New Year, New Leaf!!

We have made a subtle change to our logo, with a strong statement. Our new leaf brings attention to the rise in trees, which are becoming extinct in Ontario. Our leaf is shaped after the leaves that can be found on Cherry Birch (Betula Lenta). A note from Cottage Life regarding the Cherry Birch;

“Unlike many other endangered trees, the cherry birch isn’t threatened by a pest or fungus. Instead, habitat destruction due to residential development throughout southern Ontario has significantly reduced its numbers. As well, since the population exists almost exclusively on the shores of Lake Ontario, the tree is particularly vulnerable to erosion. At the moment, cherry birches can only be found in two sites on the Niagara peninsula”.

How does the above relate to #submetering or #onyxenergy? We are passionate about conservation and sustainability. We participate in tree planting events and donate tree seedlings for new and extensions to contracts through our program, Partnering with Purpose.

Unfortunately, trees must come down to support residential and commercial development, widening roads and changes to landscape, but what comes down, we can build back up! This is why we also support tree planting within all of our divisions.

The change to our logo also signifies new growth! We are poised for continue growth and will maintain our commitment to giving back, giving back to communities, charities and our planet!

Happy New Year!

#partneringwithpurpose, #suitemetering, #plantingtrees, #conservationthroughemPOWERment, #onyxcondomangement, #onyxpropertygroup, #queenofking

Greener Schools

Before the end of the 2019 school year, Onyx Energy was able to present to a local Kitchener school; we engaged with a group of grade 8 students and assist them in content for a project on how to make their school and region more sustainable.  We look forward to working with our local and other regions school board for this upcoming school year.  Green schools and the encouragement of staff and students to make a difference is important.  We are excited to see funding announced during the summer that will assist schools in being green!  This is a great initiative.  For more information please see below as published by the National Post.

$60 million from federal carbon tax to go to green projects in schools


The Onyx Cares Project

Since the inception of Onyx Energy; care and concern for the environment has been a pillar of our corporate culture.  To name a few initiatives, we have planted trees, donated seedlings to area schools and have held e-waste drives!  We decided to bring together our passion for the environment and sustainability and create the Onyx Cares Project.

For each new contract; Onyx Energy provides the following options to our clients;

  • Tree Planting/Seedings.  We will donate seedlings (one for each Tenant/Occupant) that can be planted on-site; if planting on-site is not an option, Onyx Energy will add the total number of trees to our tree planting events and donate these in the communities which we service
  • Filtered Water.  Onyx Energy has partnered with a local company, Enviro-Stewards; with their help, we will donate on our client’s behalf one filtration system; which is sent to a community in need, generally Africa, these systems can filter water for a community of 10 people for up to 25 years.  Each system is tracked via GPS and information relating to the community is shared through social media
  • Living Wall.  One of the benefits of installing a living wall is that it is a natural way to purify the air around you; they also provide a great visual and are an indoor statement piece.  Onyx Energy can provide and install living walls to be enjoyed by your clients, Tenants or Occupants.

Installing our sub-metering services can make a significant impact on the environment. Generally, when users are made aware of their consumption, they lower their consumption, which conserves natural resources.  When you choose to partner with Onyx Energy for sub-metering, you are selecting a Partnership with Purpose.





27,000 Bottles of Water

Did you know that Onyx Energy has a detection system that can detect low-level and high-level water consumption issues?  Several times a month, our system is able to detect low-level alerts which more often than not are issues with toilets. In this example, there is nothing low about this alert.

A flapper issued an alert for higher than normal consumption of water in a condo unit, the issue from the start of detection until corrected by the Owner was roughly 7 hours, which wasted close to 8,000 bottles of water.  Had this not been addressed, each day the equivalent of 27,000 bottles of water would have been wasted.  This is alarming.  However, because our system, in each property that we sub-meter for water, we have the ability to detect these issues so that Owners and Property Managers can stop the issue, saving water.

Seems more than ever, that everywhere you turn there are posts about what we need to do NOW to protect Mother Earth.  From commercials, news stories, social media, and conversations.  It is at the forefront of our business model to help where we can to conserve water.  It is a precious resource.

