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How to restore a cedar wood deck easily

How to restore a cedar wood deck easily

If you’re looking to learn how to make old deck boards look new, you can easily extend the life of a grey cedar deck by pressure washing and staining. Restoring a weathered cedar deck easily, step by step  Cedar decking boards turn gray in a few short years if untreated, and can make your deck look much older and…

Furnace not heating? Furnace Troubleshooting & Easy DIY Fixes

How to troubleshoot a furnace that won’t work.

There is little more unnerving that losing heat in our homes during winter. Having a reliable heating system, and even a backup heating system, can help you rest easier at night so if your furnace isn't working, try this. There are a few things that will cause any furnace to either stop running, or only deliver cold…

Disadvantages of OIL HEATING Systems being BANNED

Oil Heating Ban in New Homes in Canada, is Gas Next?

From December 2021, Quebec banned oil heating in new homes, and as of 2023 it will even be prohibited to replace or repair oil furnaces. Looked at in detail the new provincial regulations potentially also go for gas heating. Adopted on November 17, 2021 in Quebec, the regulations for banning oil-fired heating…

How to REPAIR DRYWALL - jam that sticky white stuff in those holes folks

How to repair drywall - fill holes, cracks and dents in walls like a pro

One of the easiest DIY home improvement jobs you can do is repair small holes and dents in drywall. Fixing damaged drywall can be done with a few simple tools, see our Building Guide pages to learn how. DIY drywall repairs are an easy home improvement that pretty much anyone can handle. Cracks and dents in drywall…

Faulty Toilet Flappers Leak a Lot of Water - here's how to replace them

Faulty toilet flappers are the leading cause of leaking or running toilets, here's how to fix them

Faulty toilet flappers leak a lot of water down the pan – they provide the seal for the flush valve and control the volume of water released to the bowl. The good news is they're a pretty easy DIY fix once you know how... Read on. Why fix a leaky toilet flapper? Another of the jobs that sat on my Honey-Do-List for…

World carbon emissions by country global overview

COP26 and world carbon emissions by country per capita - which countries top the charts?

It's a common misconception that Canada & the US are doing ok 'ish' on carbon emissions - as looked at in terms of absolute emissions the usual suspects are there on top. However, looking at per capita CO2 emissions reveals a different story. With the recent COP26 Global Climate Change Conference in Glasgow…

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

Caulk, caulking, silicone, sealant - the gooey stuff in a tube used to seal windows, doors and to fill the gaps in buildings, comes in all different types - some of which usually gets on your clothes! Here we look at which caulk is best. Which is the best caulk or sealant? Finding the right caulking, and better…

How to organize food in your fridge to make it last longer

Fridge organization - how to optimize fridges to reduce food waste (and why it matters)

The amount of food wasted in North America is huge - but beyond the social implications of the "haves" and the "have nots," food waste is having a significant impact on climate change. Here's a comprehensive guide to organizing fridges at home. Did you know that there’s actually an ideal order or layout of how to…

GOOGLE MAPS update - prioritizes ECO-Friendly ROUTES & Bikes

Google Maps updated to show most eco friendly and fuel efficient routes first

Google maps has now been updated to show the most eco friendly route to drivers, as well as adding additional information for bike routes, it's an interesting application of technology. Google just announced that effective immediately, the Google Maps app will feature the most eco-friendly routes for iOS and Android…

NAHB finds Slab on Grade Foundations are Most Popular in 2020

Home foundation trends in 2020 are encouraging for sustainability as slab on grade wins

The National Association of Home Builders just completed a study of home foundation trends for 2020 in the US, and the results were both surprising and encouraging! Slab on grade foundations are a clear winner. It's slab on grade foundations for the win! The NAHB study showed that 65% of new single-family home…

Home made DIY laundry detergent from buckeyes / horse chestnuts

How to make Eco-friendly DIY laundry soap from Buckeyes / Horse Chestnuts

See our DIY instructional video of how to make your own chemical-free laundry soap with Buckeyes, Horse nuts, Chestnuts or Conkers! Whatever you like to call them, we won't think you're nuts. DIY laundry soap made from Buckeyes/ Horse Chestnuts - who knew? The mission of Ecohome goes beyond providing sustainable and…

Formica targets Net Carbon Neutral countertop products for 2030

Formica Corporation Announces New Sustainability Goals, Targets Net Carbon Neutrality by 2030

Annual Sustainability Position Paper to detail Formica Corporation’s progress It has been conclusively shown that homebuyers are increasingly looking for green and energy efficient homes, not just for their own benefits but as members of a global community. Homes built with sustainable non-toxic building materials…

Help Us to Help You - 3 Min Survey - Why Eco Homes are the Future

How Can We Help With Your Green Home Project?

Visitors to Ecohome are looking for help & advice for their sustainable construction projects - well, it's our turn to ask for your help. By taking a few minutes to share some insights about your green construction goals, we can plan for the future. Ecohome is a global pioneer in promoting sustainable housing, and…

Water Efficiency News - Trump showerhead laws reversed by Biden

Trump shower head rules reversed by Biden - Water Efficiency is Back !

Water efficiency is the smart use of our water resources through water-saving technologies and simple steps we can all take to Green up our homes. Using water efficiently will help ensure reliable water supplies today and for future generations. We were pleased to hear this week that the Department of Energy in the…

Natural Gas is being phased out - why & when?

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

Natural gas for heating & cooking in homes is so convenient & relatively affordable - so why have governments & local cities across North America & Europe taken the radical decision to phase it out, & when is natural gas going to be banned. So why is natural gas being phased out?   Natural gas is being phased out of…

Canadian new vehicle sales to be zero emissions by 2035

Canada requires all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in 2035 to produce no emissions

Sustainable transport solutions can significantly contribute towards reduced emissions and improving air quality - especially around cities - so Canada is mandating that all vehicles sold in Canada are to be zero emissions by 2035. To build a cleaner and more prosperous economy that creates good jobs while working…

How to Build Homes & Protect Homes to Stop Wildfires

How to protect your home from fire - a burning need to know.

Home destruction vs. home survival in wildfires point to embers and small flames control as the main thing to help prevent homes igniting in wildfires. Here are some tips for homeowners & builders to prepare homes to withstand wildfires. Let’s start by pointing out that this post is mostly about fire coming from…

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

As much as we want to see homes that are built sustainably - they must also fulfil their primary function - to provide safe, comfortable, healthy shelter for families to thrive - so durability and good design is key. I’m writing this during a heat wave in June, 2021, as much of the US and Canada seem poised to…

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

Spray foam insulation has been used primarily for home renovations as a way of sealing and insulating in one step, but spray foam is now even finding a home in new build - but, is it safe? Is spray foam insulation the best idea. There is a plethora of home improvement shows demonstrating how easy it is to buy…