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Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...houses probably isn't what you imagined you’d be doing in retirement, but for many seniors, buying a new home is the first step toward increased financial freedom. As long as you take the right steps to prepare and shop carefully, retiring to a new home can be a great decision. Learn more about What to look for when ...

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

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates plants clean indoor air? The idea that house plants filter and clean indoor air is at best a mini-truth, and at worst a total myth, and like any pseudo-science health trend, it can have a negative impact as well. Providing false solutions to human health issues gives people a false sense of security. Having pla...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide or a basement. Despite their disadvantages, basements are often very practical since they provide a significant amount of storage space. Without a basement, everything that would have been down there must fit into the rest of the house or in the garage or shed. Basements usually house mechanical rooms. Keep t...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...step by step Instructions for problem expansive soils and high water tables EXCAVATION for Slab on Grade foundation: Hire an engineer to establish how to seat the footing for the foundations. Soil tests will often be ordered to determine how to proceed. On expansive clay, unknown soils or infill, engineers will...

DIY Bidet Installation Video - Save on Water & Paper

DIY Bidet installation video would benefit from having their OWN towel, but ultimately your butt is clean at this point so you are just drying yourself off. Some models of Bidet come with dryers as well and you can skip the towel step. The amount of trees cut to make toilet paper And if you want the straight poop on the global ‘personal ...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls? is, for many reasons, usually more durable and more valuable in terms of resale. It also means that if you plan on occupying that house for the next 50 years, then it's possible to save $20,000 for a $2,000 investment. But there's more to it than this simple calculation of ROI. How much loose blown cellulose ...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work So if you’re in the market for a new central heating and cooling system for your home, you should definitely consider a heat pump for your heating and cooling needs. How much sense it makes will depend on how well insulated your house is. In a super-insulated home a heat pump could provide all the heat and c...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...step up on my soap box for a moment I will explain my political hackiness… Stimulate the green home construction industry Green home tax credits and interest-free loans are the best return on investment for government stimulus . An investment into improving home energy-efficiency has a multitude of benefits, with t...

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

...step-up would charge at a rate of about 80 km per hour. So the first step is choosing a charging rate that best suits you. Level 1 EV chargers : Between 0 and 1.9 kW, this is the slowest charge, like your standard 110-volt wall plug. Level 2 EV chargers : Range between 3.7 kW and 11 kW (16 A per phase). This is the...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...step-by-step video guide 7. Fascia and soffit: Metal soffit and fascia © Kaycan Fascia and soffit have more to do with your roof system than siding, so we’ll cover it here. Your fascia will probably see quite a bit of weather, and often being hard to get to, it's good to think about durability here. Woode...

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

...step in green home design that it even earns a point in the LEED green building rating system as an ‘integrated design team’. Meticulous organization is a key step in building a successful green home on a budget 6. Is building a house with green credentials yourself cheaper than hiring builders? A reasonably ...