That sentiment proved to be very strongly communicated in a documentary that our team has watched on more than a few occasions.   If you get a chance to, we recommend watching “The World’s Water Crisis” brought to you by the series “Explained”.

Outside of conserving water, we promote conservation of all utilities.  We offer suggestions and support, and green initiatives to offset carbon emissions.  If you have a great tip, we would love to hear from you!

If you living in a property that is not serviced by Onyx Energy we invite you to please check your toilets for leaks, and flapper issues, you will save money and help the environment.

#onyxenergyinc, #wastenotwantnot, #conservationthroughemPOWERment



Sustainability Waterloo


Onyx Energy is a program member with Sustainability Waterloo.  This is a great local organization that notes the following on their website, “We foster the development of the local green economy by supporting organizations to set ambitious and realistic sustainability targets. We encourage an overall approach to sustainability, with focus on carbon, waste and water operations”.

In speaking with the Co-Founder of Onyx Energy, Angel-Marie Reiner, she shared why the partnership with Sustainability Waterloo was so crucial to the organization.  “Beyond the fact that this is a great organization that promotes conservation and sustainability in our region, we joined the organization to push our accountability towards sustainability.  Essentially, we promote to our client base the importance of conservation, and we want to have a pulse on not only Onyx Energy but Onyx Property Group that keeps us aiming to “walk-the-walk”, “talk-the-talk”, we must lead by example, and have that measured”.

The Onyx Group, comprised of both Onyx Energy and Onyx Property Group are working through their third week of a month-long challenge, known as the Carbon Cleanse.  If you follow us on Instagram and Twitter, you would have seen posts of the fantastic efforts our team has made, to reduce water usage, electricity usage and make dramatic improvements to overall waste reduction.

Check out our Carbon Cleanse adventure on our Instagram Page @onyxenergy



What is Carbon Offsetting?

Carbon offsetting is a globally recognized way to take responsibility for unavoidable carbon emissions. In simple terms, offsetting one tonne of carbon means there will be one less tonne of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there would otherwise have been.  It is the fastest way to achieve emissions reductions and the only way to achieve carbon neutrality.

Climate change is increasingly on the agenda around the world. As awareness increases,  your customers, investors and staff are looking to your business to act responsibly.  It is impossible to operate a business without any carbon footprint. This means that after reducing what they can, businesses need to offset remaining, unavoidable emissions.

There are many activities that generate carbon offsets. Renewable energy projects , like a wind farm or solar installation can create carbon offsets by displacing fossil fuels. Other types of offsets include tree planting initiatives and energy-efficiency projects that absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The goal of carbon offsetting is to match the exact carbon damage done in one place with carbon repair elsewhere. This means you need to contribute a tonne of benefit for a tonne of harm.  Most companies outsource the repair part of the equation by making a payment to another company who will finance beneficial environmental work on their behalf. These carbon offset companies allow others to invest in environmental projects around the world in order to balance out their own carbon footprints. Carbon offsetting can help the world to tackle global warming by funding environmental projects that would not have happened otherwise. Good offsets are a win for everyone. An example is a wind energy project that would not otherwise have been financially viable. By investing in it, you’re adding to the overall supply of renewable energy which reduces the future consumption of fossil fuels. This helps shift the world onto a greener path.

Onyx Energy is committed to empowering those around us to be able to effectively contribute to conservation and make a meaningful impact.  Onyx Energy has partnered with Carbonzero, the industry leader in terms of carbon offsetting. Our partnership with Carbonzero assists us in our tree-planting initiatives. We challenge ourselves and all businesses to be conservation conscious.


How to Save Energy While on Vacation

The sun is out and the beach is calling you! Everyone enjoys a get away during the hot summer months but before you hit the road, consider these tips to save money and conserve energy at home.

Unplug everything

Many people don’t realize how many appliances use electricity even when not in use. It may sound like work but taking the time to unplug every unnecessary electric appliance or device will be worth it. Chargers, microwaves, game consoles, televisions, coffee makers all use electricity while plugged in, even when not being used. Stand by modes are not good enough, you have to pull the plug in order to save energy.

