Reduce your carbon footprint / Guides

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...reduce your carbon footprint and your food costs. Not only that, it's often healthier and even tastes better. Any would-be gardener would love a sunny backyard or even better some acreage to grow edibles, but that isn't always the case. Some of the more limited spaces would be apartment balconies, but if they are at ...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater
Plumbing and water heaters

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

...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. Now you know about effici...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...your consumption, your carbon footprint, and even a list of your most energy-consuming appliances or devices. It can also help you set monthly budgets and goals for energy consumption and send you notices of issues that need to be addressed. Examples of messages that will be sent to you: A defrosting coil in your...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...your comfort and save money on your energy bill (must be combined with another retrofit) Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $50 More efficient Heating like Heat Pumps Make the switch to more energy-efficient heating equipment to save on your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint Maximum Grant Amount: Up ...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...your heating system by default reduce it's carbon footprint. Electric heat sources: Heating with electricity is not defined by just noisy baseboard heaters or an electric forced-air furnace. The efficiency and BTUs delivered through electric radiators, furnaces, convection heaters or boilers for hydronic radiant fl...

A Tiny House with a Greenhouse - Yes it's Possible!

Tiny House with attached and mobile greenhouse - good or bad idea?

...reduce your personal carbon footprint. But at least an RV has been designed with aerodynamics in mind to reduce fuel consumption; we've not seen a lot of that within the tiny-house living trend. For the most part they seem to be designed to get that old traditional house look with back porches, gable roofs and dormer...

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?

...your bike! As we look for ways to mitigate climate change , improving home energy efficiency and decentralising power generation is something we can do to reduce our personal energy consumption and carbon footprint. Theoretically then moving towards home solar , wind power and even bicycle generators can make for a m...

Earth day celebrations for 50th Anniversary
Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...reduce your personal carbon footprint and aid in mitigating climate change. Low-emission commuting choices Guides for green lifestyle and environment choices Free online tool for calculating the carbon footprint of buildings Find more about green home construction and reap the benefits of a free...

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

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...carbon and carbon-storage concrete solutions . There are many new innovations in concrete manufacturing in the pipeline that significantly reduce the carbon emissions; check whether any low carbon ready-mix concrete suppliers are available near you now , with luck they are already, and if not they may be soon. ICF wa...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...your money on gas, oil or electricity to heat your home, your money will create jobs in the local construction industry, through material manufacturing and job creation for builders and general contractors. So, your local builders will have more money to spend on local businesses, just as will you have more disposable ...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...reduce your personal carbon footprint, but one of the biggest impacts you can have comes from getting yourself out of your car. Reduced automobile use is one of the great benefits of increased urban density. It means easier access to the services you use, and it justifies improvements and expansions of public transport...