If we all make some changes to the way we use energy, we could make a significant difference to the economic and environmental future of Nova Scotia. That means more money in all of our pocketbooks and a greener future for Nova Scotians in every part of the province. The EnerGuide for Houses program includes expert advice and rebates for upgrades to new and existing homes, and includes help for low-to-modest income homeowners. Through this and other energy-efficiency programs, we are keeping our commitment to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and making life better for families in every region of the province. Conserve Nova Scotia offers a variety of rebates, as well as financing programs to help homeowners save energy and money, and protect our environment. Nova Scotia Power also offers rebates and financing options for those planning to build or who have an existing home heated with electricity. Natural Resources Canada recently discontinued its ecoEnergy Retrofit-Homes Program for new entrants. As a result, homeowners entering the province’s EnerGuide program after March 31 are not eligible for federal rebates. I realize that this change is frustrating for many Nova Scotian families that intended to access this program to reduce their energy use and take action on climate change. It may also leave some people wondering if they can or should do an energy efficiency evaluation on their home if the federal rebate is no longer available. The answer is yes. If you’ve registered after midnight on March 31, 2010, you can still have an initial assessment completed on your home, and can access provincial rebates of up to $1,500. Rebates of up to $4,200 are also available from Nova Scotia Power for energy efficient upgrades to electrically-heated homes. Financing options are available as well. Anyone registered by midnight March 31 can still access federal, provincial and Nova Scotia Power rebates. As well, our solar program offers a combined $2,500 rebate from Conserve Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Power for residential water heating projects that can be financed through the EnerGuide program’s interest-free loan. Energy efficiency evaluations are completed by certified energy auditors employed by service providers throughout the province. The $150 evaluation fee is a smart investment that will pay for itself over time. It provides valuable information to help homeowners reduce their energy and water use and provides an opportunity to save money on fuel and utility bills. If you own a home, I encourage you to call a service provider in your area to book an EnerGuide evaluation today. Take advantage of this great opportunity to save energy and money, increase the comfort and value of your home, and reduce your impact on the environment. For more information on EnerGuide programs for new or existing houses, visit www.itstartswithme.ca or call the EnerInfo line at 1-800-670-4636. -30-
There are only 35 working days to go before the entry deadline to SMMT’s third Award for Automotive Innovation sponsored by GKN Driveline and supported by The Times. Ahead of the midnight 2 September deadline, the wide range of entries received so far reflects the full scope of UK automotive engineering and design.The Award recognises innovations within UK automotive manufacturing, design and engineering, acknowledging ideas that deliver excellence in the sector. Short-listed entries for this year will be featured at the SMMT Annual Dinner on 27 November in front of an audience of 1,000 industry people, when the winner will be announced.Confirmed judges on the highly experienced panel will be GKN Driveline Chief Engineer, Dave Salt, Industrial Editor The Times, Robert Lea, television presenter and low carbon automotive enthusiast, Robert Llewellyn, Director Business Growth Fund, Ian Downing, and SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt.Last year’s winner was Jaguar Land Rover and its 4×4 plug-in hybrid concept, Land Rover Range_e, while Gordon Murray Design scooped the 2010 Award for its iStream manufacturing process.The Award is open to members and non-members, engaged in any aspect of the automotive industry in the UK. Entries should be for innovations created no earlier than 1 January 2010. Entry is free and open to anyone, be it an individual, team, department or a submission on behalf of an organisation, provided there is a link with the UK sector.To enter, please download the entry form from the SMMT website: www.smmt.co.uk/aaiThose who have already submitted their entry can register for updates by e-mailing [email protected] Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
“I’m one of those people who think everyone should have a therapist,” she told the magazine. “People go to the gym, they eat healthily and visit the hairdresser’s but no one really looks after their mind.”Because of her anxiety, the star rarely visits London and instead films her vlog from her bedroom in Hove.She said: “My dream is to be able to just hop on the train one day and come back again, and I know I’ll get to that point but up until then I have to take lots of little baby steps.”One of my big things is to visit Australia and New Zealand. That’s my main goal.” She has revealed before that panic attacks have stopped her visiting restaurants and even going on public transport.The star said a particularly low point was when it was revealed her book, “Girl Online”, was written by a ghostwriter.”It knocked my confidence massively,” she explained.”When it came round to the second book, I felt I couldn’t and that it had all been ruined. It took a lot for me to put that behind me and move forward”. Zoella, real name Zoe Sugg, has spoken out about mental health ever since stunning her many YouTube followers in 2012 by revealing she had suffered from crippling anxiety from a young age.She is wildly popular on YouTube, boasting 11 million followers and 829 million views.Ms Sugg has fans all over the world, but says her success would not be possible without her therapist, who she speaks to every week. Popular vlogger Zoella has revealed she turned down the chance to meet Prince Harry.She spoke to Cosmopolitan about the anxiety which struck her down after she released her debut novel, “Girl Online”, in 2014.The vlogger told the magazine: “I was too scared. I’m working on this anxiety thing but I’m not quite ready for that. Hopefully he will invite me back. Sorry Prince Harry”.He had reportedly invited her for tea at Buckingham Palace, before she turned down his invite. 1 broken back, 48 sharpies & 20,000 pages later 🎉💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/lFsYod4xfO— Zoë (@Zoella) October 1, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.