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What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...generated by a heat pump is typically less intense than a conventional gas furnace. For example, a heat pump typically generates heat at temperatures between 32 and 37 degrees Celsius, which is slightly lower than your body temperature. By comparison, a typical natural gas furnace will generate heat at closer to 50 deg...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

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

...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 .

LED filament bulbs
Lighting

All about LED filament bulbs

...generate Power at Home? Future-Proof Building Techniques for a Changing Climate Find more about green home construction and reap the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here . Sources: LED Inside: the next generation of filament bulbs Arron Birkland Green Building Advisor

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

...generate less material waste than site-built homes, and they can be of higher quality with better energy-efficiency and performance for the same cost as a site-built house. And Le Refuge was designed and optimized to arrive on a flatbed truck fully-finished and almost ready to move in - oozing practicality and high-end...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...generate a fine dust, but that pales in comparison to what you will generate when you are sanding drywall compound. It sucks for the person doing it, and for anyone stuck in the same space while it’s happening. Doing Mr. Miyagi’s ‘wax on, wax off’ training over your head for a day will make a Karate Kid out of anyone; ...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...generate hot water after a shower than it would at warmer temperatures. As it gets even colder, they will eventually shut off altogether to prevent damage. In warmer climates like southern Ontario or the southern coastal regions of BC, you don't have as great a concern with outdoor winter temperatures, but in norther...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...generate power to charge a car, doesn't that mean you are still driving around on fossil fuels? Yep. However, it's likely most car charging will happen at off peak hours, either because it happens when you are home sleeping, or the added cost of peak hour charging will quickly make you adapt your habits. If gas station...

tidal power generators
Renewable energy

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

...generate hydroelectricity . For tidal power generation to be effective, a minimum high tide of 5 metres is required, and ideally a large bay that stores incoming water. Global capacity for tidal power generation is estimated at between 2.5 and 3 trillion kilowatt hours annually, amounting to approximately 10 times Ca...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...generate a lot of waste and use large quantities of materials and natural resources. The Materials & Resources category encourages the selection of sustainably grown, harvested, produced, and transported products and materials with a documented chain of custody. It also promotes waste reduction as well as material reus...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

Garbage is a major contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions heating up the atmosphere and causing climate chaos. People generate over 3.5 million tons of solid waste every day worldwide, and the United States tops the list of trash-producing countries. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. citizens...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...generate the funds needed to pay someone to do they job they are good at. 4. Don’t build too big: This goes hand in hand with not overestimating your own skills, as many owner/builders assume they can build larger without expanding a budget, by counting their own labour as free. Evaluate your true needs of space ...