How to Use “Save on Energy” Business Electricity Rebates

How to Use “Save on Energy” Business Electricity Rebates

The Save on Energy program is an energy efficiency and conservation program provided through the Government of Ontario and the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Programs offered through the Save on Energy program support both businesses and homeowners, however, few businesses are aware of the range of incentives available. This is a missed opportunity…

Cap & Trade Makes Energy Efficiency Upgrades a Priority for Ontario Businesses

Cap & Trade Makes Energy Efficiency Upgrades a Priority for Ontario Businesses

With the implementation of the Ontario Cap & Trade Program, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are a popular topic in Ontario. As the province switches to a cleaner electrical grid, the cost to provide electricity goes up; this can influence the profitability of heavy energy users. However, many companies are considering projects to improve their energy…

IESO Conservation Fund FAQs for Energy Efficiency Projects

IESO Conservation Fund FAQs for Energy Efficiency Projects

The IESO Conservation Fund program supports innovative energy conservation projects that reduce a business’ demand for Ontario’s public energy. This includes the purchase and installation of energy-efficient technologies, or the development and initiation of internal energy management programs. Through the program, companies may receive up to 50-100% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $250,000-$1,000,000…

An Increasingly Convenient Truth: Climate Change’s Business Potential

An Increasingly Convenient Truth: Climate Change’s Business Potential

In 2016, Canada’s Liberal Party placed a tremendous focus on environmental and economic issues. This is clearly evidenced in their Real Change program, which contrasts the strategic differences between them and the previously elected Conservative Party. Publications on Canada’s clean technology (cleantech) sector note that Canada lost between 41-71% of its market share globally since…

How Lightweight Vehicles Are Transforming the Automotive Industry

How Lightweight Vehicles Are Transforming the Automotive Industry

New vehicle innovations are reshaping the automotive industry at a more rapid pace than ever before.  Global manufacturers are developing new products and processes at an accelerated rate, which is helping the automotive industry to become more efficient and technologically advanced. One of the major trends leading this revolution is the lightening of vehicles throughout…

What is the Ontario Cap and Trade Program?

What is the Ontario Cap and Trade Program?

With cap and trade programs making an increasing appearance in news headlines, Ontario businesses should be aware of the carbon tax regulations that are coming into effect. Ontario’s Cap and Trade regulation went into force on July 1, 2016 and will officially launch on January 1, 2017, which businesses should look at closely, as energy-based…

What Canadian Businesses Need to Know About Carbon Taxes & Cap and Trade Policies

What Canadian Businesses Need to Know About Carbon Taxes & Cap and Trade Policies

Provinces and territories are working with the Canadian government to develop a low-carbon economy. The federal government’s current strategy is to let provinces develop a plan for how they will achieve individualized carbon-reduction goals. This regional approach, as opposed to a ‘one size fits all’ model helps provinces develop a tailored plan that respects industries…

Register for an April 2016 Small Business Event or Funding Webinar

Register for an April 2016 Small Business Event or Funding Webinar

Canadian business owners and executives have several opportunities to learn and grow their company this month. In addition to Mentor Works’ ongoing small business funding webinars, members of our team will also be attending small business events across southern Ontario. Join us at any of the following events to discover small business grants, loans, and…

saveONenergy Ontario Energy Conservation Incentives

saveONenergy Ontario Energy Conservation Incentives

In 2015, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) merged under the IESO name to increase synergy between the two agencies and reduce administrative costs. During this merger, several saveONenergy incentives for business (formerly administered by OPA) were rebranded to reflect the new partnership. Businesses can now save on energy…

Downsizing: How to Optimize your Living Space (Part 2 of 2)

Downsizing: How to Optimize your Living Space (Part 2 of 2)

Last week I wrote Part 1 of Downsizing: How to Optimize your Living Space, which explained trends in increasing living space per person. This trend was inconsistent with a reducing household headcount and flat-line house building costs, creating an excess in living space not seen in other countries. The solution to this issue, unfortunately, is…