Soakaways and rain gardens have many similarities; however, it is important to know the differences when deciding on which rain smart addition to add to your yard. Adding a soakaway will provide a low maintenance, and low profile feature that will allow rain to percolate down into the groundwater. Here is some information you need to make decisions for your property. What is a soakaway? A soakaway, also known as an infiltration gallery, is a way to infiltrate water underground. Whether that water comes from rain barrels or downspouts it allows for some space for it to sit and… Continue Reading The advantages of soakaways for RAIN Smart Homes
By: Andrew Jackson, Communications Volunteer There are many options out there when it comes to heating and cooling your home. One viable, easy to install, and low energy consumption option is an air source heat pump (ASHP). How ASHPs work and operate is pretty simple. They extract the heat from outside. They can do this down to -15 C, and distribute it inside the home. They are also able to do this in reverse allowing them to cool your home by extracting the warm air from inside the house and distributing it outside. Depending on the system being installed an… Continue Reading Air Source Heat Pumps: What are they? Should you get one?
by Tiffany Li, Communications Volunteer When purchasing an older home, it’s important to go into the purchase knowing where your home may need some help. That’s why Ryan Jenner, a London resident purchased a 1957 bungalow with the intentions of making his home as energy efficient as possible and sought the right people to help him on his journey While thinking about home renovations or upgrades, making the most out of your dollar is important and having expert advice is key. Ryan had ideas of what he wanted to upgrade and renovate his home but he reached out to the… Continue Reading London homeowner receives $5000 in rebates for renovations
Consider participating in the Zero Waste Challenge! Check out Reep Green Solutions Zero Waste 101 for more blog posts and videos on how you can reduce your waste and live more sustainably! By Laura Stern, Waste Reduction Coordinator Walking through a grocery store can be very overwhelming when you’re in the zero waste mindset. In this day in age, it seems as if every product is packaged in layers and layers of non-compostable materials. Here are a five tips to ease this process! Be prepared Before heading to the store think ahead about what steps you can take to decrease the amount of waste you… Continue Reading 5 Tips for zero waste grocery shopping
Consider participating in the Zero Waste Challenge! Check out Reep Green Solutions Zero Waste 101 for more blog posts and videos on how you can reduce your waste and live more sustainably! by Laura Stern, Waste Reduction Coordinator Event notice: Having your period without creating waste October 25 at 7 p.m. Based on the feedback we received from the 2016 Zero Waste Challenge, Reep Green Solutions has decided to omit feminine hygiene products from counting as waste in the 2017 challenge. However, if you’re interested in taking the Zero Waste Challenge one step further, keep reading and learn how you can further decrease your impact on the… Continue Reading A sustainable living approach to having your period
COACH Series This is a new series of events featuring our resident experts in home energy efficiency, RAIN Smart Homes and waste reduction. Make your basement a comfortable living space Join us as our Home Energy Coach, Philip Drader, shares how your basement can contribute to a more comfortable home! We’ll cover a number of design items and strategies for renovating your basement: from heating vents, to wiring, insulation, new flooring, studs, and lighting efficiency. Learn how you can give your basement a makeover for a more comfortable, energy efficient living space in your home! AGENDA Presentation: 1:30 p.m. Q & A: 2:00… Continue Reading Tips on finishing your basement