LED bulbs / Guides

LED filament bulbs

All about LED filament bulbs

...LEDs have become more mainstream, they have already closed the gap significantly with incandescent bulbs. Finding LED bulbs: You should be able to find LED bulbs in most home and building supply stores; they're even common in local hardware stores now. Things to look for when comparison shopping between any LED bul...

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs

All about LED bulbs - video

...LED bulbs and DIY lighting fixture installation tips. LED bulbs are here to stay, it's time to make the leap. The colours are warmer now, the bulbs are dimable and the price is coming down. Incandescent bulbs give off lots of unwanted heat, which in summer months makes your air conditioning system work harder. Compac...

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

...bulbs. Fluorescent tubes and many bulbs are now available in what is called ‘ full spectrum ’ or ‘daylight balanced’ colour. By closely imitating natural light, daylight bulbs can noticeably reduce depression during winter months. Full spectrum bulbs used to be quite hard to find and many times the price of convent...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...bulbs produce far more heat than compact fluorescent or LED lamps . LED are more expensive, but the price is dropping quickly; they last forever and use a fraction of the energy. The quality of bulbs has also improved, see the new LED filament bulbs here . Cook fresh: do whatever you possibly can to avoid using your ...

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

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...led, but also because the light can build up heat and drywall is fire resistant. Swap out incandescent and halogen bulbs for LED bulbs so less heat will be generated. Sun melt is unavoidable - including a water-impermeable membrane under the shingles at bottom edge won't stop the dam but it will stop the damage. ...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...LED or compact fluorescent bulbs , caulk and foam any gaps, and cover your windows with plastic in winter. These upgrades don’t necessarily have to cost you a lot, you could also consider talking to the landlord about footing the bill for material costs. More and more people are inquiring about utility costs when renti...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...LED lights will save electricity and money, they will also help keep your house cooler in the summer. Incandescent bulbs convert 80% of their energy to heat, so turning on ten 100 watt bulbs is like turning on an 800 watt heater. Having house plans drawn: Working with an architect: An architect will provide you w...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...bulbs with LED bulbs ; replace any old and inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR certified appliances ; install low-flow shower heads and faucets that will reduce the demand on electric water heaters ; if you heat with electricity, have a home energy audit done and perform necessary upgrades; keep electric fu...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...LED lighting (LED bulbs have an extremely long lifespan as well as being energy efficient) Triple pane fiberglass windows Stainless steel exterior door thresholds Asphalt waterproofing membrane under steel roof covering Foundation anchored in rock User friendly: Regardless of sustain...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...LED bulbs and design for natural lighting keep the house bright with very little energy use. Also think to fix dripping faucets using our handy guide ! Off grid passive solar home side elevation © Craig Anderson Passive solar design interior for this off-grid home © Craig Anderso...

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...LED light bulbs – this helps keep a home cooler in summer, and the latest LED bulbs on the market are affordable, long-lasting, and give off warm natural light. Install low-flow showerheads – although the difference in experience is virtually undetectable, you will have a noticeable reduction in your energy bills. ...