Eco-friendly energy / Guides

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

...energy use to some percent – And as they say, there’s no such thing as a small economy! We found a large choice of money saving solar pool heaters online here We’re going to start by tips to conserve energy over the years, right when planning a pool... Want to reduce energy costs for swimming pool heating? Redu...

stove hood bathroom fan central vac
Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

...energy consumption involved, as heating moist air requires significantly more energy than heating dry air. When using manufactured wood products for cabinetry, ask for formaldehyde-free plywood then at least the dust produced will be more benign to health. To further protect the air quality in your home, choose forma...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...eco-friendly? While we love the idea of compact living, driving a tiny house around is hardly good for your personal carbon footprint, so they don’t always equate to being an eco-friendly green home. Read more here about the downsides of tiny houses . But our biggest beef with tiny houses would be the F250 Super Duty...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...energy created by humans to solve some of the world’s most pervasive problems, namely bringing power to the developing world while mitigating climate change. “Everything requires energy. Energy is the great equaliser,” says Bhargava, adding that over half of the world’s population have no access to electricity or acc...

Mineral wool insulation in roof by Rockwool - LEED Platinum V4
Roof assemblies - new construction

Mineral wool insulation in roofs by Rockwool

...energy efficient house. This is capped off with a living Green roof - see more here . “The Edelweiss House is a phenomenal achievement - the first Canadian project to meet the stringent requirements of the latest version of LEED at its highest level", said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the CaGBC . “I commend E...

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...eco-friendly building supplies," said Joe Geluch, president of Naikoon Contracting Ltd. "Thanks to support from the industry and our partner suppliers, we're quite confident the Midori Uchi will become one of Canada's greenest homes once completed in 2013." "Midori Uchi", which means "green home" in Japanese, will ...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...eco-friendly How’s that for a catch phrase – eco-friendly foam insulation! I know some of you have forehead veins that are beginning to throb now, thanks for reading along so patiently. Once we finally accept that we simply won’t have enough bio-based natural building materials to supply the demand of the global co...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...energy savings from natural daylight phases well with energy-efficient LED and CFL lighting as day passes into night. Water conservation, such as on-site rainwater drainage collection to a drywell, which will be eventually be upgraded to a cistern for efficient rainwater re-use, water-conserving fixtures, and use of ...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...energy projects across the province. As part of this initiative, they have developed a program which allows citizens to connect their renewable energy projects to the provincial energy grid and receive premium prices for any excess energy produced above the needs of the property. In 2009, along with the introductio...

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...energy consumption, but this draws attention to the abysmal performance we accept from houses, the ones standing as well as most of those being built. It's time to focus and invest more in retaining energy than supplying energy . If the gas tank on your car leaked, would you shrug your shoulders and fill it more often ...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...Energy-efficient performance Energy modelling for Quebec based on average weather conditions indicates that the S1600 will consume approximately 9,316 kWh per year in total energy for an average sized family, which includes space heating, water heating, lighting and all interior electrical loads. At Quebec hydro rate...