Electric heat / Guides

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...heated when in use. Heat loss is minimized by high standards of insulation and air tightness. Standard heating is by way of an electric radiator, which is a highly efficient way to heat a small, independent and highly insulated space. 'Pods' can be fitted with small wood stoves as well. The fibreglass insulation ...

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

...electricity to heat your home, your money will create jobs in the local construction industry, through material manufacturing and job creation for builders and general contractors. So, your local builders will have more money to spend on local businesses, just as will you have more disposable income to spend long into ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...heat, so they connected to the electrical grid after a few years and installed an air-to-water heat pump that provides air-conditioning in summer and a portion of heat in winter, which reduces the demand on the gasoline-powered generator. Part of the energy captured by the solar panels is now resold through the power g...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...electric on-demand buses offering more sustainable transit solutions. Many of the workplace, transportation and lifestyle trends we are seeing are very encouraging, as we seem to have inadvertently transitioned to a low-carbon economy while we weren’t looking. And they said it couldn’t be done… There is, however, o...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...heat out of the floors all winter long. A super-duper heat recovery ventilator is necessary to bring in fresh air while minimizing heat loss. And finally, the structure’s surface-area-to-volume ratio needs to be minimized. None of this involves space-age materials (you can use regular insulation, although an über amo...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...heathing in areas of high solar exposure, and are used in conjunction with conventional roofing materials such as asphalt shingles or metal in areas of low solar exposure. An instant advantage with BIPV over existing rooftop solar panels, is that you don’t need to remove roof coverings in order to replace them, since B...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...electric water heaters ; if you heat with electricity, have a home energy audit done and perform necessary upgrades; keep electric furnaces clean and working efficiently; to further reduce the necessary system size, pay attention to personal habits. As a couple of examples - don’t blast your AC in the summer; was...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...heating, cooling and ventilation – become the next big design component that affects the total carbon footprint. Heating systems for this house are the choice of the buyer; in this case we chose to use an electric radiant floor (which is partly solar-heated, see more below) and a mini-split heat pump for heating and ...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...heating our high performance home’s interior in the colder months, instead the sun’s heat is being used up to evaporate the window condensation while also putting all that moisture back into the home interior and ultimately raising the humidity level. (Most folks don’t realize that evaporation is the biggest cause of h...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...heat. If you're lucky enough to get a south facing unit in a well-made building you might barely need to heat it at all. That's because most apartments will have only one side of their conditioned space exposed to the bitter elements, whereas any single-family home will have five sides exposed. Since most tiny houses...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...heaters. This type of water heating system can be advantageous in some climates, provided they use gas-fired as opposed to electrical heating. These heaters may also be known as ' inline water heaters', 'continuous flow heaters', 'instantaneous waters' or 'flash heaters'. The drawback with traditional domestic hot ...