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American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced yesterday its plan to create the Honda Smart Home US, a showcase for environmental innovation and renewable energy enabling technologies that demonstrates Honda’s vision for sustainable, zero-carbon living and personal mobility.

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This vision includes the use of solar power to charge a Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicle.

 

A groundbreaking held April 25 at the construction site on the campus of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), marked the start of the building process, which will be documented and shared through the Honda Smart Home US website.

 

Envisioning a lifestyle of renewable energy for home and transportation, Honda said the Honda Smart Home US will feature new and emerging technologies to greatly reduce the amount of energy consumed by individual households, and will provide a pathway for the full integration of electric vehicles into the home.

 

The hi-tech sustainable home will demonstrate an approach to meeting the state of California’s goal of requiring all new residential construction to be “zero net energy” by 2020.

 

It is expected to produce more energy than it consumes, using less than half of the energy of a similarly sized new home in the Davis area for heating, cooling, and lighting.

 

Honda said the Smart Home will also give its occupants comprehensive control over all home systems, allowing the residents to remotely and continually monitor and adjust all aspects of energy use in real time.

 

Among the many technologies that will be applied to the Honda Smart Home US are:

  • Solar Power System

A photovoltaic (PV) system will provide the energy for the home and for daily commuting in an all-electric vehicle like the Honda Fit EV. The zero net energy home will generate, on average, more electricity from on-site renewable power sources than it will receive from its electric utility provider.

  • Honda Energy Management System

The Honda Energy Management System introduces a smart-grid technology that will actively manage energy use and communicate with the homeowner and utility provider, allowing the home to maximize its energy efficiency while responding to the needs of the electrical grid, thereby minimizing the impacts of solar generation and electric vehicle charging on the utility grid.

  • High-efficiency HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and Lighting System designed by UC Davis

UC Davis energy research centers will design high-efficiency, cost effective solutions to major home energy loads. UC Davis researchers will explore new methods for geothermal heating and cooling, and a new circadian color control logic LED lighting system to improve quality of life while reducing energy consumption.

  • Direct solar PV-to-vehicle charging

Direct PV-to-vehicle DC battery charging will substantially improve charging efficiency by reducing losses associated with DC-to-AC and AC-to-DC conversion. “PV-to-EV” charging will decrease CO2 emitted in the lifecycle of an electric vehicle by avoiding the carbon associated with grid electricity production.

  • Certified “Green” Home

The home will be designed to achieve top-level green building certifications from the major U.S. rating systems. With a holistic approach to sustainability, the home will feature passive design elements as well as novel materials to further reduce CO2 emissions from the production of building materials and the construction and operation of the home.

 

The company anticipates construction of the Honda Smart Home, at a site in the UC Davis West Village development, to be completed by the end of 2013.

 

The home will be leased to individuals associated with UC Davis, though further details have not been finalized.

 

In 2012, Honda unveiled the Honda Smart Home System (HSHS) in the city of Saitama, Japan. The HSHS project includes two homes: one is a demonstration-only home while the other serves as a residence for Honda associates.

 

Both feature comprehensive controls of in-house energy supply and demand, and help manage both the generation and consumption of energy for the home.

 

Source: http://www.hybridcars.com/honda-smart-home-us-to-use-solar-power-to-charge-fit-ev/

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Well, he had a great run as Captain of our Calgary Flames but after 16 NHL seasons, it's time for him to move on.  Thank you and wish you a successful season!

 

It's official, Iggy's gone and now his house is too!  Just reported as sold yesterday after only 3 days on the market and at the full asking price of $3.95 million! The Elboya 11,000 square foot home is just one of many luxury homes that are flying off the market these days!

 

According to the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB), the number of luxury homes (over $1 million) that sold this year to date is sitting at 240 compared to last year's 171. Just earlier this year, we hit a record high selling price of $10.35 million for an estate home in Aspen Woods.

 

"We are a very wealthy city," said Ann-Marie Lurie of the Calgary Real Estate Board.

 

"There's people who have been continually earning wages that are higher, we have very strong employment growth — and all of this is factoring into that demand for housing."

 

View more details of Iginla's listing here

 

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I have sold a property at 5 2415 14A ST SW in CALGARY.
Lifestyle will be a breeze to obtain with this sunny and bright 2 bedroom condo within walking distance to 17 th Avenue. This unit even has a view of nose hill park. Down below the balcony will be a view of a swimming pool too once the building next door is complete! The unit has brand new windows which makes it very bright. There is in suite full size laundry, an assigned carport with the best parking stall in the building and the only one that's covered as well. (#1). Fresh paint in neutral colors allows for you to add your own zest. A wood burning fireplace will add ambiance on a romantic night. Upgrades include a new hot water tank, carpets in bedrooms, tile in the bathroom, and new baseboards too. The complex is small, quaint and very friendly. The new lifestyle of Bankview awaits !
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Poll conducted by Harris/Decima reveals more than one-third of Canadian homeowners plan to take on some form of home renovation project this year, with an average expected renovation cost of just over $15,000.

