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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…

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

We all like money saving ideas for the home to keep our bills and energy use to a minimum, one of those ideas is low-flow shower heads. Are low flow shower heads worth it? So, let's start with this somewhat shocking reality -  North Americans will on average use over 1.4 million litres of water per year, or about 4 to…

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 single flush or d…

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 Reveeco…

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

Are you wondering how to build a Tiny House for living in cold climates? How much insulation does a tiny house need? See plans for the best tiny house on wheels that we've ever seen. Are tiny houses a good investment? That depends on how you want to live and how well they are built. Small homes are more affordable an…

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil

Sanding your own wood floors

This is one place where you can safely save some money. Sanding wood floors is a time consuming but relatively easy procedure. Sanding wood floors & refinishing yourself will definitely save money, and even an inexperienced homeowner can likely do a better job than the lowest bidding handyperson who quotes on it. Once…

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

The practice of putting polyethylene vapor barriers in houses was intended to keep them dry, but it ends up keeping them wet. It's time to explore alternatives and to reconsider how to keep homes cool in summer. Vapor Barrier + Air-Con = Damp Moldy Walls So here's a little known fact that most HVAC installers won't te…

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 litre…

Natural backyard swimming pool design (NSP)

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

Say goodbye to chlorine and hello to beauty, by using plants for filtration and oxygenation of natural swimming pools. The origins of natural swimming pools Natural pools were inspired by the beauty and joy of swimming in mountain lakes, a team of Austrian researchers are credited with launching a movement back in the…

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

Canada Green Building Council President Thomas Mueller calls Ecohome's Edelweiss House "A phenomenal achievement". A LEED Platinum Home project overview As building rating systems drive building codes to greater levels of performance, the rating systems themselves need a periodic upgrade to stay ahead of the curve; en…

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

Comparing the performance of air source heat pumps and ground source geothermal heat pumps at the Living City Campus Archetype Sustainable House to discover which is the best option. Air Source Heat Pumps, and are Ground Source Heat Pumps "Geothermal?" First let's clear up some confusion on terminology regarding heat…

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