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Gabion walls can be used for building homes

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

Gabion cage walls can add thermal mass to homes without adding significantly to the carbon footprint of a home like concrete can… Gabion walls are retaining walls built by stacking stone in a gabion cage or gabion basket that can serve many purposes but are most often used to create tiered or leveled ground in gardens…

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

A layered no-dig lasagna garden may be an easy way to convert a lawn into a food producing garden - but it's critics may say it's too easy - Ecohome investigates… As with any easy gardening technique, there is a lot to consider regarding lasagna gardening that specifically relates to its many benefits and ease of appl…

E-bikes and electric scooters- green transportation

Why you should get an E-bike now

E-bikes can be an excellent mode of autonomous green transportation that promote exercise and reduce pollution in urban centers… Ebikes or electric bikes - an increasing trend for urban commuting A basic ebike gives a rider about the same experience as a normal bike, just with a bit less effort. You can still ride on…

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

Lasagna gardening is one of the easiest ways to grow vegetables at home and turn a high-maintenance lawn into a productive garden space. What are the pros and cons of the lasagna garden? Do they work for clay soils… Lasagna gardening - what is it? The easiest way to turn a backyard lawn into an organic food-producing…

2019 Renewables produced more Electric than Coal, Gas, Oil

In 2019, renewable energy sources produced more power in the US than fossil fuels

In 2019, renewable energy sources accounted for the majority of power used in the US, the first time since 1885 that coal was not the country's main source of power… Energy generated by fossil fuels has dominated the globe for generations. Some countries have pushed for a faster transition to cleaner fuels than others…

DIY Bidet Installation Video - Save on Water & Paper

DIY Bidet installation video

More and more people are installing bidets at home, so Ecohome took a look... does the idea of a jet of water blasting your nether regions seem a hard leap to make at first? Well, the times they are a changin’… Should we consider adding a bidet? Although quite popular in Africa, Asia and Europe, the bidet has been slo…

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

Architect-Designed contemporary homes always attract attention - especially ones that are super efficient, stunningly beautiful and that ooze quality - But the Abri range is all that and more - It's Affordable too… Exceptional Prefab Eco Homes - introducing the Abri range These ultra high performance prefabricated hom…

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

Which type of insulation is best for reducing emissions and safely mitigating climate change? There may be a case to be made for EPS rigid insulation… Are foam insulation panels a green choice? The short story is, maybe. And the long story is, well.... When we launched Ecohome about a decade ago, the mission from the…

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

Zero-carbon housing & zero-energy housing are terms used interchangeably to define single family dwellings with a very high energy efficiency rating - but the overall calculation includes many other factors & should insist on good internal air quality… The low carbon footprint of the S1600 kit house The Ecohabitation…

Renewable Energy - Houston goes for 100% green

City of Houston to be powered with 100% renewable energy

Houston, Texas to be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2025 as part climate change mitigation strategy to become carbon neutral by 2050… City of Houston to be powered with 100% renewable energy  In April, 2020, The City of Houston announced a renewed deal with NRG Energy as the City’s retail electric provider, with…

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Heat Reflective Paint for Roofs & Walls, Does it Work?

A new reflective paint can reduce energy consumption & lower cooling bills

A new type of two layered paint in a range of colors has been developed by researchers at Columbia University in New York that can save energy & reduce cooling bills. Sounding too good to be true, we took a closer look… Reflective paint keeps buildings cool & lowers AC bills Studies show that a recently-developed refl…

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

Architect-Designed Modern & Minimalist homes always attract attention - especially ones that are super efficient, stunningly beautiful and that ooze quality - But Le Refuge is all that and more - It's Affordable too… The tiny house movement is on the far end of the scale of a very encouraging and growing trend towards…

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

Growing food at home, even in an apartment, is easy for both adults & kids ; here is a beginner’s guide to growing tasty greens & vegetable sprouts indoors - just add some window space and let the harvest begin … A certain level of independence and a real sense of satisfaction can be gained from the growing hobby of g…

50th anniversary Earth day 2020 taking place online

As the 50th anniversary of Earth Day is taking place in the midst of a global pandemic and social distancing is a must, find virtual Earth Day celebrations here that you can attend online… How & why we celebrate Earth Day, April 22nd Earth Day is one of the few globally celebrated days of observance in the world, with…

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Keep Families Safer

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

Smart homes can help reduce the transmission of bacteria and viruses by reducing the number of surfaces we touch in our homes, and for most things we do touch we can zap those with UV light and sanitize without chemicals… Coronavirus or COVID-19 is changing how we live, obliging us to practice social distancing and pr…

Commuting after Lock-down in the new Covid-19 World

Green commuting - getting back to work after social distancing is relaxed

E bike and electric scooters are two low-carbon & independent ways to commute to work, as is walking - it all depends on local legislation, weather conditions and the distance to commute as to the best option… All nations want and need to get back to work, and soon, but there's going to have to be a lot of adjustments…

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New Tiny House Laws in San Jose California Passed

Tiny Houses on Wheels Approved in San Jose, California

Ordinance Approval Will Permit Movable Tiny Homes as Habitable Accessory Dwelling units (ADU) & changes the laws for tiny houses on wheels in California… Tiny house living is a growing trend across the US and Canada, but the question ‘are tiny homes green?’ has always been a hard one to answer since most cities have…

Quarantine DIY Projects to do with Kids - Refinishing Wood

Home improvement projects to do with kids - Refinishing wood

At the end of last year when looking forward to 2020, being confined to home with no school for kids wasn't part of the plan - but making the best of this opportunity to pass on some life skills seems like a good idea… If you are home with your kids like us right now, then you can count yourselves among the lucky ones…

When a house becomes a #stayathome

When a House becomes a #stayathome

Our houses aren't generally where most of us spend most time, but for the next few weeks at least we're mostly #stayathome - Ecohome helps houses become better Homes, at a safe distance…   During these challenging times, The Ecohome Network is continuing to bring people together virtually, helping people turn houses i…