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Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid heating systems

Post 3 in Craig Anderson's off-grid living blog covers heating systems - what worked, what didn't, and what changes were made.

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Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

All about off-grid power generation

In this second post in a series on off-grid living, Craig Anderson outlines the energy systems of his house and explains why he chose them.

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Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
Tiny house

Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras.

With a hot tub, personal chairlift and the mountainous playground in his back yard, snowboarding pioneer Mike Basich re-defines what a truly rich life looks ...

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Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog - energy modeling projections and real performance

Energy modeling can help you find the weak link in a building envelope and tweak your design before you start building.

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

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification

When you're a long way from the amenities of civilization, employing both active and passive solar strategies can provide security, independence and just goo...

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Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 4: appliances, mechanical and other systems

How to keep power consumption at a minimum in an off-grid house without affecting quality of life.

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Grey Water Recycling Never Looked Better
Greywater Recycling

Greywater recycling never looked better

Jang Wooseok designed the Eco Bath grey water recycling system to address water conservation in washrooms. Mission accomplished, and elegantly so.

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Ecodrain greywater recovery unit
Greywater Heat Recovery

A new design in greywater heat recovery

Ecodrain is the first company we've seen to turn greywater heat recovery units on their side, making heat recovery option where it might not have been before.

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Electricity

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

How to prepare for emergencies and power outages

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Off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

If you are thinking about going off-grid with solar panels and a battery backup, there are lots of good reasons to do so and ways to do it more affordably. W...

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Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

This is the first in a series of blogs we will post from Craig Anderson about the ups and downs of building an off-grid home.

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