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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. ...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...led inside. Just don’t let your kids chew on the walls and you should be fine. 3. Renting It’s quite feasible to enjoy green living in a rented house or apartment: Install low flow fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom; good thick curtains are very effective in reducing heat loss; install electronic thermostats to r...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...LED technologies have become cost-competitive with the compact fluorescents and incandescents that came before. While still somewhat more expensive than these other choices, LEDs last much longer (often estimated around 20 years), and consume only a fraction of the energy. We put in all LED lighting to minimize electri...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...led by the CORRIM (Consortium for Research on Renewable Materials), the lifecycle of steel and concrete results in 26% to 31% more greenhouse gas emissions than that of wood. In effect, building with wood is a measure that can help combat climate change, provided that an equal amount of new trees are planted. By capt...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...led floors, especially with softwood which are prone to damage - it's very easy to touch up an oiled floor, especially when compared to a varnished one. Environmental impacts and indoor air quality (IAQ) Whatever floor finish you choose, different products will have different impacts on your home air quality and th...

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...

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: ...

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...

Mixed interior room 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...