Power failure / Guides

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...failure or absence of municipal services. Storing emergency food and water: City water systems will remain pressurized during power failures, but for those on a well, they require power to pump water up and fill pressure tanks. If you receive a local extreme weather warning that could lead to a power outage, fill a...

Milwaukee expander tool for Uponor pex tubing
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing just got faster and easier with the Milwaukee ProPEX expander tool - video

...power expander which was a huge improvement over the hand tool, but still required significant effort. With the original power expander you had to remove the tool, rotate it, then put it back in and expand the tube further. Failure to rotate it would potentially leave channels that could cause leaks. The big evolutio...

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

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...power generation is resilience and personal security by being able to run the systems of your home in the case of grid failure. That brings us to the elephant in the room - storing power affordably, safely, and with limited environmental impact. Feeding power back into the grid can be something of an effective 'stora...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...power failure. © Inflotrolix 1. A fully automatic sewer backflow prevention system: To counter sewer back-ups, Inflotrolix has developed an intelligent pneumatic flood prevention system. The device has an inflatable probe balloon equipped with sophisticated sensors that is installed directly...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...power generation). The remaining 25% of required energy would be provided via a gasoline-powered generator. Collecting and purifying rainwater The most crucial prerequisite to designing a successful autonomous home water system is to reduce consumption. For example, this house includes a toilet that consumes on...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...power returns. Keeping a house warm during power outages: Beyond basic passive solar heat collection, the following is a list of supplementary heat sources that can operate in the event of grid failure. Wood stoves: This is the simplest heat source to have in the absence of power . Assuming you are in a region ...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...power generation . These systems and design features work together to achieve an EnerGuide rating of 100. The home also boasts a Walk Score of 56 and a transit score of 58. Strategic decisions: The original home on this property was beginning to demonstrate foundation failure, continuous sewer...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...powerful storms? River District is being designed to be a great neighbourhood even during the most challenging times. While the city requires developers to look at the water levels expected during a once in 200 year storm, ParkLane went much further and had a study completed looking at what the projected sea levels w...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...power, but if going 'off-grid' means you need to burn fossil fuels instead of tapping into clean energy from the grid, you are increasing your carbon footprint, not reducing it. All of Quebec is on renewable power, as is much of British Columbia and a growing percentage of many other provinces. Clean power currently ...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...power and heat. Homes that are better situated to retain heat can offer greater comfort for a longer period of time in such situations. Issues and solutions for all basement wall assemblies: EPS spacer on bottom of framed basement walls © floodsill.com Spacers below bottom plates : Shimmin...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...power supply, this may be the cause of a humming noise , burning smells or worse still, a fire. I’ve actually seen this once – and many US homes have 240v outlets designed for power tools which an amateur electrician might attempt to connect to. Some heaters are 240 volt - so be certain what the power supply is runni...