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Rolling With The Reids; A visit to their Tiny Home

Jul 11, 2019
The tiny house movement has taken a firm hold in recent years as people seek to simplify their lives, reduce costs, reduce their ecological footprint and find new lifestyles that may offer more freedom. Here in the Collingwood area, we are often aske ...
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What To Do About An Ash Tree on Your Property

Nov 08, 2016
I guess the title should really say, What To Do About An Ash Tree On OUR Property.  As I blogged a few weeks ago,  the issue of the Emerald Ash Borer and the guarantee that it will kill all un-inoculated trees soon, is going to become a much bigger i ...
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Ever Wonder How Shopping CAN Actually Put Dollars in Your Pocket?

Oct 18, 2016
Psst.. want an excuse to go shopping and magically save money at the same time? The SaveONEnergy Coupon Event is now on and it’s a perfect time to stock up on everything from energy efficient lightbulbs to weather stripping and more.  Click here to f ...
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It’s Easy to Be Green: Have an eco-friendly fall

Oct 13, 2015
This Fall,  Plan to Take Advantage of Fallen Leaves: Leave your rake inside the garage as the fall leaves start to accumulate on your lawn. Try going over the leaves with a mulching lawnmower, instead.  The mulched and shredded leaves will decompose, ...
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The Magic of Vinegar

Sep 16, 2015
In my opinion, the MOST important job of vinegar is to dress Collingwood’s CHIPPER French fries.  Magic! In the interest of being more green when cleaning around the house, David Suzuki has this to say about the magic of vinegar: Five ways to c ...
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Free Money That Could Put Over $1,000 in Your Pocket

Jun 16, 2014
If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you are either in a panic or in denial about what’s happening with energy costs in Ontario.  We all know they only go up but this year, we are seeing some pretty dramatic increases starting in the cost of ...
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My Visit To An Off-The-Grid, Straw Bale Home – Part 2

Mar 13, 2014
This post is part 2 in a series.  Read Part 1 here  which describes the site and construction of the property I visited. I asked the owners how life is different from living in a conventionally built, on-grid home and one thing in particular that str ...
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My Visit To An Off-The-Grid, Straw Bale Home – Part 1

Mar 10, 2014
Could you live off the grid? For several years now, I have had a burning curiosity to see a home that is off the grid and to understand how it impacts daily life.  Recently, I was invited to see just such a home in Grey Highlands, not far from Meafor ...
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Baby It’s Cold Outside – Warm It Up Inside

Dec 19, 2013
Have you heard of the Home Weatherization Retrofit Program?  It is a FREE service being offered through utility suppliers that gives qualified applicants access to insulation and draft proofing in their homes at NO CHARGE. Improving your building env ...
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Your Home May Be Polluted

Oct 30, 2013
Gosh it is pretty outside.  Blue Mountain turns to green in the summer and white in the winter but right now, the mountain is aflame with reds, yellows and vibrant oranges.  My neighbour’s Maple tree here in Collingwood has turned a bright Crimson de ...
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Your Home May Be Polluted

Oct 30, 2013
Gosh it is pretty outside.  Blue Mountain turns to green in the summer and white in the winter but right now, the mountain is aflame with reds, yellows and vibrant oranges.  My neighbour’s Maple tree here in Collingwood has turned a bright Crimson de ...
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Greener Home: More Green in Your Wallet

Jan 10, 2013
Saving the downpayment is often the most challenging part of purchasing a home.  Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and Genworth Canada each offer mortgage loan insurance to lenders so that qualified home buyers can realize their dream of ...
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