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How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...smart thermostats like this one . Smart thermostats for electric baseboard heaters can reduce noise as well as costs Be careful though! Several Internet users have told us of compatibility problems between certain baseboards and certain electronic thermostats… this is probably a question of operating frequencie...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...smartphone. Our local phone provider has a 'family plan' for data sharing, which we now share between smart phones for myself and my wife, as well as with the wifi network created by the cellular modem. Data is more expensive this way than through a wired connection, but as long as we don't use the network for high ban...

Ontario climate change action plan
Grants and incentives

Ontario announces ambitious climate change action plan to reduce emissions

...smart businesses stay on top of trends, and there is no doubt that there is one happening here. Fuels perceived as 'dirty' are already at a disadvantage in the global market and that is only going to continue. This type of investment can put a province in a much better market position in a quickly changing world econom...

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...smart idea to protect your lungs. Be ready with a broom and dust pan, and ideally a shop vac. Be sure to use vacuum attachements with soft bristles, hard plasic can leave lines across the floor. Also, if you vacuum with the grain, there is less chance of leaving any visible marks. Get as much of the dust off as possi...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...SMART options, see here Ventilation: The sides of both greenhouses open as needed to let in fresh air. The insulated greenhouse also has a thermostat-activated fan that removes heat when the building reaches a set temperature. Growing season: The heated greenhouse can produce for about three seasons starting as e...

How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during COVID-19 Quarantine & Ordering Online

...smart door locks? Really?? Wow, ok... While we were searching to see if we could get around this to find some shortcuts and tips on how to track down essential products online, we stumbled across the following useful hack - Amazon has prioritized certain products Amazon is the worlds biggest online retailer, unle...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...smart or stupid, brilliant or insane, is entirely based on context. And while we have featured a number of tiny houses on our pages, we did so without really looking at the bigger picture to see if there were downsides to report. Our bad. There is no doubt that the motive of many who build small comes from wanting to...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...smart phone (yes this is possible if you haven't yet heard of it), then you can at least avoid the discomfort during the time it takes to heat up again, compared to walking into a cold house that may take hours to warm after you turn up the thermostat by hand. During the peak of summer, thermal mass can be a mixed bl...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...SMART home technology will be developed, but no such commercially available system exists yet. Therefore, our best option at present is to err on the side of safety, and provide a minimum fresh outdoor air supply at all times. Most building codes rely on the *ASHRAE standard 62.2 (or some variation of it) to establis...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...smart purchase after all. : ) There are general rules for given areas on how deep the frost line is, ranging from a few inches in the Southern States to as much as 6 or 7 feet in the far north. Find out what buillding climate zone you are in , and be sure to check with local-municipality building inspectors to know f...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...smart money would set up now with electric home heating. and as a trend, the higher the demand, the more green electricity will be produced. Choosing a high efficiency home with electric heat now is the surest way to both future-proof a sustainable home and to reduce ongoing maintenance and replacement costs. Elect...