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Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Reduce COVID-19
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

...cleaner we can keep the surfaces in our homes, the less we risk virus transmission amongst those we share them with. It is essential to keep touched surfaces in homes clean to avoid spreading the virus to our kids, parents and spouses, so… the less stuff you touch the better! Since most people are puttering around tr...

Flow Frames: A father and son revolutionize beekeeping and put honey o
Food production

Flow Frames: Revolutionary beekeeping puts honey on tap.

...cleaner and less labour intensive than ever before. After ten years of research and development in the field, the duo feel ready to bring their invention to market, making this upgrade in simple technology available to beekeepers everywhere. With an Indiegogo launch aimed for Feb. 22nd, the apiarists plan to begin th...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...cleaner is recommended to complement air sealing and filtering measures during a wildfire. The air cleaner should have a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter, which blocks 99.97% of particles with a diameter above 0.3 microns. Ozone air cleaners should be avoided: Ozone provides protection against solar ra...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...cleaner than a wood stove and release less emissions; it's easier to regulate heat; this can reduce fuel use as well by avoiding overheating; your home stays cleaner by not bringing in dirt and hibernating bugs. Wood burning stoves and fireplaces do still add ambiance to any home, making it frankly more "homely...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...cleaners use electricity too? The secret to energy savings from using an automatic robotic pool cleaner are that they are self-sustaining. So, a robotic pool cleaner doesn’t rely on your pool filter, pump or booster pump to generate its power. If you’re anything like me and are a bit of a technophobe as well, I’m sur...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...cleaner and better for the environment? The electricity needed to heat or cool a house is only as clean as the source, if we look at the short term. So if the region where a home is located is powered by renewable energy, or that this is a choice the consumer can specifically opt for, electricity would then be consid...

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

...cleaner burning process (than diesel fuel) and price has made heating and cooking with natural gas quite popular in the last couple of decades. However, popularity put a pretty heavy dent in supply, so much so that alternative sources are being explored to meet demand. There are some potentially greener sources of natu...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...cleaner indoor air, and improved health. It's very difficult in the modern age to create a home free of contaminants while keeping the amenities we are accustomed too, but look at it as a cumulative effect. You will be exposed everywhere you go, so try to keep your home air as clean as you can. One big-ticket item we...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...cleaner air, more green space, and a genuine step towards limiting the impact of urban centres on our severely troubled climate. The inherent space limitations of backyard construction in dense urban areas brings another spinoff benefit for an efficient housing strategy, which is reduced home size. Smaller homes requ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...cleaner indoor-air quality than a crawl space foundation. A polished concrete floor with a non-toxic finish is the most durable and healthy flooring material you can choose for a slab on grade foundation. The only downside is that it can be a bit tough on the knees for some people, myself included, so I would add a t...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...cleaner fuel sources. Installing solar panels © Dennis Schroeder. This initiative is intended not only to reduce emissions, but to stimulate growth by creating 'green' jobs in a low-carbon global economy. And whether or not you believe in or care about climate issues, smart businesses stay on ...