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Best Blogs in Edmonton

Blogs are a great way for Edmontonians to get their information. More casual than your average news site with niche topics that appeal to your unique tastes and interests, most people could name at least one or two blogs they like to follow. Also, bloggers tend to become our “internet friends” that we can trust for a great recommendation or honest review. 

When it comes to the top Edmonton blogs, here are a few of the best ones you should check out (besides this one!) 

Explore Edmonton 

This is the quintessential blog for all things fun in Edmonton. Covering past events and promoting upcoming events, Explore Edmonton is the best place to get all your news for what’s going on in the city. It’s the perfect resource for planning a date or

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5 Tips For Making Your Edmonton Home More Eco-Friendly

Edmonton homeowners are always looking for ways to make their homes more eco-friendly. Going green has serious benefits. Not only could you save money on utilities, but you could also reduce your carbon footprint, waste less, and enjoy that wonderful tingling feeling when you do something good for someone else. In this case, the “someone else” is Mother Nature.

Here are 5 tips for making your Edmonton home more eco-friendly:

1 – Invest in a New Furnace or AC Unit

 Ever hear the saying, “you have to spend money to make money?” That rings true when it comes to your HVAC systems. Modern furnaces, heaters, and air conditioners are high-efficiency units that use less fuel and produce more energy. Using less fuel means you’re spending less on your

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Smart Grid is a money saver for the city and a way you can get Utilities to pay you. Soon we will be able to measure the overall energy use of your home by the second and by the penny even on a per appliance basis. It may even be possible to hook a home up with its own smart grid which will make reducing energy consumption more effective by storing saved energy as a commodity which can be used at peak times, or sold back to the utility company.

In 2010 EPCOR filed their (smart grid) design and architecture with the Alberta Utilities Commission to put this in place. As of June 2017, the smart grid is up and running! This system will monitor your usage by the hour and be able to educate you on when the peak times are so you can change your usage habits.

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If you have ever been a landlord, are currently a landlord, or are thinking about Edmonton investment properties for sale, you'll be glad you reviewed our latest tips and tricks of the trade! Some people think owning a rental property is all about finding a good condo or house in an area that renters will love. This is just the beginning! You have to interview tenants, create contracts, monitor your property, be on call for property repairs, and evict tenants if needed. Of course, the pay off is that the tenant gives you enough money each month to more than cover costs and eventually help you pay off the property in its entirety. Through all the pros and cons of owning a rental property, how are you to keep your head on straight and find some

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Alberta Buyers' Market

Alberta has been hit hard over the last few years with the dramatic decrease in the price of oil. Even though many have lost their jobs, companies have scaled back on projects, and consumers have been very cautious, the housing market seems to be ready for a bit of stability. The Edmonton Journal recently reported that the expectation for housing prices in 2018 is set to decline by 1.5%. Comparable sources commented similarly on the Calgary market as well, which means a slight decrease in prices is expected for the majority of the real estate markets in the province.

Given this tidbit of information, it is a fantastic time for anyone looking to purchase a home! The economic cycle will always continue to rotate between a buyers' market and sellers'

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Edmonton Ice Castle

There's no question that when winter hits Edmonton, it can hit hard and cold. We Edmontonians are constantly looking for ways to make the most of the season and this winter, Hawrelak Park in South Central Edmonton will be turned into a frosty fantasy land with the construction of an ice castle of epic proportions.

Hand crafted using water, icicles, and snow; the ice castle will feature full-sized rooms and corridors where Edmonton families can wander and explore the frosty fortification. Featuring a throne room, internal waterfall, ice maze and a working ice slide; the castle is a walkable attraction that is sure to become a memorable and mesmerizing winter experience.

 Called “Narnia-like” by the castle creators, the ice palace will feature

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Coming Attractions

The real estate industry moves lightning fast, and, in the words of the iconic Ferris Bueller, “If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” In Edmonton, there are several new and exciting developments that buyers need to know about. 

Whether you’re planning to buy now or later, here are four new developments in Edmonton you should get excited about: 

1 - SKY Residences at ICE District 

This new development is the perfect location for buyers who want to stay right in the middle of the action. SKY Residences at ICE District is a 66-storey building, making it the tallest tower in Western Canada. The building itself is flush with the Rogers Centre, perfect for entertainment and hockey fans. Condos start on the 32st

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Holiday Season

Ah, the holidays… A time when it’s acceptable to drink eggnog, when the shopping centres become a warzone, and the kids are bursting with excitement at the thought of catching a glimpse of old Saint Nick. If you’re a typical Edmontonian, the holidays can also get expensive. And since the days are shorter, you may feel the pressure to pack in as much weekend action as possible to make the most of the season. 

We’ve got you covered. Here are five things to in Edmonton this holiday season: 

1 - Check Out Luminaria 

For a small admission fee, head to the University of Alberta to check out this amazing spectacle. Thousands of candles are lit along the Kurimoto Japanese Garden. The ambiance is further elevated with ice sculptures, carolers,

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5 Tips for Making Your Edmonton Home More Eco-Friendly

Edmonton homeowners are always looking for ways to make their homes more eco-friendly. Going green has serious benefits. Not only could you save money on utilities, but you could also reduce your carbon footprint, waste less, and enjoy that wonderful tingling feeling when you do something good for someone else. In this case, the “someone else” is Mother Nature.

Here are 5 tips for making your Edmonton home more eco-friendly:

1 – Invest in a New Furnace or AC Unit

 Ever hear the saying, “you have to spend money to make money?” That rings true when it comes to your HVAC systems. Modern furnaces, heaters, and air conditioners are high-efficiency units that use less fuel and produce more energy. Using less fuel means you’re spending less on your

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Halloween in Edmonton

For many Edmontonians, Halloween rivals any other holiday throughout the year – even Christmas! Getting dressed up, watching scary movies, and eating copious amounts of candy are just a few activities enjoyed by Halloween lovers of all ages.

Batty the Bat

If you love Halloween but you’re not sure what to do in Edmonton to celebrate this year, check out this list of our top 7 things to do in Edmonton for Halloween:

1 - Combine History and Haunted Walks

There are a couple engaging haunted walks around Edmonton that will thrill, educate, and terrify you and your friends. Edmonton Ghost Tours run two specific tours this time of year. Both the Old Strathcona tour and University of Alberta tour will take you through the specific areas while experienced

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