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Remote device keeps your home at the
right cost-efficient temperature
If your life doesn’t always follow the timetable you punched into your programmable
thermostat at home,– it might be time to consider a ‘remote’ option for the best cost-
control of all.
Like a scene out of a Star Trek episode, ‘smart control’ systems allow homeowners to
adjust their home’s heating and air conditioning system remotely off a smart phone,
iPad, handheld device or computer. In short, they allow homeowners to set the
temperature of their residence on an as-needed basis, 24/7.
While they may not be useful for everyone, they are a boon to single homeowners who
travel extensively and have unpredictable schedules, or families with cottages up north
or winter residences down south.
Accessed via a secure web portal or through downloadable apps, these systems can
significantly trim utility bills by providing an easy and manageable solution to each
homeowner’s heating and cooling needs. One smart control manufacturer estimates an
average of 24 per cent savings on heating and 21 per cent on cooling energy costs.
There are a variety of smart controls on the market – from basic models to sophisticated
options that interface with multiple systems in a home. Sophisticated systems send
alerts, service reminders, and even warnings when things are not running smoothly.
They tell homeowners when they need to replace their furnace filter, let them know of
a change in static air pressure or, worst-case scenario, when their furnace stops working
Some systems even provide in-depth analysis on a home’s heating and cooling
consumption and performance. Online reports outline everything from the number of
hours a heating or cooling system is running to how much money is being saved, in any
given period.
For help finding more information on smart control options or a licensed contractor
near you, go to
Source: newscanada
5 facts about cord
blood that benefits
all Canadians
Canadian Blood Services is building
Canada’s first national public cord
blood bank, which Canadians of all
ethnic backgrounds will benefit from.
Here are some fast facts about cord
blood and Canadian Blood Services’
“For All Canadians” campaign.
1. This campaign, “For All Canadians”,
has been matched by the
provincial and territorial govern-
ments outside of Quebec, with
the governments providing the
balance of the $48-million project
and operational costs.
2. Canada is the only G8 country
without a national public cord
blood bank; Canadian Blood
Services is working to change this.
3. Demand for stem cells in Canada
is growing at a staggering rate.
The number of Canadian patients
waiting for life-saving stem cell
transplants has tripled over the
past five years and continues to
4. The umbilical cord and placenta,
which is currently discarded after
childbirth, is a rich source of stem
cells that can provide renewed life
for many patients who are waiting
for a lifesaving match.
5. Cord blood stem cell transplants
are used for treating more than
50 diseases and disorders such
as leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic
anemia, inherited immune system
and metabolic disorders, as well as
sickle cell disease.
Canadian Blood Services has posted
information about the national
public cord blood bank and its
$12.5 million fundraising campaign,
which is necessary to establish
the bank and increase the odds of
finding a match for patients requiring
stem cell transplants in Canada, at
Source: newscanada
Website gives protection
tips regarding your mobile
Canadians are some of the fastest adopters of smartphones and tablets, and we use our
devices for many things including conducting personal and professional business. With
more and more personal information being stored on mobile devices than ever before,
it is critical to take steps to keep that information safe.
Launched in November of 2012 the website –
ims to raise
awareness about wireless device security and to provide Canadian consumers with
tools and information about how to keep their personal data and information on their
wireless device safe. Additionally, the website has a section that provides information on
ways to avoid being the target of cell phone theft. While more cell phones are lost than
stolen in Canada, the information is important for any wireless device user.
Some of the tips available on the site include password protecting your device, writing
down your IMEI (this may be found by typing *#06# in to your device or by looking on
the back of your device behind the battery), updating security software on your device
and installing apps only from a trusted source.
Source: newscanada