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Union Gas EnerSmart Magazine

The Union Gas new Spring/Summer 2012 EnerSmart Magazine is live and is also delivered through newspapers! This magazine is full of a variety of articles relating to homes.


One of my personal favourites is this article…

Cooking with Natural Gas

Natural gas ranges and stoves offer many benefits for cooking, safety and financial savings. They produce instant heat and precise temperature control with a direct, variable flame. From low simmers to robust boils, your natural gas range delivers excellent heat control.


Enjoy… Im sure over the next little while I will share tid-bits of information as its quite valuable!

FREE Energy Savings Kit – Union Gas

Come see our booth at the Mount Forest Agricultural Society’s Home, Garden, Leisure and Health Show – this weekend April 28th and 29th at the Sports Complex. Lots of vendors, Kids Fire House and much much more. Admission is free – first 50 receive a gift bag~!

Stop by our booth to receive your FREE Energy Savings Kit from Union Gas!


ESK Kit Contains:

1 Low-Flow Massage Showerhead


Low-Flow Kitchen Swivel Aerator


Low-Flow Bathroom Aerator +

Teflon Tape


Foam Pipe Insulation

1 Energy-Efficient Chrome Massage
1 Energy-Efficient Kitchen
Swivel Aerator
1 Energy-Efficient
1 Roll of Teflon Tape 2 Meters of Foam
Pipe Insulation

Check out the Energy Saving Kit Installation Video for more information

Did you know…

  • Water heating is the second largest user of energy in your home after space heating.
  • Installing a energy-efficient showerhead will save approximately 10,570 L of water and 63 m3 of natural gas a year. This equates to reducing your CO2 consumption by 119 kg a year.
  • Installing a kitchen aerator will save approximately 7,797 L of water and 23 m3 of natural gas a year. This equates to a reduction in your CO2 consumption by 43 kg a year.
  • Installing a bathroom aerator will save approximately 2,000 L of water and 6 m3 of natural gas a year. This equates to a reduction in your CO2 consumption by 11 kg a year.
  • Installing pipe insulation will save 18 m3 of natural gas a year and help reduce CO2 consumption by 34 kg a year.

Offer available to Union Gas customers only. While supplies last.
No purchase necessary.  One kit per household.  Must have a Natural Gas Water Heater.

Tips to Save Water at Home – Water Conservation

With the launch of the new “Because Water Matters” Website by the CIPH – Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating in honour or Earth Day, this article below is one of the links you will find on their website. This information is directly from the Alliance for Water Efficiency website to save water when you are at home!

Some very useful tips! Be sure to check their website for their Business Tips For Saving Water as well!


When doing laundry, always wash full loads.

•Conventional washers built before 2011 typically use about 40 gallons per load; resource-efficient washer may use as little as 15 gallons per load.

•Adjust the water level in the washer to the amount needed for the load. Some of the new efficient washers will do this automatically.

When it’s time to replace the clothes washer, choose a high-efficiency washer with a low water factor.

•The smaller the water factor, the more efficient the clothes washer.

•Energy Star models currently have a maximum of 6.0, although many well-performing machines are available with lower water factors. Look for the lowest water factor available to achieve the highest water savings.

•For more information and resources, visit the AWE Residential Clothes Washer Introduction Page.


If washing dishes by hand, fill the sink with water rather than continually running the tap.

Install an efficient dishwasher.

•Technological advances in dishwashers make it possible to use less water to achieve the same goal. Selecting a new dishwasher that uses less water per cycle will reduce household water use.

◦Dishwashers use less water than handwashing, particularly if you limit pre-rinsing.

•For examples of dishwasher models and their water use, visit the CEE Qualifying Residential Dishwasher List

Only wash full loads of dishes in the dishwasher.

•For more information and resources, visit the AWE Residential Dishwasher introduction Page.

Avoid using running water to thaw frozen foods.

•Instead, defrost in the refrigerator overnight.


Find and fix any leaky faucets.

•A faucet leaking 60 drops per minute will waste 192 gallons per month. That is equal to 2,304 gallons per year.

Install efficient faucets and/or faucet aerators.

•The U.S. EPA WaterSense program labels efficient faucets and aerators that use a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute.

•Look for the WaterSense label when selecting new faucets or aerators.

Turn off the faucet.

•When lathering hands, shaving, or brushing teeth.


If an irrigation system is used, make sure it is properly set up and maintained.

•Irrigate hydrozones based upon the plants’ water needs.

•Install a weather-based SMART irrigation controller. It is essential that SMART controllers are properly programmed and maintained.

•Install and maintain a rain sensor, either wireless or wired, on the irrigation controller if it does not have one built-in.

•Regularly inspect the sprinkler heads to make sure they are not damaged or malfunctioning. 

•Adjust sprinklers so they are not spraying water on paved surfaces such as the sidewalk or driveway.

•For more information, visit the AWE Landscape, Irrigation, and Outdoor Water Use Page and the Xeriscape Council of New Mexico’s Xeriscape Principles Page.

