Green power / Guides

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...power rates so there’s less of a financial incentive than in Ontario or other parts of Canada. You can expect to pay likely in the $7,000 to $10,000 range depending on the size of the system you require. Grey water heat recovery Grey water heat recovery drain pipe © Ecohome Grey water heat recovery is a syste...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...Green Building , GreenSpec and recently the Resilient Design Institute . The following is a brief description of his vision, and the steps our team took as designers, builders and homeowners to meet that criteria for the Kenogami House. The acronym: E - Energy efficient - a high performance home must comprise eff...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...green home construction? The difference between Polyiso, EPS & XPS foam insulation & styrofoam Tips for successfully building affordable eco homes Resilient design features for sustainable new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages or ...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...Green Building Guides - North America's favorite Sustainable & Green Building Resource

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...Green Building Guide pages . Home Heating - How to Design a Home for Thermal Comfort and Efficiency Electric Home Heating Delivery options - which are best? Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - 10 Tips Renewable Energy - What are the Best Ways to generate Power at Home? Auto-feeding w...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide equivalent) economy-wide emissions 26–28% from 2005 levels by 2025 and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan has grown to 24 members. New York City was in the news earlier this year when it passed a resolution requiring extraordinary energy performance gains t...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...power, but if going 'off-grid' means you need to burn fossil fuels instead of tapping into clean energy from the grid, you are increasing your carbon footprint, not reducing it. All of Quebec is on renewable power, as is much of British Columbia and a growing percentage of many other provinces. Clean power currently ...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...power) and are usually near bus routes and services, making even the worst of them greener than a lot of the 'green' homes that lie outside of urban centers. Downtown urban living isn't for everyone, so by all means live the way you want. But there is no denying the fact that the housing density and shared resources ...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...powerful jets that feel more like you're getting a tattoo than bathing. No one wants to leave a shower cold and in pain, so needless to say those weren't big sellers in residential homes. A more efficient shower head can pay for itself in 6 months of savings on your hydro bill Conclusions from an in-house test done...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

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

...power supply, this may be the cause of a humming noise , burning smells or worse still, a fire. I’ve actually seen this once – and many US homes have 240v outlets designed for power tools which an amateur electrician might attempt to connect to. Some heaters are 240 volt - so be certain what the power supply is runni...

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...green home construction in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages - also, learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .