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California Bans Gas Furnaces and Boilers from Homes

California bans natural gas heating in homes

We previously reported that the UK and Europe was phasing out the use of 'natural' fossil gas in homes, and that Canada is also dropping hints about banning gas. Now California has decided to go ahead and ban Gas Furnaces, and Gas Water Heaters in Homes. “While this strategy will clean the air for all Californians…

Solar powered off grid greenhouse Sagkeeng First Nations Youth in Manitoba

First Nations Youth in Manitoba bringing food security to their community with a clean energy powered greenhouse

Two First Nations women have secured funding to build an off-grid solar powered greenhouse to provide food security for their community. The Sagkeeng First Nation is a Treaty-1, 3 and 5 First Nation in the Eastman Region of Manitoba, where two young and ambitious members of their community have undertaken a project…

Which Heat Pump is the Best for reliability, efficiency and cost?

Heat pump buying guide: review of the top 10 heat pumps

Choosing the best heat pump can be difficult. Heat pumps are poorly understood, they have often been over-sold, poorly installed, and placed where they can be a noise nuisance. But the best heat pumps are a really good choice for heating green homes. How do the best heat pumps work? A heat pump works very…

Freshly Stained Cedar Wood Deck after Renovating old Decking to Look Like New

How to Stain Cedar Wood Decking when Renovating old Decks

We recently helped renovate and stain a huge red cedar deck that had been exposed to all weathers, ice, rain and simple living - burgers dripping relish and ketchup - and all the things we enjoy on a backyard deck. How to stain an old cedar deck to make it look new and last longer. Staining an old weathered cedar…

Zero Carbon Concrete Alternative Product Cement Free by Prometheus Materials

A Sustainable, Zero-Carbon Alternative to Portland Cement concrete from Prometheus Materials CO - BioConcrete !

Using naturally occurring microalgae, Prometheus Materials and a team of scientists and engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a carbon zero alternative to carbon intensive portland cement based concrete... suitable for ready mix. In a recent press release, Prometheus Materials, a zero-carbon…

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…

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 Fix a Leaky or Dripping Faucet Easily

How to fix a Leaky Faucet for under $1 (and stop that tap dripping!)

Leaky faucets or dripping taps are a pain, which is why we decided to show a step by step guide of how easy it is to fix a dripping bathroom faucet or kitchen faucet for under a dollar - including if they are leaking from around the tap handles or tops. Why fix leaky faucets? One of the jobs that sat on my…

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…