Appliances Gas or Electricity – So your looking to convert from Electricity to Gas? But your just not sure if gas is the way to go? In most cases it can be safer (although there is an argument for gas and electricity safety, either way smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are required, it’s the law!), Gas can be Eco-Friendly, Less Money to operate and some appliances use less parts which may prolong the life. I found a short article by Rosemary Avance a member of the Consumer Affairs team which Compares Gas vs Electric Appliances.
Residential Energy Calculator – Still not sure which way to go Gas or Electricity? Then the Residential Energy Calculator may help. I found an online calculator which may help you decide. At the top make sure you Select your location to “Ontario” the default is US Average, input some additional information and you will get a break down comparing to Natural Gas, Fuel Oil and Electricity.
Gas and Electricity Providers – So you’ve decided to switch, now you need the gas. Since 2002, homeowners and businesses in Ontario have had the ability to choose whether to purchase their energy (gas or electricity) from a competitive retail company, or to obtain their energy from their local utility and pay the provincial regulated rate. Energyrates.ca can help, type in your postal code, choose a service (gas or electricity) and you will get a list of providers as well as rates. Do you want to see how your present rates compare to another provider then use this Bill Calculator from The Ontario Energy Board.
Gas Appliances – Installation. You should be aware that gas appliances do need gas lines to each individual appliance and a gas line to the house (if you don’t already have one). You will require a licensed HVAC contractor to help you with this, very important you use a licensed HVAC contractor, don’t mess with gas!. Union Gas has provided help locating contractors or a contractor you want to use. To check if they are actually licensed check: Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) and Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI).
Faulty Appliances – Repairmen Unplugged – Today appliances are more sophisticated, with more electronics, more features, fancy designs and just more complicated to repair or improve. What do you really need in an appliance and if it does break down what will it cost you!. Market Place posted an online article By Megan Griffith-Greene / Marketplace, CBC News Posted: Jan 09, 2015 its an interesting read and they also did an online video. Watch Video: Repairmen Unplugged.
Energy Efficient Appliances – Appliances, such as fridges, freezers, dishwashers and water coolers, account for up to 12% of the energy used in the average Canadian home?. Click this link to find an Energy Star Certified Appliance. The section directly below will give you more ways to save on energy by buying energy efficient products.
Do your homework and make sure you use new regulation carbon monoxide and smoke detectors….IT’S THE LAW!