Energy Saving / Guides

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...energy efficiency and renewable energy research. Ecohome will summarize and deliver this valuable information to our readers. Quite often there is a chasm separating those conducting research from those in the field who would greatly benefit from the research conclusions and we are hoping to bridge that gap. This fir...

Air and vapour barriers

Aerobarrier home and attic air-sealing spray

...energy savings that would be impossible to achieve through conventional air-sealing techniques. According to Patrick Rouleau, "this is a great technique for someone who wants to improve the energy efficiency of their home. The important thing is for the customer to contact us as soon as possible so that we can togeth...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...energy saving solution, not something that will cost you more money. A dehumidifier will cost maybe $10 or $15 a month to operate, but it will likely offer you more than that in savings as it takes less energy to heat and cool dry air than humid air. If you have a mould problem, clean it with detergent. But mould wil...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...energy performance. It also leads to the use of spray polyethylene foam since it has a higher R value per inch, and while spray foam works well, the problem is that most brands of spray foam insulation have high greenhouse gas emissions. Read here about how to find more environmentally-friendly spray foam with lower em...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...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 - Which Types are Best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips ...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...energy efficiency or long term durability. If you have to replace something fairly soon after installation, you aren't saving money and resources. Whatever used materials you are considering, collect stock as far ahead of time as you can so you can plan for any changes that might need to be made to accommodate unusua...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...energy reserves being somewhat questionable for the coming generation, and as people rediscover the charm of a real fire in the hearth, many people are looking for ways to be less reliant on conventional energy supplies in the future and to look for an off-grid heating solution . Burning firewood and other biomass fuel...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...energy-efficient building construction (when they lack sufficient mechanical ventilation from a HRV or ERV system to ensure adequate air exchange) and increased use of synthetic building materials, wood particle board panels containing formaldehyde in kitchens and furnishings, toxic chemicals in personal care products,...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...energy saving benefits! It’s a win-win really! So if you’re looking into doing some home renovations and want to avoid any unwanted repairs and costs then we say invest in a ventilation system if you don’t have one, there are countless benefits for health, durability and energy efficiency. Now you've learne...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

Are foam insulation panels a green choice? The short story is, maybe. And the long story is, well.... When we launched Ecohome about a decade ago, the mission from the start was to create a green building website where homeowners and builders could learn to make informed choices and build sustainable and energy-ef...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...energy and building materials for the home in which you live. I read one study that shows that if you downsized to a Tiny Home you would reduce your energy consumption by 45%. If you choose to design and build your own Tiny Home, you can make sure all the building materials you use are sustainably sourced too, for ex...