Energy Star / Guides

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...energy independence since you rely on the energy you’ve stored rather than using energy from the grid in off-hours. However, if you connect to the grid, you don’t have to spend money on battery systems and you may be able to sell the excess energy you produce back to utility companies. Read here about The latest solar ...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...ENERGY STAR certified fridge. Incandescent and halogen bulbs produce far more heat than compact fluorescent or LED lamps . LED are more expensive, but the price is dropping quickly; they last forever and use a fraction of the energy. The quality of bulbs has also improved, see the new LED filament bulbs here . Cook...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

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

...Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Renewable Energy - What are the Best Ways to Generate Power at Home? See the PowerPod Wind Turbine on Kickstarter here Find more about green home construction and reap the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...energy efficient house is not necessarily more expensive than building a house simply to meet provincial building codes. Many new home starts have achieved far superior performance while still coming in the same or lower in cost than conventionally built homes. It all comes down to design, and material choices. While...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...energy efficiency. The ratio between the energy consumed during the operation of a building and its embodied energy is affected not only by how energy efficient it is, but also by how long the building will stand. In other words, the downside of some high performance homes is that they can require more embodied energ...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps generally have more efficient motors and advanced hydraulic designs. It’s worth looking out for an ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps specifically as they have been independently tested and certified to save energy and money. In fact, here’s what’s been proven: ENERGY STAR Certif...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...energy needed to run your home. Improving the seal of windows and doors , replacing old inefficient doors and windows, install electronic thermostats and dimmer switches, install water-reducing and dual flush toilets (see our data sheet), choose ENERGY STAR certified appliances, these upgrades will offer a net savings ...

LEED Canada on the rise
LEED Homes

LEED Canada shows strong growth during summer of 2015 including first LEED® v4 certified project

...ENERGY STAR score of 97, active engagement of tenants to understand and contribute to green building initiatives, and diverting 494 tonnes of waste from landfill annually. The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium in Montreal, QC, which certified LEED Platinum. Designers for this project had the goal of creating something that...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...energy or that they use their allotted energy in an identical fashion? As for Source Energy, the important thing to understand is that we’re talking about energy at its source. The bulk of energy gets lost in transport - up to two thirds of it here in North America. For every three kilowatts that leaves the power pla...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...ENERGY STAR gas-fired instantaneous water heaters. The applicable incentive is $250 for a standard model, and $550 for a condensing gas storage model. In summary – The advantages of tankless water heaters : compact (no need to plan for the space that a tank would occupy); little energy loss; zero energy con...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...staring at it waiting for you to answer. So pick one that offers a style and colour that you like, but keep durability, maintenance and performance as a priority. Good seals will be made from foam or neoprene. Look for an Energy Star certified door for the best performance. Since doors see a lot of use, take a quick ...