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Water-Cooled Air Conditioner: Illegal in Montreal as of 2018

(Plus a Montreal water usage primer!) Watering your lawn at 7am? First offence: $200 to $500, and up to $1000 for a second offence. -And as of January 2018, running an air-conditioner connected to the aqueduct that does not have a water recycling system will be prohibited and fined, according to  Montreal By-law 13-023. The […]

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Posted in Heating-Cooling, Seasonal685 Comments

Spring Cleaning Time! Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Correctly

Pesticides, Coolant, paint thinners, chlorine, used oil, bleach, propane tanks, oven cleaners and aerosol cans are all hazardous waste that don’t belong in your home; and they need to be disposed of properly. There are corrosive, flammable, explosive and poisonous substances contained in many household products. They are dangerous to you, your family, the garbage […]

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Posted in Garage, Indoor Air Quality, Seasonal669 Comments

Simple Solutions to a Leaky Basement

Smell something mouldy, mildew-y or sour coming from your basement or crawl space? Make no mistake: you’ve got a leaky basement. Spring is a likely time of year for moisture problems to rise up in your basement, and a good time to pay attention to how your home is weathering the spring. As snow melts, air […]

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Posted in Basement, Indoor Air Quality, Seasonal677 Comments

A miracle technology! Vintage Air Conditioning Ads

In the 1930’s, there was nothing like a cold homemade lemonade on the front porch in a rocking chair to cool you down in a summer heatwave… Then came the miracle: air conditioning! By the 1950’s air conditioning was made available in the form of window units, and the luxury  to cool your home was […]

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Power Outage Survival Guide: draining the pipes

Your first thoughts during a winter power outage might be to check for a flashlight and candles, winter sleeping bags, where the takeout menus are and how you’re going to keep you cell phone working. -But you also might be wondering, is there something you need to do to protect your home? Aside from the […]

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Posted in Electrical, Plumbing, Seasonal15 Comments

Winter Preparation: it’s not nuts!

All the squirrels and chipmunks are running around, busy collecting nuts, making sure their homes are well stocked… and you? What exactly are you doing to get ready for winter? Before settling into hibernation mode, it’s a good idea to do a thorough walk around your home and see what may benefit from a little […]

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Posted in Heating-Cooling, Seasonal483 Comments

Time to clear the roof drain!

A rooftop pool is a nice idea, but this Montreal building ended up with more water than a roof needs during the late-springtime rains. Don’t forget to clear your roof drain frequently!  

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Posted in Roofing, Seasonal456 Comments

Free Compost and Flowers from the City of Montreal

Is your garden soil thin and chunky? Does it need a little healthy black compost full of minerals to liven up your flower or veggie garden this summer? Well, the City of Montreal can help. Thanks to the new compost collection program, which is slowly being rolled out in several boroughs throughout the island, Montreal […]

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Montreal Ecocenters: clean up & give your junk a second life

Looking at that pile of old clothes or even old furniture, thinking about what you should do with it? You’ve got useful junk, but you don’t use it. It’s hard to throw things away when you know they could still be useful at some point, to someone. -But if you want to de-clutter, and you haven’t […]

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Posted in Basement, Garage, Seasonal697 Comments

The Insulating Value of Snow

How much snow do you need to keep your heating bill down? Quite a lot. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to have your house surrounded by snow. The average insulating R-value of snow is R-1. To compare, the R-value of wood is R-0.75 and brick is (R-0.2). And snow is not just good at insulating heat. […]

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Posted in Heating-Cooling, Insulation-Ventilation, Seasonal665 Comments

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