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Are your natural gas appliances ready for fall

Your home heating system is probably the last thing on your mind during the summer. That being said, what better time is there to identify and fix any problems before the cold weather arrives? Having your furnace, fireplace and other natural gas appliances inspected by a certified technician will ensure your family's safety and comfort.

Well maintained appliances will run more efficiently, which helps you save money. It also lowers the likelihood of a dangerous carbon monoxide leak in your home or a break down during the colder months.

Enbridge gas does not inspect or service natural gas appliances.

Source : Enbridgegas .com

Update to Enbridge Home Energy Conservation Program

We are proud to inform you that the Home Energy Conservation Program, delivered by Enbridge Gas Distribution, is providing qualifying homeowners with an incentive of up to $1600. The program makes it easy and affordable for homeowners to lower their energy bills and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Find out if the homeowner qualifies:

1 - The primary home heating source must be: natural gas, electricity, oil, propane, or wood.

2 - They are an Enbridge Gas customer and have a valid Enbridge Gas account in good standing OR if they heat their home with electricity, oil, wood, or propane- they must provide a current tax bill for the property.

3 - They must use an Enbridge approved Service Organization to deliver the home energy audit. The Registered Energy Advisor (REA) will help guide the homeowner through the rebate process.

4 - They must complete at least two of the Home Energy Upgrades as recommended by the REA and achieve a minumum of 15% annual fuel savings.*

Home Energy Upgrades include:
  • High-Efficiency Furnace, Boiler or Fireplace (natural gas, propane, oil or wood)
  • High-Efficiency Water Heating System Upgrade (natural gas, propane, oil or wood)
  • Air Source Heat Pump Installation
  • Attic Insulation Upgrade
  • Window Replacements
  • Basement Wall Insulation Upgrade
  • Drain Water Heat Recovery System Installation
  • Wall Insulation Upgrade
  • Exposed Floor Insulation
  • Air Sealing

5 - They must complete pre and post energy audits from the same REA by December 31, 2017.

Receive up to $1600 in incentives:

By achieving a minimum of 15% in energy savings you can earn:

$150 - Immediate discount on their first pre-retrofit energy audit

$350 - Covering the remaining cost of your energy audits (not including HST), after completing at least 2 of the recommended upgrades and final post-retrofit energy audit

$1,100 - Towards the cost of your home energy upgrades - after your second energy audit proving you achieved a minimum of 15% in energy savings*

*Natural gas and alternative fuel savings are based on approved modeling software. Only one enrollment for incentive per household is permitted. The Home Energy Conservation Program is only available for residential detached homes, towns and semis- no multi-residential buildings or condos.

Save on Energy July 2017 Update

Product Updates for Eligible HVAC Measures included in the Save on Energy Heating and Cooling Program – Coming July 2017

The IESO will be removing the CAC incentives for the SEER 14.5 & 15 (EER 12 & 12.5) from the program as of June 30, 2017 and will be introducing incentives for the following products starting July 1, 2017:

Save ON Energy July 2017 Update P2

Save ON energy July 2017 Update P2

 

Gas fireplaces need an annual inspection

All gas fireplaces need an annual inspection by licensed gas technician in order to operate properly. This is a very important practice. Because gas fireplaces burn clean and are very easy to take care of, some assume that this means it doesn’t need cleaning. While it is true that gas fireplaces are both efficient and low maintenance, it’s a known fact that any appliance can become a nuisance if neglected. That is why you need an annual inspection of your gas fireplace. By cleaning your fireplace and chimney, you can put your mind at ease when you start your unit this season.

Every fireplace or insert should be cleaned annually. This is due to the hard work a fireplace puts in with each use, when it is heating your home. It‘s best to get your fireplace checked each spring; that way you will have a flawlessly functioning fireplace all year round, but whatever schedule is easiest for you will work for the fireplace too.

Debris & gunk

  • Debris likes to hang out in the vents, in the flue and inside the chimney. This needs to be removed, as it will restrict airflow and might smell bad. Gas fireplace debris includes:

Deteriorating logs

  • Ceramic or faux log inserts can eventually deteriorate with use, clinging to the sides of the insert and getting trapped.

Dirty Glass doors or frame

  • Chipped or scratched glass can become a hazard over time. It can meddle with the heat output of your fireplace, and no one wants that. If this is the case, you will need to get it cleaned or replaced.

Residue

  • The inside and outside of a gas fireplace needs to be cleaned once every few years. Think about it, after all those gorgeous fires it’s bound to get a little dirty in there. It is very important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and use approved products for cleaning. Check with your technician, to see if they offer cleaning services.

Remember: If you have a masonry fireplace with a gas log set insert, inspect the logs with every annual inspection.

 

What Happens during an gas fireplace inspection?

During an inspection, the technician will first take a look at the exterior. This includes making sure glass is not chipped, cracked, or dirty, and that the framework is holding up sufficiently. While checking for dents or debris, the technician will also look at the interior gas ignition under the log structure and make sure it is lighting flawlessly. They also make sure your log set is not deteriorating in any way. Often times, the face of the unit will to be taken off, so they can inspect the valves and connections underneath your fireplace or insert. They will make sure your fireplace’s heat output is correct, and clean up any residue that has started to block any ports or vents. After a routine check, your technician should make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors, and that you are aware of any repairs your gas fireplace may need. Certified gas technicians have a wealth of information and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your fireplace or insert, don’t be afraid to ask.

Source : Nepoleonfirfeplaces . com

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