 

Highlights of the poll include:

  • $15,300 is the amount Canadian homeowners say they will spend on their home renovations this year, on average
  • 39 per cent of Canadian homeowners say they plan to renovate their home in the next 12 months
  • Among Canadian homeowners planning to renovate, Alberta homeowners plan to spend the most on their home renovations this year ( $22,900 on average), while Atlantic Canadians say they plan to spend among the least ( $11,000 on average)
  • Regionally, Alberta residents are among the most likely (52 per cent) to say they plan to renovate their home in the next 12 months, while British Columbians are among the least likely with only 25 per cent of home owners saying they plan to renovate
  • Among demographics, Canadians aged 45-54 plan to spend among the most on their home renovations this year ( $18,300 on average), nearly $3,000 more than the national average

"Whether it's replacing an old roof or updating a kitchen, home renovations can help you get more out of your property, but you do need to consider how the costs will fit with your overall financial plan," said Colette Delaney, Executive Vice President of Mortgage, Lending, Insurance and Deposit Products, CIBC.

 

Previous CIBC research shows that Canadians named paying down debt as their top financial priority for 2013, suggesting that those Canadians taking on a home renovation will need to keep a close eye on their renovation budget to stay on track towards their financial goals.

 

"Most people taking on a renovation have a clear vision of how they want their home to look when it's done. Our message is you need the same clear plan for repaying any debt you might incur along the way," added Ms. Delaney.

 

HGTV's Scott McGillivray Notes that Planning is Key to a Successful Renovation


Scott McGillivray, host of HGTV's "Income Property", also stressed the benefits of planning when it comes to making improvements to your home while managing your budget.

 

"The most important part of a renovation is the planning. It sounds cliché, but planning really is half the battle. In my experience, the homeowners who plan ahead are also more likely to be happy with the end result, and are better at sticking to their budget."

 

For Canadians looking to stretch their renovation budget, it's important to prioritize your renovations by mapping out where you are going to invest within your home, and how much money you will need to allocate to each job.

 

"Kitchens and bathrooms are always value-adds, so if you're prioritizing your renovations and looking to make your dollars go further, plan on doing those rooms first," added Mr. McGillivray "I also like to add an income suite in where possible, but that's a personal choice."

 

Renovation Tips from Scott McGillivray:

To make sure you stick to your renovation budget, while getting the greatest return on your investment, Mr. McGillivray offers the following tips:

  • Plan the Work: You don't want to be in the middle of a home renovation project when you realize you are unable to meet your timeline or budget, especially if you are operating with a tight budget.
  • Set your Priorities: If you are taking on multiple renovations, decide which ones are the most important to you, and tackle those first. Kitchens and bathrooms make good choices for a renovation because of the potential to add value to your home.
  • Expect the Unexpected: Regardless of how much you plan in advance, leave a cushion in your budget for the unexpected. You should aim to have a cushion of 20 per cent to over any unexpected costs.
  • Get it in Writing: You should always get quotes from contractors before any work starts, have a signed agreement on the scope of work they will be doing and everything that's included. You also need to be clear on what's not included so that you'll know about any expenses that will be your responsibility.

Financing Advice from CIBC:

To help fund their home renovation, CIBC offers the following tips:

  • Draw on Savings - if you are able to draw on savings to fund part or all of your renovation, it may be the best option. Be sure to leave yourself some emergency funds in your savings account so that you still have a cushion against other unexpected expenses that can arise.
  • Choose a Low Cost Borrowing Option:
    • A secured line of credit, like CIBC's Home Power Plan, offers Canadians with equity in their homes a low cost borrowing solution that can be used to finance expenses such as home improvements. CIBC's Home Power Plan provides Canadians the fixed payment schedule of a mortgage with the flexibility of a line or credit, and the ability to access the funds whenever you need them, should you need to make a future repair or in the event of an emergency.
    • An Unsecured Line of Credit (UPLC) is another option that can be used to finance home renovations. An Unsecured Line of Credit represents a good option for borrowing of smaller amounts with a plan in place to repay the amount owing.

