Fine Design Living, One of the GTA’s Leading Boutique Design and Build Firms, Weighs in on Energy Rate Hike and Popularity of Ethanol Fireplaces

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Fine Design Living (http://www.FineDesignLiving.com), one of the GTA’s leading boutique design and build firms specializing in high quality exterior and interior custom renovations for residential and commercial clients, is weighing in on the recently announced energy rate hike and the rising popularity of custom ethanol fireplaces for homes and condominiums.

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Fine Design Living, One of the GTA’s Leading Boutique Design and Build Firms, Weighs in on Energy Rate Hike and Popularity of Ethanol Fireplaces

The Ontario government recently announced its long-term energy plan, one that would see homeowners facing a 33% increase in electricity rates over the next three years.

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Fine Design Living (http://www.FineDesignLiving.com), one of the GTA’s leading boutique design and build firms specializing in high quality exterior and interior custom renovations for residential and commercial clients, is weighing in on the recently announced energy rate hike and the rising popularity of custom ethanol fireplaces for homes and condominiums.

“The Ontario government recently announced its long-term energy plan, one that would see homeowners facing a 33% increase in electricity rates over the next three years. While the average monthly bill today is $125.00, by 2016, it will jump to $167.00. Even in the short term, Ontarians will be paying more for energy; on November 1, electricity rates went up three percent,” says Braden White, owner of Fine Design Living. “This sharp hike in energy prices and an early, icy start to winter has triggered an increased demand for ethanol fireplaces.” (Source: Leslie, K., “Ontario electricity rates to rise 33% in three years under Liberals’ long-term energy plan,” Financial Post web site, December 2, 2013; http://business.financialpost.com/2013/12/02/ontario-electricity-rates-to-keep-rising-as-long-term-energy-plan-released/.)

Whether it’s for a large custom home or a suite on the 30th floor of a condominium, ventless ethanol fireplaces are an affordable, safe, and efficient way to heat up a home. Because they are ventless, the heat doesn't escape through a chimney, staying in the room. According to White, unlike gas or traditional wood-burning fireplaces, which can be difficult and expensive to install, ethanol fireplaces are an easy and inexpensive alternative.

“Until recently, those living in a condo or apartment had to do without a fireplace. While installing a gas or wood-burning stove in a condominium is out of the question, having an environmentally friendly ethanol fireplace isn’t,” White adds. “Whether someone owns a condominium or rents, they can enjoy the warmth of an ethanol fireplace. That’s because an ethanol fireplace works in a similar fashion to candles: there are no gas lines, no need to haul wood, and no sparks involved. Using ethanol, the fire burns without smoke, ash or soot, and built-in safety features ensure that the ethanol fireplace will shut off if it tilts, shakes, or tips over.”

One major advantage of an ethanol fireplace is that it doesn’t need a chimney and can be installed in any building, in any room, and on any wall. In fact, a wall-mounted ethanol fireplace can be installed in minutes and taken down just as easily.

“Ethanol fireplaces are not limited to being mounted to a wall and come in an endless variety of styles and price points,” White concludes. “An experienced boutique design and build firm can create a custom faux chimney covered with a wide range of different types of stones. This makes for a very dramatic look inside of a condo unit located where you wouldn't expect to see a fireplace and chimney.”

Fine Design Living is a boutique design and build firm specializing in high-quality exterior and interior custom renovations for both residential and commercial clients. From unique landscape designs and landscape construction to custom interior renovations, Fine Design Living is committed to providing the highest-quality workmanship, backed by the personalized approach of excellent service. Based out of Markham, Fine Design Living serves customers in Toronto and the GTA, including Richmond Hill, Thornhill, Vaughan, Newmarket, Unionville, Aurora, Woodbridge, and Stouffville. More information on Fine Design Living is available by visiting the firm's web site at http://www.FineDesignLiving.com or by calling 416-817-6128.

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