Energy efficiency / Guides

Blown-in fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

2016 budget renovation tax credits are good news for everyone, homeowner or not

...efficiency of your home. Ontario: Examples of Programs Supporting Home Energy Efficiency Home Audit and Retrofit programs that provide homeowners with incentives to make energy efficiency upgrades. Under the programs, homeowners can receive incentive levels that typically range between $1,000 and $2,500 for energy audi...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...energy-efficient home, to focus on saving energy rather than injecting energy. By reducing the heat load of a home, the premium on a single BTU of electric heat becomes less of an issue if a house is designed to use 75% less energy, for example. And while electric heating may be more expensive in a given region at ...

Ductless mini-split air source heat pump installed in a LEED certified PH Home
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

How heat pumps work in a LEED or Passive House high efficiency zero net energy home - video

...efficiency and significantly cuts the energy required to meet our domestic hot water needs. Related topics to how well heat pumps work In LEED or Passive House homes : The benefits of coupling air source and water heater heat pumps Comparing ground source (geothermal) and air source heat pumps Video green bui...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...Energy efficiency, insulation and orientation: An efficient and resilient home is one that uses minimal energy to heat, light and run appliances. The biggest draw is *almost always heating , so reducing heat requirements is the best way to reduce operational costs. *We say almost always, but as an example, the Ecoh...

Aeratron AE2 ceiling fan
Ventilation

Ceiling fans and air circulation- video

...efficiency, and the ceiling fan is a big part of making that happen. This video explains the relationship between those systems. Thanks to our sponsor Aeratron for providing super efficient and quiet ceiling fans that fit in nicely with the look of this LEED v4 Platinum certified house . Video from the EcoHome Youtub...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...Energy Step Code - The details The BC Energy Step Code is a new provincial standard intended to provide an incremental approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that will help the province meet its goal of having all new buildings be Net Zero Energy ready by the year 2032. The City of Vancouver Step Code ...

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 foorprint, 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...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...energy efficiency of electric heat varies significantly by location and the local source of electric production. Heating with electricity from renewable resources like wind, solar or hydroelectric is far cleaner than electricity generated by burning fossil fuels, such as coal or gas fired generation plants. Thankfull...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...Energy efficiency upgrades are to do the simple & cheapest ones first © Ecohome 10 Home improvement tips that save money: The following 10 tips for energy efficiency are guaranteed to save money! Save Energy Sensibly: In winter, turning your thermostat down 4 degrees Fahrenheit , wearing socks in the home and...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...efficiency HPPH & size it correctly: The COP is the efficiency rating of the HPPH . Heat pump pool heaters are really energy efficient and the energy efficiency of a heat pump pool heater is measured by the coefficient of performance (COP). The higher the COP for the pool heater, the more energy efficient it is. Typi...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Hot water

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...energy consumption needed during the operation of the house. We also have a guide page on the air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater that borrows that efficiency and significantly cuts the energy required to meet our domestic hot water needs. Related topics to how well heat pumps work In LEED or Pa...