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

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

...the design and construction of an 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...

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

...there is a high concentration of them in urban areas, it does not pose the same health risk when they're used in more remote or off-grid areas, on condition tha...

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 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 eas...

Electric vehicle charging station
Commuting

Electric Vehicles getting help from the provinces

...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 new...

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

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...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 rea...

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 in...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...the natural phenomenon of the planet, like the sun, like the rain, like the gravity, like the wind, the condensation, the convection, all of the natural phenome...

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

...them down, they may let you work alongside just to appease you since you are the one holding the purse strings! There are areas where once you understand the ...

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

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

...the grid with energy and end up making a tasty little profit at the end of the day. Check out the Tesla Solar Roof offer program that pays a nice dividend if yo...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...The less moisture there is in the sponge, the harder you'll have to squeeze. So, the colder the air is, the more energy it takes to squeeze the heat out. The ...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...the event of grid failure. Wood stoves: This is the simplest heat source to have in the absence of power . Assuming you are in a region that allows them (th...