Household waste / Guides

Disposing of old batteries
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...waste management, first determine just what services are available in your municipality so you can sort your waste properly. Not all collection and disposal services are the same in all regions - recycling, compost collection, toxic waste depots, etc., but your local municipality will be able to provide you with that i...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

...waste , composting , disposing of construction waste and other easy lifestyle changes to reduce your environmental footprint in these pages : How to sort and dispose of compost and household waste Use your kitchen waste as compost to grow food in a backyard lasagna garden How to dispose of constructio...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...waste factor limit: Limit the overall estimated waste factor of framing materials to 10% or less, and provide detailed documentation. 2.1 FSC-certified tropical woods: Provide proof that any tropical woods found in the home are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. 3.1 Construction waste management planni...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...household hazardous waste leftovers. Click here learn for a DIY all natural paint recipe. 3.) Hand wash instead of dry cleaning clothes when possible. Chemicals used in dry cleaning have been linked to cancer, as well as kidney and nervous system damage. If there's an item you must dry clean, remove it from the plast...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...waste and use large quantities of materials and natural resources. The Materials & Resources category encourages the selection of sustainably grown, harvested, produced, and transported products and materials with a documented chain of custody. It also promotes waste reduction as well as material reuse and recycling. ...

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

...waste , composting , disposing of construction waste and other easy lifestyle changes to reduce your environmental footprint in these pages : Building with recycled shipping pallets How to sort and dispose of compost and household waste How to grow food at home sustainably in a backyard lasagna garden...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...household has two people, but this cold climate greenhouse also helps feed four children, grandchildren and step-parents. "We give a lot of it away, and this year we began to sell some in the local village. Selling surplus helps us continue to finance the project.” Cold Climate insulated Greenhouse construction © P...

Gas powered tankless water heaters
Plumbing and water heaters

Are tankless water heaters good?

...household, in which annual hot water costs then approximated $310. It should be noted that electricity in Quebec is cheaper than in other parts of the country, so savings would vary by region and utility prices. How tankless water heaters work: An electrical element or a gas burner turns on or off, depending on w...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...waste of time, money and resources. This is where Tesla starts to stands out from the pack in a detailed comparison. Tesla has developed an integrated active / inactive roof-tile system, so you don’t end up paying for solar panels that won’t generate power, and you don’t have visible junctions between active and inac...