Renewable energy / Guides

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?

...energy efficiency and renewable energy research. Ecohome will summarize and deliver this valuable information to our readers. Quite often there is a chasm sep...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class built a custom-designed tiny house, a 96-square-foot structure with a sleeping loft “upstairs” and a 300-wat...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...energy throughout the extraction and production process. Moreover, it is not easy to install. Cost of brick wall finishes: Very expensive - "If you have to as...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...Energy - 1 Imperative 7) Net zero energy: One hundred percent of the project’s energy needs must be supplied by on-site renewable energy on a net annual bas...

Green homes climate change
Lifestyle and environment

Green buildings are better situated to handle climate extremes

...energy efficiency and renewable/low-carbon energy supplies. "Every building is designed for a specific range of conditions, such as peak temperature, storm su...

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

Aquion’s saltwater home battery

...Renewable energy is a hot topic, not just in green building circles, but all across the globe. The need is urgent, the products are improving and the prices are...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...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 gro...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...renewable building material, wood has many advantages over other materials . It requires less energy to produce in terms of resource extraction, manufacturing a...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building for more than 35 years, there were countless ideas, materials, and innovative products I wanted to try o...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...energy, money & carbon footprint of homes with renewable energy. Find other articles & information on renewable energy systems here : Solar air heated r...

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment

...renewable resource and fairly abundant in most areas, certainly for rural wood burners. Trees absorb carbon as they grow and they release it when they decompo...