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

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

...windows and doors, and see where your efforts are best spent. Pay particular attention to deadbolt and door lock striker plate holes running into the wall cavity. Plastic on windows: If you have old leaky windows , as a temporary winter fix for a few bucks per window you can put a thin sheet of plastic over them that...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...windows, causing wild temperature swings from day to night. “There’s no good reason,” I used to say, “why we don’t build more Passive Houses in this country.” I assumed it was just Canadian denial of our climate; we like to wear thin jackets and complain about the weather. Are we this way with our permanent shelters ...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...windows © Ceres Greenhouse Solutions 5. In the summer you can help keep your greenhouse cooler by using a material with a lower light transmittance on the roof. We recommend hail-resistant polycarbonate plastic with at least 2 air pockets for insulation. See this installed on our video here . 6.) Use Therma...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...windows, and rooms with a view. Design from the inside out and outside in and extend living spaces to the outdoors. Provide access to nature with green, usable outdoor living, dining or play spaces, personal – even edible – gardens, or a simple sunny perch. When designing homes, let’s make the most of our smaller spa...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...windows and keeping passengers warm. Very hot weather will also reduce range as running the A/C will use power, and opening the windows will create drag and reduce efficiency. © Flo Chargers Choosing an EV in tune with your Lifestyle: If you do a lot of long-range road trips it may not be your time to switc...

Grants and incentives

Green building financial incentives

...windows , doors and appliances. Along with those initial incentives, adding efficient components usually save money over their lifetimes, so it’s a win-win situation. This will be a continually updated page as more programs are added. We will try to keep it current, but if you find some that aren't listed, or some th...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...windows and doors being properly closed, at which point your home is depressurized using a large fan built into a shield that is placed in one open doorway. This powerful exhaust fan draws air in from any existing hole in your air barrier no matter how small it is. The operator then determines your ACH (air changes p...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...windows facing south and building your house within 15 degrees of the east/west axis, you can reduce your heating needs by as much as 25% or more. A successful passive solar home also involves positioning materials with high solar absorption (stone, brick, ceramic) in the direct path of the sun’s rays; and darker col...

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...windows or jalousie windows are notorious for their air leakage, and an upgrade is strongly recommended if a home still uses them. These windows allow smoke infiltration during a wildfire, and they waste heating and air conditioning power under normal conditions. A/C and HRV / ERV ventilation system recommendations f...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...windows , doors & walls/roof, the entire volume of air will leak out and be replaced perhaps 3 or 4 times per day. Assuming a three bedroom home, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) would require: Q = 7.5 cfm/occ · 4 occ + 3 cfm/100 ft² · 2100 ft² = 93 cfm This is a little more than twice the amount coming in from natural v...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

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

...windows as much as we do. It lights up the house quite a bit in the winter and together with the radiant-floor heating, the house is much cozier than we expected," Mr. Paloheimo says. (The house also has an electric, forced-air furnace.) Ms. Paloheimo says: “I didn't like the house at first because it was complicated...