Should you buy a home with a finished basement?

Most finished basements are moldy or will develop mold in the future because they are usually built poorly. Learn what to look for when home shopping and don't buy a home with a poorly-built basement

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Dimpled waterproof membranes on exterior basement walls helps prevent mold

HOW TO HEAT A SWIMMING POOL AS EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE 

Top 10 tips for operating and heating a pool cheaply and efficiently, including how to build a new pool with better energy efficiency.

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How to heat and maintain a pool as affordably and efficiently as possible

WHICH ARE THE BEST BEE-FRIENDLY  ALTERNATIVES TO GRASS FOR BACKYARDS?

Ground covers and succulent plants offer an eco-friendly alternative to traditional high maintenance lawn, the bonus is, bees love them too!

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Find eco-friendly altnerative ground covers grass

Standardized sustainable homes, enhancing Canada's housing landscape

The federal government has proposed a groundbreaking solution to the Canadian housing crisis: the establishment of a standardized home directory. 

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Are pre-approved home design catalogue Canada, a good or bad idea? © Robe

World's first carbon-negative home built to withstand extreme weather

Beyond bricks and mortar: pPartanna's carbon-negative, storm-resistant 'tree-like' home offers self-sufficiency in this changing climate

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A Home for the World: Breathing Concrete for a Hopeful Future

Natural gas vs propane, what is the difference and which is better?

High efficiency heat pumps and heat pump water heaters are the preferred option for green homes, if your home is too far from the natural gas supply or it's mobile home or tiny house, propane may be the only option...

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Natural Gas vs Propane, which is best and what are the differences?

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