27 January 2015
Canada boasts some of the most amazing scenery anywhere in the world, but the breathtaking beauty of the countryside often overshadows some of the ecological disasters occurring right under the noses of the very people who live there. One species in particular, the Burrowing Owl, is disappearing at an alarming rate. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife listed the Burrowing Owl as endangered in 1995, and that status was re-confirmed both in 2000 and in 2006.
22 January 2015
In Canada, it is common to have squirrels, racoons, mice and birds trying to get in and roost in homes over the winter. Sometimes you might even have an unwanted opossum or feral cat trying to make your home theirs. Their favorite access points are always near the roof of your home. If you want to discourage Canada's many furry inhabitants from moving in, here are a few things you can do.
21 January 2015
When you buy a house, you should ask how old the furnace is and how much the owners typically pay to keep their home warm. High heating costs are a legitimate concern since they can really put a pinch on your budget. If you have an older house, your furnace could be as little as 55% efficient, which means you will end up paying double what you should to heat your home.
2 January 2015
The freedom associated with owning and driving a car is a huge part of modern culture, and it can provide you with a great sense of happiness and accomplishment. However, owning and driving your car comes with a litany of responsibilities that you need to consider before you head out on the open road. Maintenance and the associated costs are, of course, primary among these responsibilities. Some types of maintenance require some specialized knowledge before you seek out repairs.
18 December 2014
Today, there is a significant amount of hype surrounding the topic of energy efficiency. This is due to some people wanting to reduce their "carbon footprint." Others do so because they want to save money, and they know that energy efficient properties generally have lower energy bills. Knowing what to look for in a property can save you money on future upgrades, and you may even be able to negotiate a lower selling price if you can show the buyer the upgrades you will need to make to ensure the property is energy efficient.