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High efficiency appliances
Appliances

Efficient appliances and electronics

Even when sitting idle, almost all TVs, computers and stereos etc., will still be using power. So any added cost for high efficiency appliances and electronics gets recouped however frequently or infrequently that they are used. Whatever small appliance and electronic item you are looking at, there is likely at leas...

Electricity

Lights, appliances and all things electrical

...Appliances High efficiency home appliances have a proven track record for return on investment. Buying the cheaper refrigerator or dishwasher will in all likelihood cost you more in the end, often due to a shorter lifespan as well as higher operating costs. For smaller items, energy conservation may seem hardly wor...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...appliances within off-grid homes looked quite different from typical grid-tied homes. Electricity generation was extremely difficult and expensive at the home scale, so there was much less electrification. Instead, off-gridders used other technologies like wood stoves, kerosene lamps, and propane powered appliances. ...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

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

...appliances. These are both automated systems with their own battery backups, so they continue to operate in the event of a power failure. © Inflotrolix 1. A fully automatic sewer backflow prevention system: To counter sewer back-ups, Inflotrolix has developed an intelligent pneumatic flood p...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...appliances: All electrical appliances and lights generate heat, everything down to your laptop and TV. But first set your sights on the big offenders: Old refrigerators are not very efficient and can generate a significant amount of heat. When it's time for a replacement, airm for an ENERGY STAR certified fridge....

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...appliances: Energy Star appliances such as washing machines will not be the cheapest to purchase, but at 35% to 50% greater efficiency, they will definitely be the cheapest to operate. Depending on use, you could make up that added cost several times over with lower bills. Energy Star dishwashers will save you mo...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...appliances, fixtures and fittings; and reducing outdoor irrigation needs through rain water collection and water recycling. Energy & Atmosphere (38 points) Our homes are an enormous consumer of energy. This LEED category aims to reduce overall operational consumption through better building envelopes (insulation, d...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...appliances : Make informed choices based on the EnerGuide rating wherever possible; Look for ENERGY STAR certified appliances, and SmartSense appliances (low water consumption). Improve the overall energy efficiency of the dwelling : No one wants to buy someone else's energy pig, so investing in durable energy-effici...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...appliances. Rather than installing an oversized battery system, you are far better off to upgrade to newer and more efficient appliances. A battery system can also give you the ability to run a grid-tied solar array during grid power failures. With extreme weather events becoming more common, this can be a valuable a...

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

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...appliances. These systems typically connect to the electrical panel and allow multiple circuits to be monitored simultaneously. When multiple devices share the same circuit, a ‘Smart Outlet’ can be added to communicate separately if required. Depending on the model, you can know your energy consumption in real time...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...appliances and low-flow faucets reduce hot water requirements and LED bulbs and design for natural lighting keep the house bright with very little energy use. Off grid passive solar home side elevation © Craig Anderson Passive solar design interior for this off-grid home © Craig ...