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Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows

SUSPENDED-FILM INSULATING GLASS WINDOWS - A DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO THESE HIGH-PERFORMANCE WINDOWS

High-performance suspended-film insulating glass windows may offer the perfect compromise between window performance, window cost and window weight. As some early versions of suspended coated film windows had problems, we decided to take another look. Why suspended-film insulating glass windows may be a game-changer S…

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters

FIXING NOISY BASEBOARD HEATERS, HOW TO STOP THE NOISES EASILY!

One of the questions we're often asked is about noisy baseboard heaters. They click, they bang, they tick, tick, tick constantly, and most of all, electric baseboard heaters or hot water heated baseboard heaters keep people awake. So, how to fix that. Noisy baseboard heaters -yeah, it's a thing... Over the years we’ve…

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

What does 'FSC Certified' mean on Wood & Lumber Products? Choosing FSC Certified Lumber and Paper Products means it comes from sustainably managed forests and helps to protect old growth forests - which is good. What is "FSC Certified" lumber? The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international, not-for-profit or…

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

As so many searches are done online for Radon Gas Maps, Radon Gas safe levels and Radon Maps by State of USA or Province of Canada - We decided to stress the importance of testing for Radon gas in homes as November is Radon Awareness Month. Radon gas maps - levels by State or Province Radon maps show where the risk of…

Are Small Wind Turbines for Homes Any Good?

Is this the safest and most powerful small home wind turbine yet?

We were told about the PowerPod compact home wind turbine appearing on a Kickstarter campaign, but having seen a fair few home wind turbines in the past that failed to deliver on their promises, Ecohome decided to investigate. Countless inventors are stepping up to the plate with the latest and greatest green technol…

The tallest Passive House in the world will soon be built in Vancouver BC

Passive House reaches new heights in Vancouver Canada!

Ecohome has a number of awards for building groundbreaking sustainable homes, but Passive House projects on this scale are breathtaking in the way they are pushing the boundaries - Hats off to Architect Tom Wright. Vancouver, Canada established their place as a leader in reducing carbon footprints of cities and homes…

Pallet beds are trending but pallets can be toxic so be careful

Is it safe to build beds or furniture with shipping pallets?

Everywhere we look online we see cool & beautiful furniture like beds & headboards made from recycled wood from shipping pallets - but could they be slowly poisoning us? Here's how to keep pallet furniture safe. Pallet Beds - cool but potentially dangerous! We've all seen these rustic shabby-chic pallet wood beds & he…

Renewable energy wind farm

What is clean energy?

If you want to improve your carbon footprint but can't afford your own rooftop solar array, you can purchase clean energy credits and have renewable energy offset your power use. What is the cleanest energy?  Despite how commonly  the term ‘clean energy’ is used, there is actually no such thing. At least not in the po…

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

Ever wonder what happens to the recycling you send out to the curb? It may surprise you to learn that it is often sorted by hand. Learn how to sort it properly here. Spending more time at home in the last few months since Covid-19 redefined our reality has presented many with an opportunity to clean, rearrange furnitu…

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

When building a new home, especially sustainable high-performance eco homes like Passive House or Zero Net Energy in a cold climate, some heat is still necessary. Is the greenest option Electric Heating? Read on to find out. More and more homebuyers are starting to demand energy-efficient new homes and are pushing the…

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How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

There will come a point where the cost of insulation in any attic, wall or basement - and the energy required to manufacture and transport it - will outweigh any savings. Want to find out where that point is. Home Insulation - how much is too much? A House can definitely be under-insulated (millions of homes throughou…

Reflective window film to reduce overheating

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

Passive cooling techniques such as reflective window films can increase comfort, home durability and lower energy bills at the same time. After a difficult first half to 2020, heat waves then took hold across North America, from Canada down into the Southern and Central USA. These extreme summer temperatures pose a ve…

Building Climate Zones USA & Canada Maps Help with Specification of Homes

Climate Zones in USA & Canada for Building Homes

Those setting out to build an efficient, sustainable or even net zero home in the USA or Canada, or to renovate an existing home for lower energy costs and better comfort, need to ask first; "what climate zone am I in?". The first step to building a durable and energy-efficient home in North America, including Passive…

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…

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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…