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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

...choosing bulbs 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 ma...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...Choosing energy efficient lighting and 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, ai...

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...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...appliances. Along with those incentives, efficient appliances usually save more over their lifetimes than the added cost and will also save you money monthly, so it’s a win-win situation. Check with your local municipality for any tax credits as well, some cities offer tax relief for LEED certified homes . Look into ...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...appliances and get your demand down as low as possible. Convert any appliances that you are intending to convert (such as installing heat pumps to replace those that use fossil fuels). Replace any incandescent bulbs with LEDs. Now you are ready to size a system that will meet your demand at the most affordable ...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

1. Life without a car. One of the nice things about living in the city is public transportation and proximity to services, which makes it possible to live without a car. Or at the very least, it can reduce the amount of driving you have to do. When choosing a place to live, check the walking distances from buses o...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...appliances mandatory for all new home appliances beginning in 2022. To help make large commercial buildings more energy efficient, the government also announced a competition to create four $100-million long-term funds to help attract private capital that can be used for deep retrofits of large buildings such as offi...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...choosing a LEED, Passive House or even Zero Net Energy Home is now so minimal (if you're talking to the right Home Builders, it's around 5% - which you'll save on utility bills in no time). The best route forward may of course be different when talking about an old inefficient home that could require a colossal investm...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...choosing exterior siding . Type and condition of roof: Shingles don't have a very long life span, so see how close they are to needing replacement. Metal roofs are far more durable and have a much longer lifespan. More here on choosing durable roof coverings. Windows: Quality is hard to judge by sight, but look to ...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...appliances deliver heat will have some impact on efficiency, but that has more to do with how well it is distributed. Heating your entire home with electric radiators spread throughout a house will be only slightly more efficient than turning on your oven and opening the door, but that is only because heat is then conc...