2020 / Guides

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...2020, (although solar pv is regularly falling in cost,) to cover annual electricity use (and therefore make the home Net Zero Energy) you'd be looking to install 10,000 kW of solar panels costing around $25000.00 CAD in Quebec. At $665 CAD a year, that's going to take around 40 years to pay off - by which time they wou...

Electric vehicle charging station

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...2020. That's from the Montreal Gazette, read more here There is still the issue of sticker price, there is some help coming on that front too - Ontario has announced extra incentives for people who buy or lease electric vehicles that could boost available help to as much as $14,000. - Again from the CBC, ...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...2020) ranges between $2.57 and $3.35 USD, and the average total price for a full solar panel setup in the US averages between $11,411 and $14,874 after any regional solar-tax credits are applied. Again, that’s an average; incentives vary, and not all states (or Canadian provinces) will have tax incentives and rebate pr...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...2020 CES Consumer Technology Association Innovation award for its recently released gray water recycling system , as well as a "Best of the best" for CES from endgaget and "Best of CES" from Time, bringing a commercially available home water conservation system to market in the US that is a vast improvement over existi...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

...2020 - North America only manages to recycle 9% of its plastic!? So, if we load up our recycle bins with things that are actually garbage, that means trucks have to get emptied prematurely, and the sorting that ‘we’ don’t do will need to be done by employees paid with your tax dollars. For any that would like to ...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...2020 that caught our attention, notably an increase in PV solar panels on homes. The implications of what Azelio is doing could be quite significant, and in order to explain that properly requires a quick recap of the more common technologies for comparison: The difference between solar thermal and PV solar panels ...

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project
Mechanical systems

Smart door lock buying guide

...2020 Arlo August Smart Lock Pro + Connect The wifi-enabled Arlo August Smart Lock Pro works with Alexa for voice control and only requires a standard Philips screwdriver for installation. You can control, monitor, lock or unlock your front door anywhere you are right from your smartphone. Find the Arlo August S...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...2020 . In August 2012, Quebec bumped up their wall minimum from R20 to R24.5, so a Quebecker that bought a house built in July will have noticeably higher heating and cooling costs than a person who bought a house built a month later. Let's not even talk about building code in the USA in regard to thermal performan...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...2020, heat waves then took hold across North America, from Canada down into the Southern and Central USA. These extreme summer temperatures pose a very real health risk to the most vulnerable members of society. There are some tips to help keep a home cool during a heat wave, but faced with long spells of very high t...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...2020. OSB exterior sheathing with foam attached © Ecohome OSB (Oriented Strand Board) Also known as Aspenite, OSB is a panel fabricated using small strips of wood . OSB is not as strong as plywood, or as resistant to weather, but it is a lower cost alternative to plywood. It is most often used as exterior s...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...2020 has seen great news about the reduced global warming impact of spray foam, as several manufacturers switch to less harmful blowing agents, read more here . Now you know all about frost in attics: what causes attic ice & how to fix it , find more info pages about ice dams & ice damming as well as sustaina...