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10.12.2013

Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors, Toronto’s Leading Window and Door Company, Responds to Ontario’s 33% Energy Rate Hike and Provides Top Energy Saving Tips

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB), December 10, 2013 – Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors (http://thermo-bilt-windows.com/), the Greater Toronto Area’s leading provider of custom window and door replacement, is weighing in on recent news that Ontario electricity rates will continue to rise, soaring 33% over the next three years under the Liberals’ long-term energy plan. The company is also providing its top energy-savings tips to help Ontarians deal with the highest electricity rates in Canada. The Ontario government recently revealed its long-term energy plan. Most significant is the fact that Ontario homeowners are faced with a 33% hike in electricity rates over the next three years. The average monthly bill in Ontario today is around $125.00 per month, but by 2016, it will jump to $167.00, and within 20 years, Ontarians will pay an average of $210.00 per month. (Source: “Ontario power rates to rise under new plan,” CBC web site, December 2, 2013; www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-power-rates-to-rise-under-new-plan-1.2448028.) “One of the reasons for the rate hike is the end of the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit in 2015, which takes 10% off part of a hydro bill. Instead of giving Ontarians a break on their energy bill, the provincial government is introducing programs designed to encourage ratepayers to use less power,” says Adrian Biberberg, co-owner and founder of Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors. “Over the next two decades, the government expects Ontarians to increase energy conservation by 11% by making a number of changes.” One of the ideas being proposed by the Ontario government is a new program to offer loans for renovations that increase energy efficiencies, including windows and doors, the cost of which will be added to the user’s monthly hydro bill. Even though windows only take up 5–10% of the surface area exposed to outside temperatures, they can account for as much as 30% of a home’s heat loss. (Source: “Energy Loss Through Windows and Doors,” Newmarket Hydro web site; http://www.nmhydro.on.ca/pdf/tips/Energy%20loss%20through%20windows%20and%20doors.pdf, last accessed December 9, 2013.) “Hydro bills are set to rise significantly, meaning Toronto families and businesses will continue to pay the highest electricity rates in Canada. On November 1, electricity prices went up three percent alone,” Biberberg adds. “In an effort to save money and make homes more energy efficient, property owners in the Greater Toronto Area should consider installing windows designed to withstand Ontario’s harsh winters.” The experts at Thermo-Bilt Window & Doors understand that windows and doors that qualify for the “Energy Star” mark have been independently tested and certified to be among the most energy efficient on the market. As a result, installing them to homes and offices in the GTA can reduce energy consumption and save property owners money. On top of that, energy-efficient windows can increase comfort, reduce outside noise levels, and cut down on condensation in cold weather. Windows manufactured with a low-emissivity coating can also reduce energy loss by as much as 30–50%. (Source: “Energy Conservation and Efficiency Tips,” Canadian Oil Heat Association, Ontario Chapter web site; www.coha-ontario.ca/publications/energy_conservation_and_efficiency_tips.html, last accessed December 9, 2013.) Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors is the leading windows and doors replacement provider in Toronto and surrounding GTA. The company carries a complete line of windows, including casement windows, bow windows and bay windows, single-and double-hung windows, and single and double sliders, as well as awning and vinyl windows. Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors’ wide range of window and door styles are designed to suit any home and budget. Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors serves the GTA, including Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Vaughan, Scarborough, Markham, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, and Aurora. To learn more about Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors, visit the company’s web site at http://thermo-bilt-windows.com/ or call 1- 877-727-2458.
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4.12.2013

The Best Windows and Top Tips for Staying Warm This Winter

With the weather turning colder, you’re doubtlessly looking for a way to keep heating costs down this winter, while keeping your family warm. We at Thermo-Bilt Windows, the Greater Toronto Area’s leading window and replacement window service, recommend having windows that prevent heat transfer (i.e., heat escaping your home during the winter) installed, as many homes often lose heat through the windows. This will cut down on your heating bill and help you to save money during the winter. But you may be wondering what the best type of window to prevent heat transfer is. We at Thermo-Bilt tell our clients that there are several they can choose from, which our experts will install quickly, keeping customers warm and cozy while lowering their heating costs. Here are your options:
  • Extremely Low-E Rating: This type of window is made with LoE2-rated glass to keep your home warm and comfortable during the winter.
  • Vinyl Windows: Vinyl windows are widely recognized as being one of the most energy-efficient window designs on the market. As an added bonus, vinyl windows will keep your home cool during the summer as well.
  • Double-Paned Windows: Another excellent way to keep warm air in during the winter is to have double-paned windows installed. When used with a vinyl window frame, this can lower heating costs by up to 25%.
If you’re looking to hold off until the spring to have new or replacement windows installed, there are some ways you can keep heat in during the winter: Tip#1: Find any areas where heat is escaping—e.g., around windows, doors—and apply a sealant to them. Tip#2: Attaching weather stripping on spots where heat might be escaping before it gets too cold and your furnace kicks in is another method of preventing heat transfer. Tip#3: Condensation is another cause of homes losing heat during the winter. Make sure that any areas that have high levels of condensation, such as the kitchen or bathroom(s), have proper ventilation, and that you take the time to let any moisture that may form dry. Tip#4: Installing thermal-backed drapes creates a barrier between the window and the room it’s located in. For an added layer of protection, attach the drapes using Velcro. Tip#5: To ensure that your home stays warm during the winter and your heating bill doesn’t go up, have shutters installed on the outside of your windows for an additional layer of protection against the elements. Even if you follow all of these tips, Thermo-Bilt advises its customers to get energy-efficient windows installed before the cold weather hits. If you combine this with some of the tips given above, you’ll stay warm and keep your heating costs down during the winter. Sources Goering, M., “Pros, Cons, and Costs: Double-Paned Windows,” HomeAdvisor web site, http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Pros-Cons-and-Costs-Double-Paned-Windows.15725.html.
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