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

Waste management: compost and recycling

...generate to facilitate a more productive garden. In order for your compost to be healthy, you will need to ensure that its composition is varied and mixed. You also need to choose an effective compost bin, taking into account pesky local critters like racoons, squirrels, skunks, rats etc who think nothing of getting ...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...generate power One that really impresses us is from a Swedish company named Azelio that offers a solution to renewable energy power storage in an innovative and more affordable manner than we are used to seeing , because they have reversed the customary actions of power generation followed by power storage in big and...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...generate more power at the end of the day when the average household consumption spikes, along with the rates. Choosing a solar panel mounting system: The price tag for fixed solar panel mounting stands is unquestionably lower than moveable ones; They can be free standing, attached to a roof, you can even build you...

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...

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; ...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...generate. Ideally, your annual consumption will be met by your panels or even surpass it, so look into provincial programs for buy back plans. In Ontario if you have a south facing roof you are guaranteed to save or make money. Ontario buys power back for more than the market cost per kilowatt hour of installation. ...

Electric vehicle charging station

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...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...generate power from the PV system. Running full power, the heating system requires approximately 400W for the boiler and circulation pumps, meaning that if it runs for 10 hours per day (which can happen on the coldest days of winter), the heating system alone needs 4 kWh/day, which is almost the full amount of our ta...