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Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...water feeds. Insulating your hot water pipes prevents heat loss, but also means less time you will need to wait for the hot water to arrive. While you’re at it, don’t forget to do your cold pipes as well to avoid water damage from condensation . Solar water heaters solar hot water heater diagram image via bonne...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...solar collector converts solar radiation into electricity , but a solar thermal collector is much simpler than that. It refers to a device that collects heat directly from solar radiation. That can be as simple and rudimentary as water being pumped through a black tube laying in the sun. There are countless DIY solar p...

Outdoor solar shower
Solar thermal collectors

DIY solar hot water shower for the great outdoors

...solar hot water system. Use it to build the outdoor shower of your dreams, to add a sink with warm water to your outhouse, or for both. Check out the step-by-step DIY solar shower instructions on the Endeavour Centre website.

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...DIY Green living roof Under-slab high performance radon barrier Formaldehyde-free Kitchen Cabinets Split system air to air heat pump installation Air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater High performance HRV ventilation system High efficiency ceiling fans for air circulation Triple-glazed a...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...DIY solar air heater - see here . Temperatures affect heat pump efficiency The efficiency of extracting heat from cold air could be compared to that of squeezing a damp sponge to get water. The less moisture there is in the sponge, the harder you'll have to squeeze. So, the colder the air is, the more energy it tak...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...solar heating on a budget! DIY solar air heater videos are a big hit on YouTube, with a couple of main staple ideas - recycled pop can solar collectors, downspout solar collectors, screen or sheet metal solar collectors. If you don't have it in you to make one yourself, solar air heaters for sale are also available o...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...heater or cottage water heater, you would see more benefits by adjusting the angle accordingly. Generally, in Canada 45° - 60° degrees is considered the best overall angle for solar thermal heat collection . Purchase: You can purchase individual solar components separately, but buying a pre-engineered solar therm...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...solar thermal panels. Even this type of system is not new, the first house in the United States with an active solar heating system was built In 1939 on the MIT campus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and sat on top of a huge water reservoir that was heated by thermal solar panels. MIT Solar House thermal...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...Solar Covers for Pools? A liquid solar cover is a microscopically thin layer of alcohol that sits on top of the water of a pool. This layer reduces water evaporation which is a major cause of water heat loss and there are liquid solar covers which have been FDA and EPA approved to use in swimming pools. Some have als...

Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
Tiny house

Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras.

...water for the mortar was hand-gathered and he hand-mixed the cement that would eventually hold together approximately 175 tons of rock. Once his cabin was complete, with the help of friends he built the rope tow and then chairlift, essentially making his backyard their personal playground. Mike describes his accompli...

Non-toxic, naturally-dyed Easter eggs
Lifestyle and environment

DIY non-toxic & all natural Easter egg dye.

...water softener had something to do with our not so blue results. I don't know, but it's fun to experiment so, hey! Pink: Beets (try 2 sliced or grated beets per 1.5 cups water) Raspberries, mashed, boiled (1 pint per 1.5 cups of water) I have seen recipes that call for one or the other. I tried a mix of bee...