Adjust your thermostat

Air conditioning is a big culprit in raising energy usage and helping that electric bill skyrocket. If you are leaving for an extended period of time, adjust the thermostat. By increasing the temperature to 28-29 degrees you will save money but keep things cool enough to prevent damage. Your personal belonging, electronics and furniture will be unharmed.  Programmable thermostats are a huge help.  They can be set to cool the home off again just in time for your return. 

Turn off the lights

Walk through the home and switch off all lights.  Using timers or motion-detecting lights for security purposes is a great idea but be sure to use energy-efficient LED bulbs in the fixtures that are set to light up.

Keep out the sun

Windows let in light, which creates excess heat.  Close blinds and curtains to moderate the temperature and prevent your air conditioner from running excessively. This will save energy and protect your furniture from sun damage. 

Energy Saving Tips for the Hot Summer Months

Summer is in full swing, bringing lots of fun but the high temperatures can also mean an increase to your electric bill. These simple and inexpensive actions can help you save energy and money during the hot summer months.

Before you leave home for an extended absence turn off your air conditioner, or at a minimum,  turn up the thermostat. This is an easy way to use less power. Also, make sure the air filter is clean. Dirty air filters cause air conditioning units to work harder, therefore using more energy.

Heat up your food without heating up the house. A microwave is much faster and more efficient at heating things up than an oven.  Choosing to BBQ outdoors whenever possible is a great help as well. Not only does this bring the taste of summer to the table, it keeps the heat outside.

Keep the sun out. Curtains, blinds and shades keep the sun’s hot rays out of your house. Keep them closed on sunny days during the summer season. Also, trees planted near your house will add shade with the added bonus that, when the tree sheds its leaves in the fall, the sunlight will return just in time for the colder months.

If you use air conditioning, installing ceiling fans will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort. Just remember to turn off the fan when you leave the room. Fans cool people by creating a wind chill effect but they do not actually cool the room.

Solar power your laundry. Skip the dryer and go for an old-fashioned clothes line.  You can’t beat free energy from the sun, but first make sure there is no rain in the forecast.

Onyx Energy is committed to helping both property owners and tenants reduce their energy use. For more information on energy conservation visit

How Sub-Metering Increases Property Value

The costs associated with the delivery, supply and administration of utilities continues to rapidly increase year over year. As a property owner you can lessen your overall burden of having to absorb these rate increases by using Onyx Energy’s sub metering solution.

Onyx Energy’s sub metering system creates easy visibility into how and when energy is consumed. This means that key decision-makers can identify inefficiencies and take immediate action to curb waste. At the same time, making buildings themselves more sustainable, and helping equipment and machinery last longer.

While having accurate energy bills is great, tenants also want to see their own real-time data for their space.  This unique offer gives the building a competitive advantage which can help maintain high occupancy.

By reviewing their energy data, tenants can see how their behavioural changes affect utility bills. Each sustainability effort tenants make will be visible in the energy consumption data, motivating them to reduce their energy consumption through simple adjustments likes electricity usage during off hours.

A reduction of net expense through water and energy conservation and recovery of utility expense adds to an owner’s net operating income. When a property’s net operating income is increased, the result is a greater loan and resale value to the owner. Not to mention, properties outfitted with utility sub-metering, allocation, and billing management systems have the curb appeal and financial draw buyers look for.

Partnering with Onyx Energy will dramatically increase your property value. For example, a 50 unit building pays $25,000 in water and gas fees annually. Having the tenants pay for their own consumption increases the value of the property by $500,000 with zero money invested.

Ready to increase  your property value? Contact Onyx Energy to speak with the sub metering experts.

Onyx Energy App Coming Soon

Soon you will be able to download the Onyx Energy App via the App Store or Google Play Store.  View your invoices and consumption data in seconds! View your Onyx Energy Agreements and track your process of lowering your Carbon Footprint.  Join the Onyx Energy movement of Conservation Through Empowerment, Living Carbon Neutral, view and submit conservation tips.