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eMerge Guelph does home visits

Local sustainability initiative eMERGE Guelph is offering free home visits to help people learn how they can reduce their environmental impact.
The initiative is a collaboration between the City of Guelph, Guelph Hydro, Union Gas, Guelph Environmental Leadership, Transition Guelph, Elora Environment Centre and other local partners. Its eMERGE Efficient Home Visit is an expansion of a pilot project that ended in March 2012.
The home visit service now aims to help homeowners achieve energy, water and waste reductions, while enhancing transportation and food choices and inspiring green renovations in and around the home, a news release said.
“Each individual conservation effort is vital to a healthy community,” the city’s water conservation project manager, Wayne Galliher, said in the release. “The eMERGE Efficient Home Visit offers a great complement to other successful city conservation initiatives by evaluating your home’s specific energy and water footprint and identifying practical ways to reduce your resource use and save money.”
The free consultation includes a free retrofit package, room-by-room evaluation with recommendations for eco-friendly changes, and  rebates and incentive information.
Some residents could be eligible for up to $2,500 in rebates for efficiency upgrades in their homes through the Union Gas Home Reno Rebate Program.
People who book a visit early and complete the visit by Feb. 1 will receive a free ticket to the University of Guelph’s Environmental Symposium. They will also be entered into a contest to win a free rain barrel.
As well, “eMERGE will be creating ambassadors, holding how-to workshops and profiling home, street and neighbourhood efforts to demonstrate the incremental progress toward sustainability,” eMERGE  director of engagement and implementation Glynis Logue said in the release.
For more information or to book a visit, call 519-763-2652 or visit

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