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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...

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...

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...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...SMART radon tester and alarm for complete peace of mind. Choose the right air filter for your home with the appropriate MERV rating. Home air quality is a growing issue as homes become more energy efficient and airtight . Ventilation systems are now standard requirements in most national and regional building codes...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...smart chargers are able to be programed to only charge at off-peak hours to keep your EV fueling costs down. EVSE charger power, what's the best choice? Experts in the field suggest choosing an ESVE with at least 30 amps of power , and connecting it to a circuit breaker that can handle at least 40 amps. Some EVs ...