Energy Saving / Guides

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II in Vancouver, BC
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) Measures the Environmental Benefit of the LEED Certification Program.

...energy and water consumption and waste diversion. The results were compelling: A 312,006 C02e tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which equates to taking 58,980 cars off the roads for a year. Energy savings of 1,600,321 eMWh, enough to power 54,307 homes in Canada for a full year. Home water conservatio...

Habitat workers raise a wall at the the Red River Ex June 2011
LEED Homes

The Canada Green Building Council announces affordable green housing program

...saving up to 30 per cent a year in energy and water costs. The homes were completed in three phases over three years, and have now been awarded LEED Gold Certification from the CaGBC. They are now all occupied by very happy families. “Through the generosity and foresight of the Canada Green Building Council, we were ...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their energy bills with grants of up to $5,000 to make energy-efficient retrofits to their homes and up to $600 to help with the cost of an EnerGuide home energy evaluation. To help homeowners and build on these measures, the 2021 Federal Budget also proposed $4.4 billion o...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...energy savings in conjunction with smart meters and flexible energy pricing, all with one touch on your portable device. From a home durability perspective, there are sensors and devices that can send you a notification that a water leak has occurred, and that the system has shut the water off to prevent further dama...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...energy is an excellent global technology, but poorly insulated single family homes will get far more bang for the buck if the money is put into insulation instead, or balanced between energy saving renovations and high efficiency heat pumps . Now you know more about Geothermal heating for homes, learn more ab...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...energy compared to an equal volume of water. It is anticipated that this system will supply all of the domestic hot water, and the entire energy needed for heating this close to net zero energy house, in the form of in-floor radiant heat . Radiant floor tubing in Alain Hamel's Net Zero Energy design Kenogami House ...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...energy savings if in the end you are going to buy some. Beyond energy savings, a triple pane window offers greater durability, reduced sound transmission and a noticeably more comfortable home on cold days. All that is to say, you need to know how to choose the best windows for your house here and see here to know whic...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Electric Home Heating - Which Types are Best? Renewable Energy - What are the Best Ways to Generate Power at Home? Find more about green home construction and reap the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here . Related topics to how well...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...saving energy, and money in the longterm. When renovating or building a new home in the US or Canada with a Basement or a Slab on Grade , in the EcoHome best practice for building Foundations & Basements guide section you will find the basics on foundation , basement & slab design , under slab insulation , site selec...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...saving money actually translate into more money in your pocket, as the cost of purchasing and installing windows usually far exceeds the added energy savings. Read more here about when to replace windows and when to repair them. Windows are without a doubt where most of the heat is lost from a home, so if you can red...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...energy saving lighting in the built environment affects natural human biorhythms, can lead to fatigue, and reduce our ability to concentrate - especially if the blue light content is too high. Whether we realize it or not, we are all directly affected by the amount and quality of light we are exposed to. As most of o...