Efficient appliances / Guides

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...

Electricity

Lights, appliances and all things electrical

...Appliances: EXAMPLE 2 High efficiency home appliances have a proven track record for return on investment. Buying the cheaper refrigerator or dishwasher w...

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...

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 ...

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...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...efficient, Non-toxic, Durable, User friendly, Resilient and Engaging. This split level home was built on a 6 inch thick concrete slab-on-grade (insulated to R60...

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 interi...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...efficient than homes built to provincial building codes alone. ENERGY STAR is most commonly known for its evaluation of energy efficient appliances, fixtures,...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...appliances. Along with those incentives, efficient appliances usually save more over their lifetimes than the added cost and will also save you money monthly, s...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...appliances". The heat pump has a coefficient of performance (COP) of about 3,1 on average , according to Enerstat. This means that on average, for 1 kW of ele...

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

Off-grid living blog post 4: 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 s...