Finding a home / Guides

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...ave a detailed material list: Draw up a precise list of the necessary materials, with prices and the name of the store where you will get them. Don’t leave material selection to the last minute as product availability can be a problem at times, and even more so with higher quality materials that aren’t usually availa...

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...ame care as other toxic materials in your home. Where to dispose of old batteries safely: Batteries are harmless looking in appearance and obviously safe to touch when they haven’t leaked, but their components are considered hazardous household waste. The heavy metals they contain are corrosive and can contaminate ...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...aterials within a wall assembly may serve more than one function, air barriers in particular. Many materials within a wall assembly can slow air flow without trapping vapour. Option 1) Dense-packed cellulose wall: Dense-packed cellulose wall © Gergana Gatina, Ecohome This is a wall of offset 2x4s (interior th...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...any rivers, salvage companies send divers down to find and retrieve logs that are then turned into some of the most beautiful and highest quality woods available. © Divemi via flickr Wood that has a history can add character and warmth to your home. That can be saw marks, water marks, nail holes or a barn beam ...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...a bit more extensive than a multi-head screwdriver and a hammer. Really what a tiny house needs most is to stay put and have an accompanying shed. It may take some negotiating with your regional municipality and even a minor variance, but you can certainly build smaller than the national average and maybe smaller tha...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...ady and able to offer up any information that makes you feel at ease with such an important financial investment. Do solar installers have a NABCEP certification? A certification from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners is not a prerequisite for declaring oneself a solar installer, and there ...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...atch and release (far from your home). The live traps that are available commercially are usually a small box with a triggered door that can hold one mouse. Getting the mouse out can sometimes be challenging, especially for the squeamish. My favourite is a homemade trap that can hold as many mice as are duped into us...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...ar than a gas-powered car. if you charge mostly at home you will save more charging during off peak hours of course if you live in an area of fluctuating rates, but to give you an idea of a 'refueling' cost at a roadside EV charging station, below is the price for a tank of electricity, good luck finding a gas car you ...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...and natural building materials can help alleviate that . Formaldehyde and other chemicals are commonly used in the manufacturing of building products, that adds to global air pollution as well as contaminating indoor air quality as these chemicals off gas into the air in your home. Choosing natural building materials w...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...an rural areas and we are not recommending that every home and condo owner run out and purchase a generator, nor are we suggesting you stockpile ammo for an impending zombie apocalypse. This is about sensible risk management and listing available options. Home Batteries: Many people who have photovoltaic solar arrays...

How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online

...available to order with a delivery in days rather than months, as suppliers can still send stock to Amazon's warehouses. This can be super useful for face masks, safety spec's and filters as well if you're a woodworker or use hazardous materials and can't find them elsewhere at the moment. So what else does Amazon co...