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 Brendan Schaefer and Rebecca Garlick The holidays are known to be a joyous time with family and friends. Decorations, meals, gifts, and traveling are all traditions associated with this time of year. Reep Green Solutions encourages you to enjoy your holiday time with family and friends, but to continue to be conscious about the environmental impacts of your traditions. Green your Christmas lights Christmas lights are a beautiful piece of the holiday season; however, they can be quite the energy consumer. This Christmas, try using LED Christmas lights or perhaps solar powered LED lights. Turn off or unplug… Continue Reading Greening your Christmas!
Adopting a storm drain makes our streets safer and prevents flooding Kitchener – As the last of fall’s leaves are collected and before winter settles in, Reep Green Solutions is calling upon residents of Waterloo Region to show the lowly storm drain some love. Specifically, they are asking people to adopt a storm drain near where they live, work or go to school. When someone adopts a storm drain, they are making a commitment to keeping it clear of snow and ice in the winter, leaves in the fall and litter and debris year round. Making and keeping that commitment… Continue Reading NEWS Release: Waterloo Region residents asked to show storm drains some love
Here’s one of the stories that we share in our 2017 Report to the Community about how we help you live sustainably. On November 28, Reep Green Solutions is participating in Giving Tuesday. When we asked the community if they thought of Reep Green Solutions as a charity, 58% said no. That is probably because a number of our services, such as home energy evaluations, operate as social enterprises. Like many charities, Reep Green Solutions looks for ways to fulfill our mission that also help cover costs. Charging a fee for some services helps us offer others at no cost, such as workshops at the… Continue Reading Giving locally for a global impact
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
The Reep House Series The Reep House Series is a monthly series of events that showcases the technology and displays at the Reep House for Sustainable Living and explores other ideas and options for living sustainably. Learn about water softeners and salt free alternatives Due to our very hard water, most homeowners find that a water softener is necessary in Waterloo Region. Unfortunately, water softeners use a lot of water, which adds to your water bill. They also use salt which ends up in our rivers and lakes harming our freshwater. This workshop features a panel of experts who will share information to… Continue Reading Your options for dealing with hard water
COACH Series This is a new series of events featuring our resident experts in home energy efficiency, RAIN Smart Homes and waste reduction. Learn how to make the best window choices for your home! Join us as our Home Energy Coach, Philip Drader, shares how the right window choices can contribute to a more comfortable and energy efficient home! There is a lot to consider when choosing the right windows for your home. From selecting low-e coatings, glazing layers, and spacer types to picking the type of window (slider, casement, or fixed), colour, divided lites, privacy options, opener mechanisms, and other design decisions like opting for a full frame window replacement (or not) – window renovations can make your… Continue Reading Making the best window choices for your home