Hot water / Guides

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...hot fire to take the edge off a chilly morning. It starts up fast, it burns really hot and it's over before you know it. Different tools for different jobs. Y...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...hot water or transfer heat through your home with radiant floors. Any woodburner or wood burning stove will only give as much heat as the wood itself is able ...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...hot water, the backup generator, and a propane range in the kitchen. My best guess is that 75% of that, perhaps 300 gallons of propane...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...hot water). All other renewable energies are disqualified - something PHIUS changed by including on-site energy production (photovoltaics or wind turbines) used...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...hotovoltaic solar panels and wind, propane is typically used for cooking, and in colder climates water heating. Rainwater is collected, stored in large plasti...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...hot by day as well as night. This limits the use of a solarium as a living area in the summer unless they are air-conditioned, which would be another nail in th...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...hot water heating in the summer. If we were able to put all of this excess capacity to use, that would mean our total needs from propane would drop to a project...

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...water is produced too as Hydrogen and oxygen molecules combine with consequently large amounts of water vapor found in the flue gases. Therefore it’s so importa...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...hot water in the summer months with the added benefit of saving the panels from overheating. The bonus for our test home near Wakefield Quebec - close to Ottawa...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...hot months, that vapor barrier is on the wrong side of the wall assembly to be effective for much of the year. If you live in a land of endless winter, an int...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...water batteries are available for sale again in USA & Canada. Renewable energy is a hot topic, not just in green building circles, but all across the globe. T...