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tidal power generators
Renewable energy

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

...renewable energies, noise and unpredictability. After a brief stagnant period as the tide peaks, water begins to return to the sea, causing turbines to automatically rotate and begin generating power again. The success of that pilot project earned Verdant Power the first ever commercial licence in the U.S. for tidal ...

Wind farm
Wind power

Storing power from wind farms

One of the biggest drawbacks to renewable energies like wind and solar, is that it is unpredictable. This presents a challenge to grid operators, as they struggle to meet demand while compensating for calm winds or clouds. One method of balancing supply and demand that is garnering some attention lately, is pumped sto...

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

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...renewable power, which is that you can't always get it when you want it - the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine. And a major criticism with wind turbines is that you get a lot at night when you don't need it, so being able to store excess wind power makes it far more viable. Protecting your ho...

Bullfrog clean power
Renewable energy

Bullfrog Power makes clean renewable energy available to all of us.

...renewable power sources. Since Bullfrog's launch, several new wind projects have been commissioned in Canada to meet the demand of their customers. While Bullfrog Power is not yet available in all of Canada, they are working towards it so keep your eyes open.

Trinity portable wind turbine for charging devices
Wind power

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

...renewable energy generators will stop 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 impac...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...renewable energy in place already, no other province has taken such a proactive stance on addressing the elephant in the room - transportation. Quebec buildings are powered exclusively by renewable hydroelectric energy, as is much of BC and Manitoba and others, but the perceived energy cleanliness of any one of those p...

DIY cork flooring pros, cons & installation guide with video
Flooring and stairs

Cork flooring installation - the eco-friendly flooring choice, with "how to" video

...renewable resource, harvested from trees without killing them . Although it comes from far away (mostly Portugal), its carbon footprint from transportation is quite reasonable given that it is light-weight and can be made very thin - so a lot packs into a shipping container. Cork flooring is hypoallergenic, warm underf...

Renewable energy wind farm
Renewable energy

What is clean energy?

...renewable sources, so depending on where you live, some people are automatically using renewable energy. For those in regions with a mix of dirtier fuel sources feeding the grid, there are alternative methods of ‘buying’ green power. US homeowners can reduce their home carbon footprint by purchasing Renewable Energy Ce...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

The environmental advantages of wood frame construction: As just about the only renewable building material, wood has many advantages over other materials . It requires less energy to produce in terms of resource extraction, manufacturing and transportation. While still prevalent in residential construction, wood ...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...Renewable Energy - What are the Best Ways to generate Power at Home? Auto-feeding wood pellet stoves suitable for off grid homes Find more about green home construction and reap the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here .

Electric scooter for commuting
Commuting

The Scrooser: Electric e-bike / scooter for urban commuting

Enter the Scrooser. The Scrooser is a German engineered electric scooter / e-bike with a top speed of 24 km (15 mph) and a range of 35.5 km (22 miles). It works with an Impulse Drive that is literally kickstarted by it's rider as the engine engages when the scooter reaches speeds over 3 km per hour. The Scroos...