Energy Saving / Guides

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...

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...

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

...energy and operating energy with the S1600, which showed embodied energy as a small fraction of the total footprint, and compared that to the embodied energy in homes built to code, was about half, as seen in the chart below. Percentage of embodied energy compared to total lifespan operational energy required of th...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...energy savings with houses that have in-floor heat could be a case of people leaving thermostats where they always have and just basking in the greater comfort of a warm floor and balanced heat. If they aren't saving energy and money then at least they are probably happier, and that's a good thing too. If building desi...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

...energy efficiency and how to reduce the carbon footprint of homes on the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating Delivery Options - which are best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 1...

Reduce water consumption with residential gray water recycling systems
Plumbing and water heaters

Gray water recycling

...savings on utlity bills, and things might not change until we start to feel the shortage. This is not intended to dissuade you from pursuing a gray water recycling system, but rather to present the realities of it from a financial point of view although here's a new gray water recycling system that does save energy a...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...energy efficiency with a tankless delivery system are somewhat exaggerated. In reasonably-sized homes without extremely long hot water feeds, the savings are negligible. And at two or even three times the price of a conventional water heater, your return on investment will be an awfully long way off, and your money is ...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...saving 7.5 megatonnes of GHG emissions annually. Further reductions will come from our stock of existing buildings. This sounds like a big project with many facets. How have you organized it to achieve meaningful results? The first stage of this work involved consultation with approximately 50 individuals represent...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...energy efficiency solutions in the following pages and in the EcoHome Green Building Guide . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating - Which Types are Best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Renewable Energy - What are the Best...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...energy required to move that heat. The COP of an average residential heat pump is usually somewhere around 3, which means that for every one unit of energy you put into the system, 3 units are transferred. When you compare that to an electric baseboard heater, which has a COP of 1 (every unit of energy you put into you...

Natural swimming pool design (NSP) for eco homes
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...saving energy & money here . From the EcoHome Green Building Guides as well as how to save energy on swimming pool running costs and hot tub operation here. Safety and municipal laws: Like any swimming pool, natural pools can be a potential safety hazard and may be subject to municipal regulations. Before undertaki...