Home buying advice / Guides

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...home Finding green building design professionals Top Tips for Building Green Homes on a Budget Maintaining healthy indoor air quality Resilient design features for new home construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

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

...home EVSE, whether that is a Level 1 or Level 2 charger. Most homes already have a level 1 ‘EV charging station’ in the form of a standard 110-volt outlet on the outside wall of a house, so you should be able to use your electric car without any home modifications, but trickle charging an EV like that can take up to 48...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...home: In your gut, do you dread more the idea of keeping the home, or the idea of tearing it down? Is the home layout something you can see yourself being happy in for years ahead? Can the house layout and size be easily modified to meet your current and future needs? Do you plan to live in the home long term...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...home on a budget here , or find out all about Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ... Solar tracker © Ecohome STORY UPDATE: In Canada, the prices for solar panels has been steadily declining while the cost of trackers has remained fairly static. In...

Choosing the right firewood
Wood stove and biomass heat

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

...Buying the right stove in the first place allows us to run them at the optimum efficiency level while giving the level of heat required to heat the home - it's a balancing act, too big and either it overheats or doesn't get to correct temperature and burns inefficiently, too small and we jam them too full trying to get...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

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How to organize food in your fridge to make it last longer
Lifestyle and environment

Fridge organization - how to optimize fridges to reduce food waste (and why it matters)

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Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...home or entering it. Ventilate the home to remove excess moisture. Dehumidify the air in the home to bring the relative humidity below the 60%. Heat and insulate homes evenly to try to prevent cold spots that will provoke condensation. The question remains, how do we do all those for the best, to help reduce ...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

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Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...home while at the same time reducing its operating costs. Be sure to have a home properly inspected before purchase so you aren’t buying a nightmare, and see about getting a prioritized list from a home inspector so you know which issues need immediate attention, which ones are important but can wait, and which ones ...