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Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...lighting design should be the orientation of windows for quality of life, but also passive solar heat gain. Not only does the sun offer free heat, but free light as well. Natural and certain types of artificial lighting can reduce the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). Studies show that people who live...

Electricity

Lights, appliances and all things electrical

...lighting, and heating your home. These pages outline some things you can do that will help reduce your consumption, and despite what is sometimes a higher sticker price, usually save you money. Home lighting There are many factors that determine how much energy you will require to illuminate your home. A small, o...

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs
Lighting

All about LED bulbs - video

DIY video about choosing the best LED bulbs and DIY lighting fixture installation tips. LED bulbs are here to stay, it's time to make the leap. The colours are warmer now, the bulbs are dimable and the price is coming down. Incandescent bulbs give off lots of unwanted heat, which in summer months makes your air 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...

LED filament bulbs
Lighting

All about LED filament bulbs

...efficient but they offered nothing but cold clinical-looking light. The 'more efficient' option in those days was the sickly green glow of compact fluorescent bulbs which, being full of mercury gas, also posed a serious health hazard if you broke one. LEDs have significantly warmed in colour in the past few years, and ...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II from Inhaus Development Ltd.
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Home in British Columbia

...Efficient design, durability, air quality and natural lighting are cornerstones of both sustainable housing and good quality of life. Automated home systems like those found in both Beachaus homes can be more than just cool toys, they can optimize the performance of your home. Having an Ipad control centre that allow...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...lighting, these sweet little office pods are also equipped with six dimmable spotlights and concealed background mood lighting. Offered in two standard sizes, all pods are tailored to the individual specifications of the client. Though the pods were originally designed for use as a garden office, they can easily be a...

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...

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

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

...lighting to minimize electricity use. Some of it is in specialized fixtures, but most of it is screw in or pin type bulbs, and this was only a bit more expensive than other options available. When lighting up the house at night, the total lighting loads seldom exceed 100 watts. Water heating We use propane to do ...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...lighting, and solar gain were maximized. These were integrated with efficient active systems, such as in-floor radiant heating , high-velocity cooling, low-flow plumbing fixtures and high-efficiency lighting . Complementary to this approach, a key sustainable strategy was the decision not to increase the footprint of...

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?

...lighting and powering needs. Other solutions would of course be required for efficient water heating, cooking and heating but hey, it's a start! Bhargava and his team developed this bicycle generator to take advantage of the mechanical energy created by humans to solve some of the world’s most pervasive problems, nam...