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Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way design , increased insulation, airtight construction techniques , highly efficient mechanical systems and photovoltaic power generation . These systems an...

Wood pellet stoves that don't need electric ideal for off grid operation
Wood stove and biomass heat

These wood pellet stoves for off-grid heating don't need electric to operate

...power outages over winter. Contact the manufacturer here, in beautiful Oregon, if you want one and please mention EcoHome! Edison ECO-45 battery/solar powered...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo! igloo? L. McC : Celsius is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Inuit shelter, with solar power used to provide the energy needed to heat and ...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results panels must provide enough power to operate the home. Read more about the Net Zero Home Pilot program beginnings, and here we will cover the results. ...

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a rEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum energy generation (enough to power 12 average Canadian homes for a year) 1.5 million liters of water recycled in 2011 100% of power supplied comes from re...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased collectors, downspout solar collectors, screen or sheet metal solar collectors. If you don't have it in you to make one yourself, solar air heaters for sa...

A tiny house that looks like a stack of logs
Tiny house

A portable off-grid tiny house that looks like a stack of wood panels for off-grid power. With both kitchen and bathroom behind moveable partitions, the uncluttered interior is skillfully designed to be an undefined m...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...Solar energy collection A successful strategy to power a home with solar energy begins like the water system, with the core principle of first reducing demand...

The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

...powered by a 750W silent wind turbine and 600W solar outputs that enable it to operate completely off-grid. A dual-power system offers an additional source of e...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat thermal panels. Even this type of system is not new, the first house in the United States with an active solar heating system was built In 1939 on the M...