Source: http://www.northumberlandview.ca/index.php?module=news&type=user&func=display&sid=21783

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A recent commercial I saw from Allstate prompted me to look into the hazards of our hot water tank.  I came across the following article:

 

Older homes have the potential of having several hazards related to age but not all of them are obvious. We do not think of hot water tanks as being one of the safety issues in our own homes. Most of us just take the thing for granted as long as it keeps the shower hot and does not make funny noises or leak.

 

A bulletin from the Washington state labor and industries department alerts residents to the hazards presented by hot water heaters. The bulletin starts out by acknowledging that our residential hot water heaters are "so common and trouble-free that we often take their safe operation for granted". (Washington State Department of Labor and Industries publication F620-048-000 [06-2009]) I know that is how I view my hot water heater.


The bulletin goes on to say that in spite of the trouble free record of safe operation, your water heater can harbor the potential for a serious accident. The bulletin recommends' routine inspection and maintenance to keep the hazard risk to a minimum.

 

If you are like me, and millions of other users, the idea of regular inspection of the hot water heater for hazardous defects is pretty new and startling. So let's start with a couple of questions: Can a hot water heater explode? The answer is yes it can. The cause of hot water tank explosions is primarily excessive heat. When water temperature is high enough to generate steam you should remember that steam expands and if your tank is corroded from age it will explode much more easily. Steam expands to fill a space 1,700 times the space it would fill as water. For a dramatic example of an exploding hot water tank check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu3FwgIHsQA

 

Of course explosion is the most dramatic hazard posed by a hot water tank; other hazards are leaks and the sequence of events that might occur from them. Think scalds, electric shocks, and property damage.

The second question that occurred to me was "what are the warning signs that my hot water tank is a hazard?" The warning sign that is most dramatic and dangerous is steam coming out of the hot water faucet. If steam comes out of your hot water faucet turn off the electric power to the water heater or turn off the valve for the gas if it is a natural gas water heater. Do this first and fast. Then call a qualified technician to replace the thermostat. The thermostat regulates the heat and if it is defective can cause major over heating and a violent explosion.

 

The Department of Labor and Industries in Washington state recommends' that you get your residential water heater inspected annually. You can get this done by a professional or learn to do it yourself. There are some dangers in conducting the tests but you can learn how to protect yourself if you read the literature that comes with your hot water tank.

 

Another hazard is the corrosion at the bottom of the tank. Because that seems to be where the worst corrosion occurs it essentially turns your hot water tank into a rocket if it does explode.

 

The other very real concern about bottom of the tank corrosion is property damage from leaks. You should inspect your tank for leaks at least once a year and more often if it is getting old. It may be hard to detect the leaks when they are small if you have insulation around your tank. Check by touching, getting a bright flashlight and looking, and by inspecting the floor under and around your tank for signs of damage.

 

Check your temperature/pressure release valve and make sure it operates properly, is not damaged, corroded or leaking and has a properly installed overflow pipe. One of the major concerns with T/P relief valves is the lack of an overflow pipe because the valve is often on top of the water heater and will shoot super heated water of steam directly into your face if it releases while you are near it.

 

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries bulletin notes a tragic incident where a child lost an eye when the steam shot into his face. The tragedy could have been prevented with a properly installed overflow pipe.

 

If you live in rental housing the responsibility for inspecting the tank probably lies with the property owner but you should know what to look for and what the signs of trouble are so you can call the manager or owner before a lurking threat becomes a real danger.

 

Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/is-hot-water-tank-hazard-7750795.html

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Kim and her Team helped raise over $2000 for the Alberta Children's Hospital and the RE/MAX Childrens Miracle Network.

 

Kim Avery bowling for childrens charities  Team Kim Avery bowling for Childrens Hospital and RE/MAX Childrens Foundation

 

Team Kim Avery bowling for Childrens Hospital and RE/MAX Childrens Foundation   Team Kim Avery bowling for Childrens Hospital and RE/MAX Childrens Foundation

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I have sold a property at 27 TEMPLEBOW WAY NE in CALGARY.
Pride of ownership is top priority in this quaint home in Temple. Each room is a good size and allows your mind to be creative to decorate. The bedrooms are a good size and the Master is equipped with a stand up shower. The bright kitchen has good flow and large windows to let in plenty of light, allows enough room for a table and chairs. One of the best features of the home is the back deck and oversized heated garage. There is also a parking pad at the back for a trailer, and recreational vehicle. The basement of the home is fully developed and has a very large laundry room with cabinets for storage. Call today for your private viewing.
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I have listed a new property at 27 TEMPLEBOW WAY NE in CALGARY.
Pride of ownership is top priority in this quaint home in Temple. Each room is a good size and allows your mind to be creative to decorate. The bedrooms are a good size and the Master is equipped with a stand up shower. The bright kitchen has good flow and large windows to let in plenty of light, allows enough room for a table and chairs. One of the best features of the home is the back deck and oversized heated garage. There is also a parking pad at the back for a trailer, and recreational vehicle. The basement of the home is fully developed and has a very large laundry room with cabinets for storage. Call today for your private viewing.
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Tim C "Live in the Pink" contest with 90.3 AMP RadioKim is helping a buddy with his "Live in the Pink" contest for $10,000 and 90.3 AMP Radio!!!

