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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. ...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...off the ground. When certain milestones are completed, you then have collateral you can use to approach your financial institution about getting access to funds. Some banks offer incentives for energy efficient upgrades, particularly when certifications are involved - like LEED , or Energy Star windows , doors and ap...

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...

net zero energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...off-the-shelf technology, the pilot is also aimed at advancing the commoditization of net zero energy homes in Canada. With the draft 2014 R-2000 Standard and the next generation EnerGuide Rating System (ERS) as the basis, NRCan will examine the best means for seamlessly incorporating the net zero energy offering into ...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...off for a 10 day stretch in February, yet maintained indoor temperatures in the mid 20s (°C) and dropped only to 20.4 °C after consecutive overcast days. To balance temperatures through the home, unheated water is pumped through the concrete slab floor to help transfer the warmth of the sun from the southern exposure...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...off - by which time they would probably be due for replacement anyway. In New York, Maine or New Hampshire where electricity is around 21 cents US per kWh and a 10 kW solar array would cost around $27000.00 USD so that would take around 14 years to pay off - and leaving 26 years of free clean energy to enjoy ! The ot...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...off-grid. Pop-can solar panels: This is nothing short of brilliant and could be the only solid reason to justify drinking pop. It is however a rather time consuming process - cans need to be cleaned, have holes cut in the bottom, tabs removed, then they need to be glued together in a stack and finally painted black. ...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

Passive House Design, how does it work? If you've ever sat in a car with black leather seats in the summer, particularly when wearing shorts, you already understand passive solar heat gain . It is a very simple concept that as a building technique dates back thousands of years. You simply need to find out where sout...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

We are seeing more frequent and more severe weather events as our climate changes, and all evidence points to that trend continuing. Here we have a list of ways to prepare yourself in the event of grid failure or absence of municipal services. Storing emergency food and water: City water systems will remain pressu...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

There is a lot you can do in home construction to take advantage of the free energy provided by the sun. That can be passive solar , which is about home orientation and window design to passively heat your home, or active solar which involves mechanical solar panel systems. Solar panels can be either thermal (which ...