Archive for the ‘Green Living’ category

Did You Know National BBQ Day is Here?

06/22/2012

mmmmm strips
Guess what important event takes place this Saturday, June 23?

National BBQ Day.

It’s no joke — the National BBQ Day is held two days from today across Canada. Created by Meal Exchange, the event is now on its third year, perhaps because it celebrates locally-sourced food and not just BBQs.

One of the best things about celebrating this event is that it involves — you guessed it — hosting a BBQ. This is where my previous blog post, “Tips for Green Summer Grilling, might come in handy (as a bonus, it contains a delicious recipe for grilled peaches).

So if you, like most people I know, are up for some grilling this weekend, consider signing up for National BBQ Day— you could even win a free Napoleon BBQ Grill!

Tips on How To Cool Your Home

05/25/2012
Heat Wave

A fun but impractical way to cool down.

Hot enough for you?

With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, it’s time to consider how you’ll keep your cool for the next few months — ideally, in a way that doesn’t just save energy but also preserves your pocket.

Last year’s blog post about “Prep Your Home for Summerproved pretty popular, and I have since  learned new tips (some of which I heard from our homeowners).

So without further ado, here’s a list of simple tips you can follow to make your home cooler:

Use natural ventilation. If it cools down at night in your neck of the woods, consider opening your windows and turning off the cooling system. Shut the windows when you wake up in the morning, not forgetting to close the blinds as well. This will effectively trap the cool air inside your home.

Don’t underestimate fans. They don’t just support air conditioning (see the next tip) — they can even replace it if you want to open your windows and enjoy the breeze. Besides table fans and ceiling fans, window fans are a great option. Today’s units are cheap and even include thermostats. Consider getting two: place one on one side of your home, blowing outward so that it expels hot air, and place the second on the opposite side, blowing inwards so it cools your home. (If you live in a two-storey home, place the outward-blowing unit upstairs; since hotter air rises, the fan will remove it sooner.)

Fans need not rule out air conditioning. In fact, they can support it. Using a ceiling fan allows you to raise the thermostat setting up to 15°C higher without reducing your comfort.

Use the thermostat to your advantage. There’s no need to turn your home into the North Pole. Set your thermostat as high as it’s comfortably possible. The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.

Seal it. Proper insulation is as important in the summer as it is in the winter. Sealed cracks and openings will prevent warm air from finding its way into your home.

Of course, if you already live in a Mason Home, this isn’t a concern for you, thanks to the Energy Efficiency component of our Green for Life program that keeps perfect temperature year around, all while keeping dust, moisture and pollen where they belong — outside.

The Port Hope Farmers’ Market is Now Open for 2012

05/04/2012

Having blogged last week about Peterborough’s farmers’ markets, I should mention that the Port Hope Farmers’ Market will open for the season tomorrow, after which it will open every Wednesday and Saturday until October 27th.

Selling fresh produce, home baked goods, and arts and crafts, this is quite a popular farmers’ market. (Be aware that while the location remains the same on Saturdays, it has changed to 48 Mill St. S. for Wednesday sessions.)

Either location is a mere 5-minute drive from the Port Hope Golf & Country Club sales office, which is located at 415 Lakeshore Road. Our staff will gladly answer your questions from noon to 5 pm on weekdays and 9:30 am to 6 pm on weekends.

Designed with active adults in mind, this is the perfect community for those of you who have more leisure time after a lifetime of hard work, and wish to spend it leading an active lifestyle, playing golf, strolling, and visiting the nearby parks and conservation areas. Learn more here!


%d bloggers like this: