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Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...off-grid or likely to be during power outages, read on... Which electric-free pellet stoves are best off-grid? Wood Pellet stoves have always been a great alternative to wood stoves as they have a hopper that feeds fuel as needed, so it's a bit more like having a gas stove in your house. They are cleaner, they bala...

A sustainably built, ultra modern and affordable tiny house
Tiny house

NOMAD Micro Home fuelled by crowd funding, takes green building world by storm.

...off-grid capable. Manufactured in British Columbia by those friendly friendly Canadians, The NOMAD micro home is a pre-fabricated Tiny House kit. Light enough to be shipped anywhere in the world, these flat-packed houses can be assembled with nothing more than a drill, a friend and "handyman" level carpentry skills. ...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...grid, so any surplus power generated will be fed back into the grid system. Conversely, the home will draw from the grid when insufficient power is being supplied by the photovoltaic panels. Alain Hamel will opt for the net-metering option with Hydro-Québec; that is to say that each kWh his home feeds into the electr...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

As a native Californian transplanted into a much cooler climate (Western Quebec), I find myself mourning the loss of fresh local seasonal fruits and veggies all year long, which I understand is a first world problem on a few different levels. All that to say, that I often get to dreaming about and researching what's...

Bullfrog clean power
Renewable energy

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

...grid. At night when the sun is down and you are using power, you are drawing off the grid. Having home solar panels means you have made an investment in clean energy to compensate for your personal consumption, so that much less power will be generated through more harmful methods. Bullfrog operates under the same ...

Trinity portable wind turbine for charging devices
Wind power

The Trinity portable wind turbine will charge your gadgets on the go.

...offer a chance for myth debunking! And if you're someone that lives off grid, then devices like this simply become a way of life. So pedal-charge your devices, or charge them with the wind if you like, and when you are done go for a beer and charge your phone with the Stirling phone charging coaster and tell us what ...

Wind farm
Wind power

Storing power from wind farms

...off-peak times to pump water to a location where it is ready to be released and generate hydroelectric power. There are close to a dozen facilities like this in the US alone, none in Canada unfortunately. Belgium has recently announced plans to build an offshore hydroelectric power storage reservoir, but rather than ...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...off-grid home , or even how to build an off-grid Tiny Home , check out our building guide pages , or use our Edelweiss House as an example of what is possible when you design for optimum energy efficiency from the beginning, as it only consumes about $600 a year in total energy - that includes all the electricity for l...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...grid from renewable sources, so depending on where you live, some people are automatically using renewable energy. For those in regions with a mix of dirtier fuel sources feeding the grid, there are alternative methods of ‘buying’ green power. US homeowners can reduce their home carbon footprint by purchasing Renewable...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...off-grid. It's equipped with solar power generation, carries its own water, has a full kitchen and bathroom, but is also capable of plugging into the grid at an RV Park if need be. The Tacks are currently running their home on 100% solar power and loving it. This is not an entirely common lifestyle, but Chris and M...

Decentralized Energy Generation for LEED, Passive House & Green Homes
Renewable energy

Which is the Best Type of Home Energy Generation for Green Homes?

...off the grid’ and it is a great way for the rest of us to do our bit towards preventing climate change. This sustainable method of producing energy has been even further developed in its ability to power houses! Energy itself cannot be created or destroyed, and every time an individual gets on a bike for whatever pur...