Water efficiency / Guides

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...Water efficient fixtures: Leaky faucet By using approximately 350 litres of water per person, per day, in a world where a billion people survive on 5 litres per day, Canadians have earned the dubious distinction of being the highest per capita consumers of water on the planet. For that reason, the fixtures and ...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...efficiency and cost effectiveness, by investing in insulation instead of heat generation. Energy efficiency: When you rely on an array of solar panels to power your home there is an even stronger motivation to design for reduced consumption. Energy efficient appliances and low-flow faucets reduce hot water requirem...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...water) and redistribute it throughout the house, through radiators or radiant floor heat. A system can work to heat your home, as well as pre-heating your domestic hot water. It can easily provide 60% or more of your heating and hot water in the winter and almost all your hot water needs in the summer. With a w...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...water are becoming more and more scarce in some areas, and a growing world population means more and more people want a piece of that shrinking pie. To be able to offer your family a safe, warm home and enough to eat without relying on societal infrastructure is what defines resilience. After a lifetime of teaching i...

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?
Heating with gas and oil

Why Natural Gas is Being Phased Out of New Home Construction (and When?)

...water - all part of the reasons why cities are banning gas. Does fracking contaminate drinking water? There are conflicting opinions about whether or not fracking for gas can contaminate ground water, and consequently contaminate wells and drinking water. Opposing opinions on the internet eh, who knew that was a ...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...water supply as it is aerated through showers and faucets. This is really only a problem for well water, most municipal systems come from lakes and rivers and have minimal levels. For severe cases of radon in water there are solutions that can remove the gas, but they can be quite expensive. If you are in a high risk...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...efficiency solar air panels could feed air directly into their existing in-floor duct work. They welcomed the challenge and engineered the system that will be the main heat source of our new (as close as we can get it to ) Zero Energy home . Needless to say that we will be incorporating high efficiency insulation and a...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

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

...efficiency electric heat pumps result in a better comfort level than baseboard heaters, as they reduce the relative humidity level in the home and circulate the air – evening out the room’s temperature. How to fix noisy water-heated baseboard heaters? Some noisy baseboard heaters are water heated – so we should als...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...water heaters help cool a home as they extract heat from the air to generate hot water . Rather than shooting hot air at your neighbours house, a heat pump water heater converts heat in the air into hot water, and the result is that it expels cool air. We think this is a very cool idea (no pun intended) for cooling a h...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...water and air pollution, climate change and deforestation. In some parts of the U.S. irrigation has caused such a drop in water levels that some hydroelectric dams have ceased to be productive, increasing production of non-renewable power sources. For the serious carnivores out there that can't bear the thought of ...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...water consumption). Improve the overall energy efficiency of the dwelling : No one wants to buy someone else's energy pig, so investing in durable energy-efficient upgrades is wise. Don't just start jamming insulation into every crack and corner for show, be sure it's done properly. Read about easy home upgrades for ...