Generation / Guides

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

Heating with electricity

...generation in the United States in 2018. Nearly 90% of the increase in U.S. renewable electricity between 2008 and 2018 came from wind and solar generation. Wind generation rose from 55 million MWh in 2008 to 275 million MWh in 2018 (6.5% of total electricity generation), exceeded only by conventional hydroelectric a...

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a LEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum

...generation (enough to power 12 average Canadian homes for a year) 1.5 million liters of water recycled in 2011 100% of power supplied comes from renewables or low impact hydroelectric generation sources 100% of all cleaning products meet green cleaning standards Native and drought hardy landscaping that needs n...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...generation standards will help to reinvigorate and bring together this community of leaders coalescing the R-2000 and Net Zero communities. The pilot will label houses with a next generation ERS rating (0 GJ). This offers an ideal opportunity for participants to use and feed into the next generation ERS process to en...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

The continuing drop in cost for home solar power generation has led to a dramatic increase in the rate of installations, for both residential and commercial use. Increasing the yield through reflection could make that an even more affordable energy supply option. Most of the advances in solar power production come f...

tidal power generators
Renewable energy

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

...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 Canada’s total electrical output. The Bay of F...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...generation, or thermal solar where liquid passing through tubes collects heat to be redistributed through your house. According to NASA, every day the sun provides the earth with 10,000 times the total energy consumed by humans. A passive solar house is simply one that has been designed to take advantage of that. P...

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

...generation, and frivolously using the resources they will need to clean up our mess. Perhaps technologies like this will help lessen the burden.

Water efficient Boulevard FloWise toilet from American Standard

Efficient toilets for LEED homes

...generation low-flow toilets had frequent issues with clogging, until independent MaP testing (Maximum Performance) came around to rate flush capacity. These toilets rate well above average at 1000 grams, almost 3 times the standard required for Watersense certification. Yes, that means they can handle 1000 grams of c...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...generation. Not long ago houses were half the size, while families were twice the size or more. Bringing down our square footage per person is crucial to sustainable housing. So it’s time to rethink home design, and bring it in line with current environmental and population realities. Don't panic, living green doesn'...

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

...generation. Energy efficiency: When you rely on an array of solar panels to power your home there is an even stronger motivation to design for reduced consumption. Energy efficient appliances and low-flow faucets reduce hot water requirements and LED bulbs and design for natural lighting keep the house bright with ...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...generation is resilience and personal security by being able to run the systems of your home in the case of grid failure. That brings us to the elephant in the room - storing power affordably, safely, and with limited environmental impact. Feeding power back into the grid can be something of an effective 'storage' so...