Getting off the grid / Guides

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...off-grid LEED Gold passively-heated home. See post 1 of the off-grid homes blog here, the overview . or post 2 in the off-grid homes blog here covering design and construction choices . or here see post 3 in the off grid homes blog about off grid power generation and here see post 4 all about off-grid heating systems ...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...the torch on them until they ignite. That's still much easier and quicker than getting a wood stove started. Most importantly, it gets you into the pellet scene at a price that is not far off the mark for a super-efficient normal wood stove and it's not dependent on the grid so is ideal for a cabin, being off-grid, o...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...the north, west and south sides of the house, this means that the forest begins only 20 feet from the house. To the southeast is a grassy yard big enough to cover the septic field, and to the east is a parking area with our solar panels tucked onto the north side of the clearing to reduce the shading from the trees. Un...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...ther you will be reducing your personal emissions by installing solar panels. Installing home battery systems: In the earlier days of off-grid home construction and home power storage, the only home battery option on the market was the lead/acid variety. The unfortunate realities of their size, cost, lifespan, mate...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...ther or not it’s worth the money depends on your goals. Both grid-connected and off-grid solar setups have their advantages. Off-grid solar allows for energy independence since you rely on the energy you’ve stored rather than using energy from the grid in off-hours. However, if you connect to the grid, you don’t have t...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...the climate change talks in Paris. "We know that for electric vehicles to take off in Ontario there has to be the infrastructure in place." That's from the CBC, read more here. Quebec is also getting into the game, which is great news for a province that runs on hydroelectric power. Yes, the naysayers are right, ...

Can I legally put a Tiny House on my Property?
Tiny house

How can I put a Tiny House on my property legally in the USA ?

...the wheels are off the ground to prevent dry rot, then drop it on piers and strap it to ground mounts. In the case of earth quakes, (all but ‘the big one’) a tiny house on wheels that gets shaken off its piers would most likely land fairly gently on its pad if its only a few inches off the ground. What plans would yo...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...the system. Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels Without getting overly technical, Photovoltaic solar panels essentially convert the sun’s rays into electricity. Systems can be large enough to provide your entire home power needs, and be either stored in batteries or fed back into the power grid. When you hear the wo...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...thermostat down 4 degrees Fahrenheit , wearing socks in the home and dressing appropriately for the season is the easiest way to save money! Conversely, in summer, turn the thermostat to a comfortable temperature and think about when to ventilate the home sensibly to avoid letting the cool air out of your home and the ...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...The Most Resilient Home in North America' by Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design Institute. Resilient home design basics: The basic definition or premise of resiliency is to be prepared , or to have the ability to bounce back from adverse situations. If the weather report says there is 70% chance of rain, ...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...therefore at risk of bending to the will of their general contractor even to the point of possibly compromising the performance of their new green home, but don’t let this happen! Make them explain their choices and then do your own research so you can bring your conclusions back to the GC and put them on the right pat...