Faucets / Guides

How to Fix a Leaky or Dripping Faucet Easily
Plumbing renos, repairs and maintenance

How to fix a Leaky Faucet for under $1 (and stop that tap dripping !)

Why fix leaky faucets? One of the jobs that sat on my Honey-Do-List for quite a while longer than I care to admit has been to fix the leaky and dripping older-style faucet in the bathroom at the cabin - made worse by us being off grid and only having a finite amount of rainwater available in our outside catchment ta...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...faucets reduce hot water requirements and LED bulbs and design for natural lighting keep the house bright with very little energy use. Also think to fix dripping faucets using our handy guide ! Off grid passive solar home side elevation © Craig Anderson Passive solar design inter...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...faucets; possible variations in water temperature, if several faucets are on at the same time; possible several-second delay between the moment at which the faucet is turned on and the moment at which the water turns hot (leading some users to choose to keep the water running); possibility of the water not being ...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...faucets that allows the gas to escape from the water, but it is probably also a good idea to repair leaking faucets - stopping drips is an easy fix! Aeration to remove radon from water: Traditionally, radon would be aerated with special tanks that are vented to the outside. This requires space within your mechanica...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...faucets leaking (and how easy are they to fix? ) Are toilets and faucets modern low-flow models ? If appliances come with it, take out your phone again and take a picture of the model number stickers on appliances to check online what sort of quality you are buying. Basements: Trust your nose - does it seem dank an...

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

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...faucets, and make sure you fix leaking faucets to save water , you save money directly but you also reduce the size of the solar panel system that would be required to meet your demand. Now think of that in terms of heat - insulation is cheaper than solar panels, so that should be your starting place. If you reduce t...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...faucets, toilets and showerheads and therefore consumes about 60% less water than a conventional home that size, and you have no idea that it's even happening! So how much water is that? 3400 gallons saved per month, meaning 15 456 liters a month, 185 cubic meters a year which is about 4 times the total of the house. ...

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

...faucets and showerheads and toilet are low-flow to reduce energy from water heating as well as pumping water from the well. Even with a very efficient building design in the S1600, the engineers noted that the total estimated carbon footprint is multiplied by 10 by the operational energy use. Even so, it is significa...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...faucets that will reduce the demand on electric water heaters ; if you heat with electricity, have a home energy audit done and perform necessary upgrades; keep electric furnaces clean and working efficiently; to further reduce the necessary system size, pay attention to personal habits. As a couple of examples -...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...faucets. This is really only a problem for well water, most municipal systems come from lakes and rivers and have minimal levels. For severe cases of radon in water there are solutions that can remove the gas, but they can be quite expensive. If you are in a high risk area and you don't have a proper radon vent, the ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...faucets, highly-insulated and airtight building envelopes, passive heating design and the use of thermal mass to balance interior temperatures. When well-organized and thoughtfully executed, such components can lead to significantly reduced resource consumption during the operation of a home. The stated performance g...