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Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...panels. Solar heating is essentially free (there are some small increases in electricity for the costs of pumping water through larger solar panels, but it is minimal as this links to the pool filtration system anyhow if planned and built right.) The downside of solar, especially in more northern areas, is that it rare...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...panels . Double-framed wall construction with two offset rows of 2x4s studs injected with high-density cellulose insulation that will not settle over time The panelized prefab wall assembly was designed to dry outward, with glued, stick-on vapor-permeable WRB membranes (Weather Resistive Barriers) protecting the ...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...panels would generate domestic hot water in the summer months with the added benefit of saving the panels from overheating. The bonus for our test home near Wakefield Quebec - close to Ottawa was that the engineered slab on grade foundation form's design saved money that would otherwise have been spent on soil remediat...

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...panels outside the Tiny Tack House © Christopher Tack

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...panels can be to build. Passive solar air heating panels , whether bought or homemade, are an interesting way of saving energy, money & carbon footprint of homes with renewable energy. Find other articles & information on renewable energy systems here : Solar air heated radiant floor form kits f...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...panels on your roof. The heated liquid is then transferred to a sealed and insulated tank which contains copper coils, through which your water passes before feeding your water heater or boiler. This serves to preheat water and reduce or eliminate the energy required to bring the water to temperature. You will see th...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...panels. Even this type of system is not new, the first house in the United States with an active solar heating system was built In 1939 on the MIT campus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and sat on top of a huge water reservoir that was heated by thermal solar panels. MIT Solar House thermal battery via W...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...panels A SIP wall is a foam panel with sheathing (usually OSB) glued to each side. The panels themselves are structural, so you avoid needing all the lumber you would find for a typically framed house. Houses insulated with foam still have a bit of a bad rap within the green building community, but we think that is a...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

...panels - the different options & how they work Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor T esla solar panels - special offers announced Tesla Solar Roof Cost, Competitors & Reviews Find more about sustainable home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide pages

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...panels that can generate 2.3 kW of electricity on sunny days, which should provide the bulk of the house's electricity consumption. Enough power to meet the total electrical demand during 4 days without sunshine is stored in direct current (DC) lead batteries. The high-efficiency converter (which transforms the direc...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...panels that extracts heat from the interior air and transfers it to his water heater, from where it is distributed through his radiant floors. Along with providing air conditioning in summer, this system prevents the home from overheating in winter, yet keeps that heat to distribute later as the air begins to cool. B...