Reducing your climate impact / Guides

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...reducing the impact of climate change and energy consumption, but in the short term, no one will benefit more than homebuyers. It is one thing to shop for houses within your price range, but without knowing the operational costs it is impossible to predict with any accuracy what your monthly expenditures will be. This ...

Trinity portable wind turbine for charging devices
Wind power

The Trinity portable wind turbine will charge your gadgets on the go.

...climate change, and yes, we agree that it will take more than that. What devices such as this do is create an awareness of the importance of ending our reliance on fossil fuels, and they remind people of the need to develop renewable clean energy sources if we are to have any impact on slowing climate change . We rec...

Grey water and heat recovery shower
Bathrooms

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

...impact on the extra amount of water necessary, increasing the savings to 80% in the case of a 20-minute shower. Reducing hot water consumption naturally reduces the amount of energy necessary for its heating. Consequently, the EcoVéa allows savings of up to 80% in energy consumption of a hot shower." With a conce...

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?

...yourself nuts if you over-analyse your every move in terms protecting the environment and reducing your climate impact, so when we stumble across a cool tech gadget that is an easy way to be eco-friendly, and looks like fun too, then we love passing it along. Hence this post on the bicycle generator - rather than drive...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...Reducing your environmental impact: The slab-on-grade building method reduces your impact on the environment in two different ways: by greatly reducing the amount of CO2 produced in the manufacturing and transportation of materials, and by providing - dollar for dollar - a wall with much better insulation. By build...

Lifestyle and environment

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

...your own home and yard. Learn about the impact of your diet on climate change – find out what foods are not only healthier for your body, but learn the different impacts that your food choices have on the environment (spoiler alert – vegetables consume far less natural resources than steak, so ‘meat-aterians’ should ...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...climate change is to weigh all the variables and make the most informed decisions possible while we balance quality of life with reducing our personal carbon footprint. And, short of parking yourself on top of a compost pile and waiting to meet your maker, there is simply nothing you can do on this planet that will n...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...your foundation, preferably to a permeable area. For an affordable system guaranteed to impress your friends, hook that barrel (or barrels) up to a soaker hose buried in your garden. Watering directly at the roots significantly reduces evaporation so you will get a lot more mileage out of one barrel of water. Water...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...your design team is your own judgement call, which comes down to trust . If they think you have really deep pockets then it is possible that they will try to ‘lighten your load’ a bit, so don’t come across as a millionaire unless you are planning to spend that! Be sure to project yourself as someone wise with your mone...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...reducing carbon output due to dramatic growth of populations and the need for more homes and city infrastructure predicted over the next 30 years. Environmentalists have encouraged city planners, architects and construction professionals to find alternatives to concrete for years in the quest for a lower carbon footp...

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?

...climate for Canada. Model simulations for five major Canadian cities showed that both technologies can perform well in the Canadian climate and should also perform well across the colder States of the USA. Another thing to try if in a cold climate zone is a DIY solar air heater - see here . Temperatures affect heat p...