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Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates building techniques here : Affordable modern prefab green homes for cold climates Are shipping container homes good or bad? All about Tiny Houses & Laneway Homes Ontario clarifies building-code for permits for laneway homes & legal Tiny Houses in Toronto Tips for a successful green h...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...power from the existing panels. If trackers allow you to get sufficient power from fewer panels, they could justify the extra costs. However, moving parts fail; therefore, your maintenance costs may be higher as well. This is definitely a discussion worth having, and a good reason to ensure that there is a good warrant...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...power is lost—is a key tenet of resilient design, and I was very pleased that our house did so well. Though we hope the house to be net-zero-energy in its operation—with space heating, water heating, cooking, and almost everything else, powered by a 12 kW solar-electric system—we can heat the place just fine with our s...

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project
Mechanical systems

Smart door lock buying guide

...power? Yes, smart door locks have electronic features that need power to run. They are not hard-wired to your home (that would be tricky the way a door opens and closes), smart locks have batteries that power the LED lights on passcode keypads, wireless chips, and of course the motor that engages and disengages the d...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...powered car. And if you live in an area with variable power rates, you can still keep your costs down without much effort by charging at times during the day when electrical rates are low. Some smart chargers are able to be programed to only charge at off-peak hours to keep your EV fueling costs down. EVSE charger po...

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas sources of natural gas, but unfortunately some very destructive ones as well. On the bright side, there are biogas projects underway that are harnessing methane escaping from landfill sites and other organic materials. While the biogas industry is still in its infancy, it is accessible through Bullfrog power wh...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...power outage, by slowly releasing its heat over the course of days. Raft slabs can be heated with hydronic systems (liquid) or air-heated tubes as seen below . A better basement design: Traditional basements begin with a poured footing, then a foundation wall, and finally the slab floor. Rarely are footings i...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...power, water and sewers, instead of building new. It means more efficient use of existing roads and public transportation, and increasing a city's tax base without the high cost of building new infrastructure. But most importantly perhaps, urban densification helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and urban sprawl. Th...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...power at the well head for the pump, no additional power lines would need to be run to the well, so there is no added hassle or cost difference whether installation happens at the time of construction or a retrofit at a later date. An added benefit is that this system also removes methane, sulfur (the rotten egg smell)...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...power to load pellets. So in the event of an extended power outage, you might get a bit chilly. Solutions to that can be either a dedicated battery backup, or a generator. Or choose an electricity free pellet stove suitable for off-grid heating here . The cost of pellet stoves range from about $1,700 to $3,000, not i...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction building techniques here : How to design a home that uses less energy Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages