Energy efficient lighting / Guides

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...lighting, cooking and general home operation, the biggest risk to home comfort and security in a power outage is not being able to heat your home. Lighting with candles and eating a cold dinner is manageable, but not being able to keep your house warm in winter is another matter altogether. Obviously, if you heat ele...

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Keep Families Safer
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

...energy efficient automated home design Choosing better home furnace filters to help stop virus spread 'Smart' sewage backup and flood prevention devices How to maintain healthy indoor air quality Find more about green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...efficiently, too small and we jam them too full trying to get more heat out of them and cause smoking, pollution and an inefficient burn. Just like choosing, tuning and servicing a car - the looks are important, but so is the environmental impact - so think efficiency, then service and maintain to ensure your stove or ...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...energy efficient home upgrades When to replace old windows and when to repair them How to choose the best windows Everything you need to know about planning a sustainable green renovation or new building project Solar Thermal Collectors - direct "free" heat from the sun Also find all about...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...energy-efficient and airtight, with an airspace between wall structures and exterior cladding to allow walls to dry and allow us to Install windows and doors correctly . The reason we make that connection between durability and efficiency is that energy loss often brings with it moisture damage in the following ways: ...

LED filament bulbs
Lighting

LED filament bulbs

...energy consumption: between 2 and 10 watts (compared to 60 - 100 watts with incandescent) Are LEDs affordable? According to a study by the Swedish Energy Agency in November 2014, LED filament bulbs cost on average 20% more than conventional LED bulbs, but are 40% more efficient. You will find that prices vary gre...

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...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...Energy ready prefab homes This architect-designed home has a contemporary, modern and minimalist-style with an open-concept floorplan that includes large windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House ready , and s...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...Energy ready prefab homes This architect-designed home has a contemporary, modern and minimalist style with an open-concept floorplan that includes large windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House ready , and s...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...energy needed to operate new homes reflects the cheap oil prices of days long gone, and does not reflect today's realities of climate change, resource depletion and the rising cost of energy. Homeowners could enjoy lower monthly costs (not higher, as can be the misconception) when a construction budget is weighted mo...