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What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada some amateur forensic work and get your house working in top order. and if you are one of the masses that prefer watching to reading, then check out our YouTube channel home renovation DIY videos . How to insulate attics properly When to replace old windows when renovating and when to repair them How much in...

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 gain through the windows and disconnect the solar panels, the model suggests that we would need 24,550 kWh/year of power from propane, or 909 gallons. However, we already get 4,306 kWh of heat through the windows. The above models also don't account for the new solar panels added this fall, which together with ...

Can I legally put a Tiny House on my Property?
Tiny house

How can I put a Tiny House on my property legally in the USA ?

...HOW or Tiny House on your property. Fot more detailed information, there is a series of 3 workshops available through the THIA that you can download that will teach you how to navigate the process, and work with government officials to advocate for tiny homes in your region. Find Tiny House-friendly local councillo...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes? panel than someone in Ontario for example. All this is to illustrate that there is not one right answer to the question of 'to be or not to be' someone with photovoltaic solar panels, your own wind turbine, solar heated floors , bike generator , or even a water-wheel! Solar heating - passive & active energy P...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...door test comes in Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $1,000 Replacement Windows and doors Replace your windows or glass doors with ENERGY STAR® certified models Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $5,000 Smart Thermostats Add a smart thermostat to help improve your comfort and save money on your energy bill (must...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...dows facing south were all chosen to allow in more of the sun's heat ( called solar heat gain coefficient, SHGC ), whereas windows facing all other directions have a low SHGC. The difference between them is that the high-gain windows allow in approximately 50% of the sun's heat, whereas the low-SHGC windows let in only...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist panels. But we kind of wanted to bring it down to the basics and just show how little energy a house needs to use. Yes, we could have installed solar panels on top of it, but there’s so little consumption as it is .” Also, added Mike, " utility power in this region comes from hydro sources in Quebec, not coal or ...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...don't leak on sunny days! See our page on How to fix ice dams so you can understand yourself how it should be done and you can then be sure your contractor is carrying out work properly. How to finish a basement wall And probably the worst mistakes in building we ever see, and which still happens in new constructio...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way home tour; so far over 800 people have viewed the home. This annual tour shows Edmonton’s most energy efficient homes and is run by volunteers, operating since the late nineties. It is this tour that showed us how other people lived a greener lifestyle and inspired us to do the same. Now, many years later, it is ...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...dously interested in this kind of a building ,” he said. “A building that does everything for itself, totally off of every grid and they’re warm. It gets very cold (in Alberta) and the building has no backup heating whatsoever, it doesn’t need it.” How does a wood stove not qualify as backup heat? And when did propan...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...don’t yet have experience in . Go ahead and do it for the experience and fun of it, but unless you hope to work in a certain field, there is likely no financial reward waiting for you by learning a trade simply to do a job once. As an example – take drywalling. You’ve never done it but it looks pretty easy right? Wel...