Reducing water consumption / Guides

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...water passes through a Waterloo Biofilter . The system is designed to treat 600 litres of rainwater per day, which is done without using any chemicals. Water ...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...water cannot penetrate it. Not only can onsite water management reduce your consumption, but it also protects waterways. Impermeable surfaces redirect water a...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...consumption will be recalculated after a year of occupation to determine the actual energy consumption under normal use with a family in residence. The Eco-...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...water. It can easily provide 60% or more of your heating and hot water in the winter and almost all your hot water needs in the summer. With a well-buil...

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?

...consumption and carbon footprint. Theoretically then moving towards home solar , wind power and even bicycle generators can make for a more efficient home, as y...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...consumption goes up in the future; it also gives you the option of starting with a smaller system while you work on reducing consumption, with space ready to ad...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...reducing total HVAC ratings and energy requirements. ERV technology is not only an effective means of reducing energy cost and heating and cooling loads, but ...

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

Heating with electricity

...reducing the carbon footprint of our energy needs. This compares to Canada, where around 67% of Canada’s electricity comes from renewable sources and 82% from...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...water will boil faster and emit less water vapour, reducing condensation . Central vacuums : Efficient central vacuum systems with hepa filtration certainly...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...water than a conventional home Zero-energy high performance septic waste-water treatment system Reclaimed and recycled materials, including a Silestone Cose...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...reducing your personal emissions by installing solar panels. Installing home battery systems: In the earlier days of off-grid home construction and home pow...