Choosing where to live / Guides

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...to a later completion date, and a whole host of unfinished components, as you rush to make it liveable and tell yourself “I’ll get to that later.” One option to investigate if you have the available funds, is purchasing a trailer to live in. They tend to hold their value well if not abused or driven, so you can live ...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...to want to install a good one at home. To be clear, it’s a bit misleading to say we’re providing guidance about how to choose EV chargers because we’re really talking about is choosing and buying the best EVSE - which is essential for safely connecting an electric car to a 240-volt source of electricity. And to be ...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...to mention waterways), so it is best done with thoughtfulness and careful planning. How to live green in the countryside It is a reality that more people will want to live away from cities, so the key to that is creating well-designed communities with access to transportation and low carbon housing. This of cours...

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...Choosing a basement instead of a slab-on-grade foundation can also lead to the increased possibility of exposure to radon gas radiation, another reason where possible to build on an insulated slab foundation. In the USA the EPA recommends that homeowners should take radon mitigation measures if the radon concentratio...

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

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

...to illustrate that there is not one right answer to the question of 'to be or not to be' someone with photovoltaic solar panels, your own wind turbine, solar heated floors , bike generator , or even a water-wheel! Solar heating - passive & active energy Passive solar heating refers to designing a home to collect he...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...where you need to let it run a while before it will deliver any heat to the cabin. And that’s what I meant about why people who make a lot of short trips will lose a bit on range in cold weather; each time the car cools down you’ll need to expend energy just to get it back up to its efficient operating temperature. ...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...to (or have to) get through heat spells without relying on AC for relief, consider the following: 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 no...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...to produce this small log size, and because you rarely find them in stock, you will be asked for a premium price... Good to know if you're looking to a woodburner to save money for heating in a rural area with plentiful trees! Built-in wood stove or freestanding wood stove: Built-in wood stoves look more like a fir...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...to be an entrance point but aren’t sure you can successfully block it, you could try to dissuade them with a strong scent. Peppermint oil is said to work, also ammonia, and even mothballs. Be mindful of the toxicity of whatever you use and where you use it so as to not harm humans or other non-offending animals. To blo...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...to be around 8.5 feet wide to adhere to road regulations, I’ve concluded that it’s probably not a good idea to take them on the road very often – if at all. The one main problem of this is that it’s just not environmentally friendly - you would likely have to have the heavy-duty version of a truck to be able to tow all...

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?
Heating with gas and oil

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

...to a well to create cracks in deep rock formations that releases gases. Some of these chemicals and liquids will of course remain in the earth, and much of it ends up back at the surface where it can be absorbed back into the ground, or spill into rivers and streams. Natural gas from fracking may contribute to poll...