 

Each contestant has to spend as long as possible living in a pink bodysuit, all day and night, just to win a trip to Edmonton to see Pink in concert!  The more adventurous and out there in the public they are, the more chances they have to win! 

 

The public can also be involved in the contest as well! If you spot one of the 40 contestants, call 403-736-3835 and tell them where and what the "Pink" contestants were doing to win a daily prize of $150 and you're entered to win tickets to P!NK in Edmonton yourself!

 

My friend's name is Tim C - see his photo gallery HERE!!! Contact me if you want to know how to help Tim see his idol in concert!

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Calgarian, David Beart, has plans to build a "pet friendly" house designed for the needs and comfort of the pet-owning family.  The project is currently still in its planning phases; location and talks with a local builder underway, the ground -breaking is set for early 2014 and will be completed later the same year. The house will be available for the public and media to view 30-60 days after completion. Beart's, who was a kidney transplate recipient, main focus for this project is to help promote the Kidney Foundation of Canada and Transplant Awareness as gratitude to the foundation for his successful procedure back in 2009.

The ideal is to design a home in the mid-price range which is durable and easy to maintain not only for home-owner but for the public as well. The project will be documented by articles, blog entries and announcements on the website http://www.professorshouse.com/project hoping to educate and entertain the public along the way.

Considering, 1 in 5 Calgarians own either a dog or cat, Beart hopes this will encourage other Calgarians to incorporate their furry family member into the home-building plans and home-builders to offer pet-friendly options as well. Beart, a dog owner himself, understands all the mishaps and stresses that a dog-owner goes through. It is from this experience that has inspired him to design such a project.

Their plan is to unleash a pack of cats and dogs into a home, tracking their assault, and teaching the public how to clean up the mess afterwards.  Such things like stained furniture, scratched flooring, ruined carpets, lawns, hair and dander issues, reducing allergy problems, storage, etc. will all be covered on their website. They will provide step-by-step instructions on things such as installing doggie doors, containment systems, flooring, setting up aquariums, installing a kitchen, roofing, and how to decorate a "pet-friendly" home.

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I have listed a new property at 5 2415 14A ST SW in CALGARY.
Lifestyle will be a breeze to obtain with this sunny and bright 2 bedroom condo within walking distance to 17 th Avenue. This unit even has a view of nose hill park. Down below the balcony will be a view of a swimming pool too once the building next door is complete! The unit has brand new windows which makes it very bright. There is in suite full size laundry, an assigned carport with the best parking stall in the building and the only one that's covered as well. (#1). Fresh paint in neutral colors allows for you to add your own zest. A wood burning fireplace will add ambiance on a romantic night. Upgrades include a new hot water tank, carpets in bedrooms, tile in the bathroom, and new baseboards too. The complex is small, quaint and very friendly. The new lifestyle of Bankview awaits !
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The power of thank you is a great untapped energy for good. You will be more than amazed as you reach out in gratitude to those you encounter day by day. Recently I created a 'thank you' event that truly came back to bless me.


The other day I took a vehicle I had just bought on the used market to the local dealer of that brand. I had a security issue that only the dealer could solve. The attendant was more than helpful and even looked up the service records for my vehicle. It turns out it had been serviced there over many years. He gave me a copy of the service that had been done and solved my security issues. All at no charge.

 

I sent him a thank you greeting card in the mail.

 

A few days later I received an excited voice mail thanking me over and over for the card. How wonderful (and rare) it was to hear something good and not a complaint, he said. He also went on about how he had shown everyone in the dealship the card. To say I made his day would not be an exageration! This call in turn made me feel good and affirmed again the value of a 'thank you' event.

 

Saying thank you releases so much power for good it really knocks me over. If we all did this on a habitual basis it would truly power up the world for good!

 

What if I told you there is a way to send out these powerful greetings, in the mail conveniently, inexpensively and with an immense degree of personalized customization? Check this out to find out how:

 

Who can you thank, right now?

 

Source: http://showgratitudechallenge.com/article/the-power-of-thank-you?calgarycards

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