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Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...office towers with windows that don't open. In such commercial applications though, what it can do is postpone the need for cooling until off-peak hours. Even just that has very tangible benefits - by shifting the cooling load to off-peak hours, you take much of the burden off the grid during times of peak demand, an...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...off-grid living ), and we've chosen to social distance by getting out and about in Beautiful British Columbia - and guess what? Tru Earth Eco-Strips have not only cleaned at least as well as our regular laundry detergent did - but the whole family has commented on how our laundry and clothes now simply feel and smell...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

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High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...off-grid heating solution . Burning firewood and other biomass fuels are a way to gain that independence. Heating efficiently with biomass fuel (wood, grain, seeds and manufactured fire logs) The good news is, improvements in stove and fireplace technology have been so dramatic that burning wood or biomass fuel for...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...grid with energy and end up making a tasty little profit at the end of the day. Check out the Tesla Solar Roof offer program that pays a nice dividend if you have a south facing roof. Grey water recycling: This is a great use of valuable resources. Grey water recycling means collecting water from sinks and showers, t...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...offer them. If the energy grid in your region is fed with renewable energy but you heat your house with fossil fuels, in winter months you would now be heating your water with fossil fuels. They work best and reduce your carbon footprint when combined with a clean source of interior air, like an air source heat pump. ...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...office space in January 2019, Ecohabitation had the SketchnanoGard film applied to the south-facing windows. While they were not afforded a before-and-after comfort comparison, no one there is a stranger to the effects of a hot sun coming through the windows of the previous Ecohabitation office, and the reports from al...

The Fun Box
Tiny house

The Fun Box! Solar, wind and human powered luxury living

...offers indoor and outdoor living space © Le Vertendre A huge bay window gives you an incomparable view of the surrounding nature, which can also be enjoyed from the large bath on wheels rolled out on the terrace. It comes equipped with an entertainment system, pedal away on the stationary bike and watch all y...

Why Building Affordable Eco Homes is Important
Efficient home design

Why building an affordable family home today means choosing to build a Green Home

...off-grid preppers with solar panels, greenhouses and future-proofed resilient homes just don’t seen as crazy anymore. (Except maybe those building Earthships in cold climates - but we won't get started on that one here.) Green homes save money If you're having a new home built or doing extensive renovations to an e...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...off power, and on occasion it is simply that someone unplugged it and forgot to plug it in again. Outside of lacking power to operate, pump components do fail. Sometimes the motor may burnout, other times the motor may run fine but it stops pumping water because of a blockage or because the impeller falls off (true s...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...grid is fed by renewable sources such as hydroelectric or wind power, then there is no need to install your own system to reduce your personal emissions. Again, go ahead and set up a solar array and battery backup for your own security of power, but if going 'off-grid' means you need to burn fossil fuels instead of tap...