Top Tips / Guides

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

...top tips for planning and building a green sustainable home on a budget successfully... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : How to stay on budget when building a home Finding green building design professionals Tips for a successful build Maintainin...

Saving Energy in Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs - Our Top Tips to Save Money
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Top tips for energy efficient swimming pools - reduce pool cleaning & running costs

...tips to help save electricity when you’re running a pool or hot tub, please leave a comment below and we will reply. Now you know more about eco-friendly, top tips for energy efficient swimming pools , find out more about natural pools, efficient pool heating and all about sustainable home building in the pag...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...top of the joists before laying the decking. You can lay a thin sheet of metal on top first, or an elastomeric membrane , so water that falls through the decking gaps is not left standing on the top of the joists. When choosing that material and colour, be aware that it will probably be slightly visible between the gap...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...top tips to help make your urban garden a tasty success. If you don't even have a balcony, you can even grow vegetables at home in an apartment if you can spare a small amount of window space - see here . 1.) Container gardening If you have limited outdoor space, be it a small yard, shared courtyard or balcony, a c...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...Top Tips for preparing a home for winter Extremely low temperatures over winter can test your home in many ways , and sometimes your house will return a failing grade. Even brand new homes built to code can see failures of their building envelopes, windows, doors and ventilation systems during winter, a simple failur...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...Tips for Green Homes ... Find more pages about sustainable and resilient green building techniques here : Check out our top energy saving guides here Top tips for planning and building a sustainable green home on a budget How to design a home that uses less energy Future-proof building techniq...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...top pool evaporation. So, there you have the EcoHome Top Ten Tips for saving energy & money on Swimming Pool Heating - from the EcoHome Green Building Guides . If You've any other helpful comments, ideas or questions, please post them below.

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...Tips for choosing the right windows • Choose the most efficient windows you can afford . Work with the window supplier to get the right glazing for each orientation. Members get great Discounts - sign up today... • Choose at least Energy Star certified windows or better [e.g. Passivhaus] and try to have all t...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...Top Tips and video below for specific details, and consider subscribing to EcoHome as a free member as we often have member-only offers on Eco-Friendly EIFS products. How to Install Windows & Doors Correctly The following window and door installation tips will improve any building structure , whether a new home bui...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...tips: Whatever siding you choose, creating an air space behind it where water can drain and moisture can dry is the key. The following video is about wood siding installation, but includes simple tips for creating a breathable air space to allow walls to dry. You can also read our Guide on Siding Installation here . ...

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...topsoil, mix them together or sprinkle the soil on top. When ordering soil, you can also ask for a soil / compost mix to save a step, and lay that directly on top of the leaves. Different plants will benefit from different types of compost, but cross that bridge when you get to it; this is a rookie gardener page to g...