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Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...generated by burning fossil fuels, such as coal or gas fired generation plants. Thankfully the percentage of green electricity in the US is on the increase with renewable generation provided a new record of 742 million megawatthours (MWh) of electricity in 2018, nearly double the 382 million MWh produced in 2008. Renew...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...generate to heat water with a traditional water heater. This is due to the continually advancing technologies and dropping costs in the photovoltaic industry, while solar thermal collection technology and cost has remained fairly stagnant over the same period. They’re still good, the problem is that the competition k...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...generate the least amount of heat when you need it most - though this can be mitigated by south facing wall mounting. In all but the most heavily insulated homes in more gentle climates, with thermal mass included for heat storage, you will likely need an additional heat source like high efficiency wood-burning stoves ...

Prefab & Modular Construction is Booming for Sustainable Homes
Planning and Design

Prefab & Modular Construction poised for dramatic growth in 2020

...generate the largest share of the waste going into landfills. With city populations doubling by 2050, our world cannot sustain the growing impact that is guaranteed if we continue to use the same building methods and waste the same amount of materials and energy. We at Ecohome feel that prefabricated and modular ...

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...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...generate about the same amount of heat as a 20 watt light bulb, and that might be all you need. This is of course an oversimplification of a complicated process, intended only to introduce the concept. A Net Zero Heat building will also require an extremely efficient Heat Recovery Ventilation system (HRV), but any hi...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...generated in summer to heat your hot water. Micro-hydroelectric generation: The proper conditions for generating hydroelectric power are rare enough in rural settings, and virtually unheard of in urban cores. Hydroelectricity is without a doubt renewable, but the ecological impact of setting up a system can be quit...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...generate power, and you don’t have visible junctions between active and inactive shingles and tiles. The other providers listed above also provide active and inactive components, but you know exactly which are which because they look so very different - and as a home is typically the most expensive purchase and investm...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...generated from any other source; it is the summer months when it becomes a burden on your comfort and energy consumption. Not only is it heat you don’t want, but your air conditioner has to work harder to counteract it. To give you a bit of perspective - having five 100 watt bulbs on is the same as running a 400 watt h...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...generated sustainably, then electric baseboard heaters can be an economical and eco-friendly choice for heating system for well-insulated green homes . However, if the questions in the “Ask a Pro” section is anything to go by, it seems that baseboard heaters and the cacophony of sound that is released from them can b...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...generated per kWh of electricity consumed (300% efficiency) compared to other sources of electric resistance heat .The heat pump includes an air conditioning mode. High-efficiency wood stove : Wood is a renewable and affordable source of heat in Quebec & North America, which also provides auxiliary heating for resili...