Case Studies

Demonstrating sustainability and profitability go hand-in-hand

Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation

Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation is a social housing provider that manages of 1,577 rent-geared-to-income, rent-supplemented housing units, senior and adult units in the City of Kingston and Frontenac County, Ontario.


KFHC previously upgraded over 1,000 lights in halls and stairwells to eco-friendly fluorescent bulbs. In 2017, they upgraded again, replacing all 24-hour fluorescent lighting with LED lights. These LED lights will last about 6 years, avoiding labour costs for annually replacing fluorescent bulbs.


Health care and social assistance


$7,000 – $5,000 incentive from Utilities Kingston = $2,000

Payback period
2 months

Energy reductions
137,500 kWh/year

Cost savings
$15,500/year for electricity
$4,500 in labour savings

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York Region

Alectra Utilities (York Region)

Conducted an idling reduction initiative for fleet and personal vehicles at service centres.


Trinity United Church

More efficiently programmed heating cycles, added a layer on stained glass windows, and improved door seals with inexpensive consumer solutions.

Waterloo Region

City of Kitchener

Installed a coil on a supply air duct at City Hall to reclaim the heat exhausted through the evaporative fluid cooler that is created when the air handling unit is in dehumidification mode.

Hamilton and Burlington

Walker Emulsions

Rented and temporarily installed a water softener to test the viability of producing emulsion using soft water, with the goal of preventing build-up in process heat exchangers.