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High efficiency appliances
Appliances

Efficient appliances and electronics

Even when sitting idle, almost all TVs, computers and stereos etc., will still be using power. So any added cost for high efficiency appliances and electronics gets recouped however frequently or infrequently that they are used. Whatever small appliance and electronic item you are looking at, there is likely at leas...

Electricity

Lights, appliances and all things electrical

...Appliances High efficiency home appliances have a proven track record for return on investment. Buying the cheaper refrigerator or dishwasher will in all likelihood cost you more in the end, often due to a shorter lifespan as well as higher operating costs. For smaller items, energy conservation may seem hardly wor...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...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 not very efficient and can generate a significant amount of heat. When it's time for a replacement, airm for an ENERGY...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...efficient appliances : Make informed choices based on the EnerGuide rating wherever possible; Look for ENERGY STAR certified appliances, and SmartSense appliances (low water consumption). Improve the overall energy efficiency of the dwelling : No one wants to buy someone else's energy pig, so investing in durable ene...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...efficient taps. If not, install aerators on them to reduce flow, at no loss of function. Energy star appliances: Energy Star appliances such as washing machines will not be the cheapest to purchase, but at 35% to 50% greater efficiency, they will definitely be the cheapest to operate. Depending on use, you coul...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...Appliances and electrical: Don't underestimate the amount of energy that will be consumed by appliances, electronics and lighting. Read the tags on appliances to see what they consume, and look for those that are ENERGY STAR certified. LED lights will save electricity and money, they will also help keep your house co...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...efficient - a high performance home must comprise efficient energy systems and an energy efficient building envelope N - Non-toxic - creating a healthy interior living environment, safe from harmful contaminants D - Durable - a home built to last spreads its ecological footprint over a longer period of time U - U...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...efficient appliances that don’t overload the storage system’s capacity. Older freezers, refrigerators or well pumps may take more amperage to get started than newer more efficient models do, and even though it’s only for a split second, if that demand is too great, the battery system’s inverter might not be able to del...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...appliances within off-grid homes looked quite different from typical grid-tied homes. Electricity generation was extremely difficult and expensive at the home scale, so there was much less electrification. Instead, off-gridders used other technologies like wood stoves, kerosene lamps, and propane powered appliances. ...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...efficient appliances, fixtures and fittings; and reducing outdoor irrigation needs through rain water collection and water recycling. Energy & Atmosphere (38 points) Our homes are an enormous consumer of energy. This LEED category aims to reduce overall operational consumption through better building envelopes (ins...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...appliances mandatory for all new home appliances beginning in 2022. To help make large commercial buildings more energy efficient, the government also announced a competition to create four $100-million long-term funds to help attract private capital that can be used for deep retrofits of large buildings such as offi...