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E-bikes and electric scooters- green transportation
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Why you should get an E-bike now

...affordable and can begin under $1,000 USD. These are basic road commuter ebikes with Hub-driven technology. You won’t win any races, and you won’t do great climbing a mountain on it but you will get around town with way less effort than a pedal-power only bike. ‘center drive’ systems can run you between $2000-6000 US...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...affordable they can be. While a dry stacked stone wall aesthetic adds to the cost of putting up a gabion wall rather than randomly pouring stone in with a mini excavator, it's still considerably more affordable than concrete or rammed earth walls. GABION WALL (LOOSE) COST( $) DRY STONE WALL COST( $)...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...affordable solution if you want a basic smart thermostat. Like the first two, the thermostat is connected to Wi-Fi and can be programmed according to your exact schedule. Other smart thermostats to consider in 2019 Ecobee3 Lite Ecobee SmartThermostat Emerson Sensi Emerson Sensi Touch Honeywell Lyric Hon...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...affordable and eco-friendly that large homes, but are tiny homes on wheels for sale locally green? Read here to find out if Tiny Houses are good for the environment . It seems somewhat contradictory for an environmentally conscious person to be dragging a tiny home behind a massive gas-guzzling truck, even more so if...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...affordable than hiring an architect. You will probably pay in the area of $5,000 to $10,000 depending on size and complexity, and plans will still comply with municipal or state regulations. This can be a nice option for smaller projects or renovations. A technologist or designer may approach a project more mechanica...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...affordable prices (faster construction, less labour required). Disadvantages: Urea-formaldehyde resin is used as a bonding agent. Emissions should be low in the final product (even meeting LEED v4 air quality standards) but test results have so far not been made available, so we temporarily hold our recommendatio...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...affordable option to invest in energy conservation measures that go beyond those mandated by regular building codes, significantly reducing operating costs, energy use and environmental impact . The net zero homes program supplements the existing Energy Star and R-2000 certifications, encouraging developers and build...

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes
Planning and Design

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

...affordable eco homes is important in different climate zones in USA & Canada ... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Changing homes in a changing climate Why green homes are best for climate extremes Why we need to build green homes that withstand climate...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...affordable, or might go as high as $2,000 if it includes replacing finished flooring. However, that still leaves you needing to clean the valve fairly regularly either by yourself or at a cost. Other advantages of the Aqua-Protec® • The system sends a signal when there is backflow • Detectors may detect problems ...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...affordable roadside motels) offer a completely unrewarding mist that can actually create a breeze and leave you chilled, or the ones with miniscule powerful jets that feel more like you're getting a tattoo than bathing. No one wants to leave a shower cold and in pain, so needless to say those weren't big sellers in res...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...affordable now than ever before, with areas throughout Canada experiencing a jump in residential solar power installations in the past few years. If you’re thinking about taking the leap into renewable energy in your own home but don’t feel you have enough information about current developments in solar technology, t...