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EcoVéa,the intelligent shower

Low-flow shower heads are worth the money

A more efficient shower head can pay for itself in 6 months of savings on your hydro bill.… So, let's start with this somewhat shocking reality -  the average Canadian will  use over 1.4 million litres of water per year, or about 4 to 5 times that of most European citizens. This is according to the SDWF (Safe Drinki...

Water efficient Boulevard FloWise toilet from American Standard

Efficient toilets for LEED homes

The three considerations of a toilet are water efficiency, performance and aesthetics.… Watch more videos Toilets usually account for about a third of the indoor water use of a home, so toilets that carry the EPA WaterSense® label are a great place to start looking. Then comes the choice of either singl...

Grey water and heat recovery shower

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

This Quebec made closed-loop water and heat recovery system makes showering ultra efficient.… After recently posting a story sharing the brilliance that is the Swedish Orbsys water and heat recycling shower, it was brought to our attention that there is a homegrown Canadian variety as well. The EcoVéa shower by Reve...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures

Plumbing & water

Water efficient toilets, compact plumbing design, low-flow fixtures, grey water recovery and rainwater harvesting. There are lots of ways to save water in a home.… Home water consumption in Canada: On average, Canadians use over 300 litres of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200...

Caulking around windows is a cheap way to save a lot of money and ener

Green home improvements: a pyramid scheme that actually works!

There are a number of ways you can up the efficiency of your home without spending much money. Here are our top 8 home improvement tips with the greatest return.… Not everyone who wants to be 'green' has a wad of bills they can throw at the latest and greatest technologies. So where should you apply the capital you ...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

Kitchen and bathroom design can have a significant impact on your energy and water consumption, as well as the durability and air quality of your home.… Water and moisture wreak havoc on homes, affecting function, durability and our health. Given that kitchens and bathrooms are the main source of humidity, we need t...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

The energy efficiency of your home is greatly affected by doors and windows, so choose well. Here are some tips about what to look for and what to avoid.… Material choices for window frames: Window frames can be made from a variety of materials offering different levels of performance and insulation values. Air i...

What is a heat pump

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

What is a heat pump? An energy efficient home heating system that can save you some money. Read on to find out how they work and if it makes sense for you.… When it comes to residential heating and cooling systems, few types of systems are as energy efficient as heat pumps. But what exactly are they and how do they ...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

We spend an average of 90% of our time indoors, where air is usually 3 to 4 times more polluted than outside air. Building practices and building materials can lead a building up of VOCs, chemicals, mold and mildew in our homes.… Mold in homes is a bad sign so how to get rid of it or prevent mold in drywall? Mold...

Reduce water consumption with residential grey water recycling systems

Grey water recycling

Recycling grey water is becoming more and more commonplace. It reduces the burden on urban sewage treatment along with protecting a quickly dwindling natural resource.… What is grey water? The term “grey water” refers to all domestic waste water that is drained from sinks, showers, bathtubs and washing machines. ...

Exterior compresssor heat pump water heater

Heat pump water heater with exterior compressor

The SANC02 is the first heat pump water heater available in Canada to use outside air for heating water. Great technology, if a little pricey.… There are many manufacturers of heat pump water heaters on the market, which, rather than heating water with an electric coil as a normal electric hot water tank does, emplo...

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