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Wind turbine © Jinterwas, Flickr
Lifestyle and environment

Clean energy infrastructure and efficient-housing for Canada's Indigenous communities

...clean energy projects, we unlock potential not found anywhere else." - Chris Henderson, Lumos Energy Participants in the 2016 20/20 catalyst program © Indigenous Clean Energy From the Indigenous Clean Energy website : OUR MISSION. From the Atlantic to the Pacific and into the Arctic, Can...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...cleanest energy? Despite how commonly the term ‘clean energy’ is used, there is actually no such thing. At least not in the power delivery market ; there are only various levels of ‘dirty’ energy. Starting with the worst and moving up, that would in general be - coal, oil, natural gas and propane, wood and other bio-...

Bullfrog clean power
Renewable energy

Bullfrog Power makes clean renewable energy available to all of us.

...clean energy to compensate for your personal consumption, so that much less power will be generated through more harmful methods. Bullfrog operates under the same principle, so you can give yourself the same pat on the back for generating power. They simply inject an amount of green energy equal to your consumption i...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...clean as possible while work is being done. Here is a short list of tips that may help you survive your reno with less discomfort and health risks. Some of the airborne contaminants you will be subjected to during renovations: Wood dust from cutting Dust from cutting drywall and sanding drywall compounds VOCs...

The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...Cleaning HRV Units is a Great Idea! When any machine has its normal operation hampered, it will reduce its efficiency and ability to function properly. Many of us are probably guilty of forgetting about basic maintenance of some of the mechanical equipment in our homes; keeping your HRV (heat recovery ventilator) cle...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...cleaning agents; read here about how to clean a home using non-toxic safe cleaners . Avoid adding scents; read here about the impact of fragrances on indoor air quality . Have air-handling units regularly maintained, and keep your HRV operating clean and efficiently . Test systematically for radon , and if initia...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...clean' are anything but. Along with being harmful to the environment in production and use, chemicals like chlorine bleach evaporate into the air in your home. Why not try the following non-toxic alternatives. Baking soda is an effective cleanser for sinks and tubs. Vinegar is a recommended cleansing agent for bo...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

It is well-documented that indoor air is filled with contaminants, mostly due to cooking (specifically burning) and improperly vented combustion appliances (woodstoves, gas water heaters, gas ranges, etc.). Following that would be formaldehyde, VOCs and other chemicals in building materials and furnishings. All these ...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, virus
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...clean indoor air of viruses too? Yes, high quality air filters with an appropriate MERV or MPR rating can prevent contaminants in outdoor air from being distributed around your home , they also filter the air being recirculated within the home, through the ductwork and which leads to cleaner indoor air by removing ai...

Drumi the foot pedalled washing machine that makes laundry off-grid oh
Renewable energy

This foot pedalled washing machine doesn't need electricity and uses very little water.

A typical washing machine can use up to 87 litres of water per load, not to mention its ability to eat up electricity. An efficient Energy Star machine can cut water usage to about 49 litres per load and significantly cut energy usage, but this, the Drumi, will not only wash your clothes without using electricty, it a...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

Updated: Aquion as a saltwater battery is no longer available in North America having moved to China after being bought out. But we've heard about a Dutch company who are starting to commercialize something similar - subscribe to the EcoHome newsletter here and be the first to find out when salt water batteries are av...