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Electric scooter for commuting

The Scrooser: Electric scooter for urban commuting

...It works with an Impulse Drive that is literally kickstarted by it's rider as the engine engages when the scooter reaches speeds over 3 km per hour. The Scrooser not only got legs through Kickstarter, the crowd sourced financing website for independent projects, it exceeded it's funding goal by more than 60K. ...

Grey Water Recycling Never Looked Better
Greywater Recycling

Greywater recycling never looked better

...ith the recycled water, the light is green. If not, the light is red and a fresh flushing option is available. It’s as simple as that. Though the value of Jang Wooseoks design is certainly rooted in it's function, the style elements of the Eco Bath are what put it firmly over the top. With its clean lines, thin compo...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...ition to homes that were attempting to reach Zero Net Energy, as it an provide comfort and help balance home temperatures with reduced energy demand for heating and cooling. With very little testing information available we're not comfortable making claims as to how well this or any other such products work, how long...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...ith minimal skills and a screwdriver you can, in most cases, remove the handle and lubricate it in only a few minutes. You could also try sticking a mitt over the outside handle on really cold nights to keep it a bit warmer; that works well for coldest Canadian winters! How to stop condensation inside exterior walls?...

Bullfrog clean power
Renewable energy

Bullfrog Power makes clean renewable energy available to all of us.

...ite. A common question seems to be "How do they ensure the very power I use is green?" They don't, that's not how it works. Even if you have solar panels on your roof, the actual electricity you use is for the most part not the electricity you generated. The bulk of electricity generated by home solar panels happen...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them, it can be a safety issue, so be sure it cannot drop on any common traffic areas. Covering an entire roof with a waterproof membrane is a practice that seems to have taken hold over the last 15 years or so; this will certainly solve ice damming problems, but it requires a significant investment of cash that wou...

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?
Wind power

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet? us the opportunity to stand behind this thing with confidence if it really works as they claim. For example - were the company to run a test for a month or so in a particular city (or better yet multiple cities), with a turbine placed at a proper height, and measure the energy collected, it would give some idea of w...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...ity and worker satisfaction. How passive solar heating and cooling works: There are two dates that form the cornerstone of passive solar design, December 21st and June 21st when the sun is at its highest and lowest points. In Passive Solar design, window size and placement along with overhangs and shading are det...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...However it plays out for you, if you do have contact with a bat and particularly if you’re bitten, you may want to check with a doctor as a precaution as they can and do carry rabies in North America - with a recent unfortunate case in Vancouver. Better safe than sorry. Preventing termite infestations: Termite tu...

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

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...How much heat is required depends on how fast a house loses heat. How fast it loses heat depends on how well insulated it is, and how well-sealed a home is against air leakage - which in terms of a high performance homes' efficiency and durability is another hugely important factor to consider, build to and to measure ...

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project
Mechanical systems

Smart door lock buying guide

...its on standard doors replaces existing deadbolts and is installed with just a screwdriver. With a controller you can create up to 250 unique passcodes that can be shared with friends and family, and 25 without a controller. It unlocks with a 4-8 digit passcode, has backlit touchscreen keypad and can be controlled fr...