Power / Discussions

What are solar battery storage alternatives?

...power? Here is our guide to choosing home batteries , and you could also check into saltwater home batteries as well. Tnx for the reply, it's going to be of...

Posted by Sasha Nazarchuk Sept. 21, 2020, 1:13 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses

Where can I find salt water batteries?

...power storage was an exciting development, but unfortunately not much came from it from what we've seen. There are a lot of good things about them, namely that ...

Posted by S Conrad June 23, 2020, 9:52 p.m. Renewable energy 3 Responses

What would a saltwater home battery bank be for solar applications?

...power a home there are some variables that needs to be entered, the fridge is just a part of it. A solar installer will ask you to provide an idea of how much p...

Posted by Jordon Morishita June 25, 2020, 11:17 a.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

Are saltwater home batteries availability in the USA?

...power storage is a very promising technology that we were really excited about seeing as a greener and cheaper solution for storing home solar power, but the on...

Posted by David Meckes April 11, 2020, 5:13 p.m. Renewable energy 1 Responses

Can you dual-wire a house, part AC and part DC?

...power, grid-tied and backup systems. As we plan to build a house to Passive House standards, is there any way to get around building it exclusively with AC powe...

Posted by Lee Watt March 17, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses

Do you have building partners in BC?

...power on our site is expensive. We also need a water collection system as our water is not good for consumption. I was looking at the earthship model, however, ...

Posted by Jami Cruz April 13, 2020, 12:05 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Should you allow air flow through a crawl space with a dirt floor?

...power, so a dehumidifier is not an option. Our cabin's floor is shifting and possibly heaving in sections. To make matters more difficult the contractors droppe...

Posted by Amber Murray Aug. 17, 2020, 10 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...power. The exterior water ingress can only be managed so much by gutters/french drains, given grade against mountain. There's no appetite for the cost of a full...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

Is an HRV or ERV system best in a cold climate?

...power and not buying it, would you recommend we choose an HRV or ERV unit for our cold / hot climate? How do you recommend we size the HRV or ERV? Which brand...

Posted by Michael Duncan Nov. 14, 2019, 3:53 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Where can I find Natural Interior Paint?

...power form that you then mix, here is a page to help you do that - DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy I hope that helps, there are a...

Posted by Ramana Murty April 2, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 1 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...power bill averages $315/mo (2,200 kwh/mont, could this be a power quality issue since I live on an acreage?) year round. I am currently looking at replacing so...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Heco topix screws - which type should be used for attaching insulation outside a house?

...power, it just holds things where they are at the time the screw is installed, which is why it works well with softer insulation materials that the batten could...

Posted by Mike Taylor April 7, 2020, 4:45 p.m. Materials and resources 2 Responses

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...power. So keeping up on it can be difficult. As for where to start, it really depends on how much you want to invest in home improvements. So below are a seri...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...power venting the crawl space to protect against radon gas. What would be you be advice as to how to proceed for insulation/winterization/moisture? At this po...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...power outages, see here © Ecohome

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...power or will it be off-grid? What is your main heating fuel going to be - gas, wood, oil, electric? Whether you choose wires, hydronic tubes or air tubes to ...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...power outage to stay warm and it can help you ride out a short heat wave without needed AC. And the trade off, is that you pop an air conditioning add-on to you...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...powered with electricity and no gas at all (including heating, water heating, cooking, drying etc) So the whole house electrical load (heating, water heating, c...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses