…