LED lights / Guides

LED filament bulbs
Lighting

All about LED filament bulbs

...LEDs have significantly warmed in colour in the past few years, and now with the introduction of their answer to filament bulbs, LEDs can finally offer that old-time glow of antique chandelier lights. Are there filaments on an LED bulb? Sort of... it's just an illusion: LED filament bulbs contain a glass frame with...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...LED (light emitting diode) LED’s came into practical use in the 60’s and are most familiar to us as indicator lights on electronic devices. Bulbs offer approximately 100,000 hours of operation, or about 11 straight years. Compare that to a 5,000 hour lifespan of incandescent bulbs. They are 4 times more efficient i...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...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 stove on the hot days. Preparing cold meals like salads,...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...lights and the outdoor LED display . © Raphaël Thibodeau Us: Is this shelter a first in Québec? L. McC : There are buildings that are heated with solar power in Quebec, but they are almost all private residences. The originality of this project stems from the fact that it is an artistic inst...

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

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...lights . Existing buildings - build a drywall box above pot lights (done from above). We recommend using drywall because it's airtight when sealed, 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 ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...lights compared to a car that gets all the green lights and goes further at cruising speed - which one uses more gas? And who has the more enjoyable ride? Exactly. Appliances and electrical: Don't underestimate the amount of energy that will be consumed by appliances, electronics and lighting. Read the tags on appl...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...led and that also hold insulation off areas that may get hot if still using incandescent bulbs. The best solution all around is to replace old, leaky and incandescent light fittings with modern slimline LED fittings - carefully sealed against air leakage and saving energy too. Another solution that isn't very complic...

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs
Lighting

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...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...LED lights and water-saving faucets, and make sure you fix leaking faucets to save water , you save money directly but you also reduce the size of the solar panel system that would be required to meet your demand. Now think of that in terms of heat - insulation is cheaper than solar panels, so that should be your sta...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...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 furnaces clea...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

The first house designed under our Passive Solar Index (PSI) program won "Most Resilient House" in the 2013 Green Builder® Home of the Year Awards. The Kenogami House is a living laboratory of high performance design and technology, called "The Most Resilient House in North America" by Alex Wilson, founder of the Resi...