Yesterday, it was quietly announced that the program ecoEnergy Retrofit Homes program has been canceled. This is really too bad as the program was very popular, to the point were the government was forced to add more money each year to cover all the grants. I have completed one project under the program, a geothermal system, and currently we are in the process of a home renovation that will qualify for some grant money. It seems a shame that the Government of Canada would cancel the program as it seemed to be achieving two goals, the obvious environmental impact of lowering a homes environmental impact and also encouraging people to put money back into their homes.
The IESO, Independent Electricity System Operator, is mandated with managing the demand and supply of Ontario’s open electricity market. Their site has an impressive amount of historical and real time data. For example, if you want to see what the current makeup of electricity feeding into the grid is right now, they can show you with a nice little pie chart on their homepage. Another is the IESO Wind Power Map which shows the current wind energy being supplied onto the grid.
I got a email today from our electricity provider Bullfrog Power letting us know that our locked in rate with them was going down because of lower costs. Are they insane? This is no way to treat customers! They may tell friends!
Bullfrog Power is an electricity retailer in Ontario and Alberta that sources 100% renewable (wind and small scale hydro) power that you can sign up to receive. It costs you a few cents more per kWh on your bill but you can offset that by making a few energy improvements around your house. Overall it cost us about $100 more a year to have Bullfrog Power.
So do yourself and the environment a favour and sign up today!
By the way these sorts of emails will get your company a permanent link at the bottom of the site, Bell Canada I hope you take notice!