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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...

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...

Grey Water Recycling Never Looked Better
Greywater Recycling

Greywater recycling never looked better

...LED light provides information about available water levels. If grey water abounds and there is enough to flush with 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 f...

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,...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...LED lighting to minimize electrical loads. The asymmetrical gabled roof also leverages coastal storms, collecting rainwater that is funneled into three 6,700 litre cisterns. The storage tanks are the sole source of water for the house. © Janet Kimber Lockeport Beach House © Jan...

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...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...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 installation open to the pu...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...LED lanterns that can operate for hours or more on a single wind, however, to ensure a strong battery, you should wind them to full power on occasion rather than letting them sit there dead. Candles and functioning lighters are a great back up, but even safer are battery powered LED candles. This eliminates any fire ...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...led to a buildup of moisture in homes, and condensation on windows was common place and hard to stop . This led to a build up of mould and mildew in homes. Modern day airtight homes need mechanical assistance to stop moisture damage and protect indoor air quality, especially true in basements where ventilation is essen...

Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
Tiny house

Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras.

...led in competitions, he lived a very "big" life which he describes as the American dream: a 4,000 sq. ft. home and expensive car, but ultimately it left him feeling unsatisfied. He bailed out of competitive snowboarding and integrated his passion for photography with his love of the sport. Long before the days of GoP...

Solar panel reflectors
Solar photovoltaic

Using reflectors to increase the yield of solar panels

...led panels, and by 18% when tested with a system that had optimally-angled panels. According to Pearce, in most cases with well-placed solar arrays, the energy collected should rise on average by 30% with the inclusion of reflectors. Read the complete study here Additional info on home solar power generation: ...