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Tiny Tack House living room
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The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...living room bench doubles as an extra bed while concealing drawer space underneath. Dormers in the loft allow for clothing storage, head room and extra windows for ventilation. By including such multi-purpose features, the Tack's have successfully built a cozy comfortable home that is not only beautiful, but perfectly ...

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...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
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Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...off-grid tiny homes used as rental accommodation nestled in the rugged beauty of the bushland of Rakula, a Northern Territory of Australia, close to the town of Litchfield and it's waterfalls. The first is a single level rancher style shipping container home made from one 40 foot long container cut in half and set at...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...living In terms of total operational cost, it would seem the original forecasts were a little too optimistic. However, even at about $1,000 a year in operational cost (more than triple the estimate), it still represents a 2/3rd reduction compared to a conventional house of the same size. Off-grid living in the city...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...Living City Campus at Kortright, ON, where you can find The Archetype Sustainable House (ASH) . The two houses act as a living laboratory with more than 400 calibrated sensors that monitor the performance of the buildings' systems. There is also an on-site weather station measuring outdoor meteorological conditions, pr...

Product of the month: Aquion’s Aqueous Hybrid Ion saltwater home batte
Renewable energy

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...Off-grid living blog: a homeowner reflects on the design and building process Tesla Solar Roof shingles review Aquion Energy

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

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

...living ‘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 what...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
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ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

...living in a Tiny Home caught my eye when I was deliberating how to possibly become ( gasp! ) a responsible homeowner. The Tiny House Movement has become a bit of a craze over the past few years in the US where I’ve been living, especially since reality TV channels started airing shows such as Tiny House, Big Living, ...

Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
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Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras.

...off-grid Tiny House in the woods. Armed with an appreciation for the great outdoors and a desire to learn to live off-grid, he bought 40 acres in the Sierras where he could do just that. After five years of hard work, Basich had a beautiful and artfully designed tiny home, respecting the principles of the golden rati...

Mobile tiny house
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Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...living and the clever multi-functional design aspects that tiny houses inevitably include. But the question remains whether or not Tiny Houses are a good solution to climate change and housing. Tiny House living is a housing trend that has inspired radically scaling back home size, which is a very good thing. The ave...

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...