Landscape with water-wise landscaping principles.

•Use native plants or plants that require little water to thrive in your region.

•Plant turf grass only in areas where people will use it actively for recreation.

•Organize your landscape into hydro-zones. Hydro-zones are areas of landscape with plant and vegetation that have similar water requirements. This prevents over-watering some plants and under-watering others.

•Keep soil healthy and add mulch to prevent water loss through evaporation.

•If watering with a hose, make sure it has a shut-off nozzle.

•Water in the morning to prevent water loss due to evaporation. Avoid watering when it is windy.

•Use a rain barrel to collect water for use in the landscape.

•Add a graywater system to collect water from your washing machine or shower and bath, and use it in the landscape.


If it takes a long time for the hot water to reach the shower, use it as an opportunity to collect water for other uses, such as watering houseplants.

Replace showerheads that have a flow rate greater than 2.5 gallons per minute (the current national energy policy act standard).

•If the showerhead is not labeled, the flow rate can be checked by catching the water in a 1-gallon bucket. If it takes less than 24 seconds to fill up, the showerhead flow rate is more than 2.5 gallons per minute. The U.S. EPA WaterSense program labels efficient showerheads that use a maximum 2.0 gallons per minute.

•For more information and resources, visit the AWE Residential Shower Introduction Page.

Take shorter showers.

•Reducing a 10-minute shower to 5 minutes will save 12.5 gallons of water if the showerhead has a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute (even more if the showerhead has a higher flow rate).


Replace toilets installed before 1994 (1992 for Texas and California) with High-Efficiency Toilets (HETs).

•Replacing an older toilet that uses 3.50 gallons per flush (gpf) with a HET that uses 1.28 gpf will save 2.22 gpf. The EPA WaterSense program labels efficient toilets that use a maximum 1.28 gpf.

•If the toilet is flushed an average of six times each day it will save 13 gallons per day or 4,745 gallons per year. Some older toilets may use as much as 7 gallons per flush.

•For more information and resources, visit the AWE Toilet Fixtures Introduction Page and WaterSense Labeled Toilets Page.

Check toilets to verify they are working properly.

•Make sure the water level is not too high, the fill valve is working properly, and the flapper is not leaking. A running toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water per day.

•For more information on checking a toilet, visit the H2Ouse Water Saver Home Toilet Page.


Check water bills for any instances of high water use, as this may be an indication of a leak.

•Leaking faucets, leaking toilets, and leaking pipes all have something in common, they waste a lot of water! Your water bill will often show abnormal water consumption if there is a leak. Many water utilities have information on how to read your water bill online. For more information and resources, visit the AWE Household Leaks Page.

Composting food wastes saves water by reducing the water needed to run a garbage disposal.

Pool owners can use a cover to reduce water loss through evaporation. A pool cover can also save energy and reduce the need for chemicals.

Sweep outdoor surfaces with a broom instead of using a hose.

Wash vehicles at a carwash that recycles its water. If washing at home, make sure the hose has a shutoff valve.

Original Information can be found on the: Alliance for Water Efficiency Website – Home Water Tips

..© 2011 Alliance for Water Efficiency. All Rights Reserved.

Quality & Attention to Detail – Guest Bathroom

This is a custom “spare”bathroom our technicians installed. The home owner picked out ever specific detail to make this bathroom its own room with details to set this bathroom apart. Not only is their decorative taste enjoyed in their own ensuite bathroom and kitchen, but also in the washroom’s their guests will be using.

Quality and attention to detail set this bathroom apart. A room that could easily be over looked or skimped on with less expensive fixtures and a plain decor design, however especially for a spare bathroom quailty is where you want to pay attention to, for a room which will not see as much use as what the ensuite will, you want to be sure with quality fixtures they will last long and stay functioning even when they are used only seldomly. It may financially make more sense to put less expensive fixtures in a spare bathroom, however these less expensive fixtures will not have the lifetime quality fixtures do and could fail much sooner. This guest bathroom truly does stand out and follows in line with the decor and design in the rest of the home. It is truly beautiful and although custom will be a design that will last a long time.



Custom Master Ensuite Bathroom

We had the pleasure of doing the plumbing and heating for a custom built home with very exquisite taste from the kitchen to the trim, flooring, bathrooms and even heating HVAC system!

Here are some images of the master ensuite – just gorgeous!

Custom tile shower with his and her ends.


We can help you choose the fixtures of your dreams for your custom ensuite bathroom and can get you the make and model of your choice. This ensuite has a custom walk in tile and glass tile shower with two ends, one for him and one for her. When you walk into the ensuite there are two seperate vanities, also for him and her. The vanity for the mrs of the home has custom cabinets up each end of the vanity with a large mirror in the centre.

The couple who owns the home paid close detail and attention to all aspects of their new custom built home right into their washrooms, rooms that are sometimes missed during the design phase. When designing your home do not step past these rooms, in fact with a little time and slight upgrade from the “standard” tile, faucets or flooring you can add that wow factor to carry the custom design throughout your home!